"Black Knight" WWI Whirligig

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Project by RicksWhirligigs posted 01-18-2010 09:30 PM 7206 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the first WWI Whirligigs I made about two years ago. It is modeled after a German tri-plane, the Fokker, which is often linked with the famous Manfred von Richthofen, better known as The Red Baron. It earned a reputation as one of the best “dogfighters”.
My love of building WWI whirligigs all started when my wife and I moved to Tehachapi Ca and noticed right away that there is almost always a steady breeze blowing. Once I had my workshop up and working again, I started experimenting with wind toys to take advantage of the constant breeze. And thats where Ricks Whirligigs were born. My whirligigs all have free spinning propellers that only need the slightest breeze to turn, also I mount them on a rod and the tail section of the airplane acts as a weather vane, so the nose is always seeking the wind. Since the first whirligig was made I have really had fun making other WWI airplanes. I have perfected numerous models from the era, if your interested in purchasing one visit
I’m not looking to make a profit on this little operation, so you will find my planes are very under priced. I just enjoy building them and helping people share in the fun of a WWI whirligig.

-- Rick,

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 10:10 PM

those ain´t bad both the fokker and the spad are qeit good if you made them after a picture
and the idea of use them this way is great
and welcome to L J injoy the site and have fun


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#2 posted 01-18-2010 10:32 PM

I enjoyed these… nice work.

by the way, didn’t the P51 had 4 blades on the prop?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 01:59 AM

Very fine work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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