The original pages that describe this project are in Russian, but you can read the translated version of them here and pretty much follow what the designer was thinking and dealing with when he built his own flying version of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from the film Avengers from Marvel Studios.
RC hobbyist native18 detailed his build in the forums on the Russian RC hobbyist web site RCDesign.ru. He begins with stills from the movie, and starts reverse engineering the iconic aircraft by applying what he knows about aeronautics. To paraphrase, he notes that when the craft is floating on the water, the four rotors are immersed, but that the craft then lifts them out of the water, they spin up, and it takes off. He then notes that this sounds completely wrong, and that he’s going to have to deal with the problem of keeping the rotors clear somehow – the top video to the right proves he solved it. His Helicarrier can float, and lift off from the water’s surface, pretty much straight up!
Native18 began by tracing out the top view of the aircraft on the back of some leftover wallpaper. The airframe weight was planned at about 500 grams, the weight of the flight systems with the battery and the board about 600 grams, so the estimated total take-off weight was 1100 grams. This means that most of the craft had to be made of a combination of foam and paper. Fortunately the artists who designers of the original aircraft had designed something you can actually build. These days we call them quadrotors, and they’re usually controlled by tiny microcomputers.
In this video, you can see that he managed to figure out how to lift off right from the water, after a short struggle with surface tension.
The second video, though, shows a version of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier based on the comic books before the movie came out. It can’t rise from the water, but it can launch other aircraft from its flight deck while it’s aloft.
We’re showing you these two amazing projects to reinforce an idea: that if you can dream something, if you can imagine something, that thing can be done. And the person who does is the person who changes the primary question from “can I?” to “How can I?”.
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