Work in Progress: The Dragonfly Pilot.

by hansmeevis on April 16, 2016


Then I made a cover for the joystick.

I took a hex bolt and then formed to copper over it until I got a shape like that.

The feet will still be worked and engraved on further toward finishing time.


And I made the various levers and controls to be able to fly this machine.

There’s more levers and things to come.


Starting the middle arms.

I take 4 mm brass rod and carve it with a big ass flame tungsten carbide burr.


Rough carving directly into the metal.



I get tired quickly of what I make.

I got tired of the first head, so I made another.

I carved it out of a thicker piece of brass.


I made a yaw control lever out of titanium.

You can see the tapped mounting hole at the bottom.

Tapping titanium is wonderful…..


I heat blued and installed the yaw lever for one of the middle arms.


And then I also made a vertical indicator.

I hung a temporary piece of turquoise on it.

I will replace that with a dark garnet bead when I find them.  They AWOL.


I made his eyes out of titanium.

They just been stuck in with putty.

Later I’ll mark the pupil area and then rivet the titanium with a ball of gold there.

I need an aggressive and intelligent look.


Then I had to add the methane/ hydrogen sulfide vent pipes that the alien pilot needs to operate at 100% efficiency.

The gauge has not been commissioned yet, and needs careful calibration, because the mix of gasses is quite critical.


Here I am.

The pilot with the cockpit open.

I made it so that the entire cockpit is removable so that everyone can see the alien pilot in his full splendor.

I’m going to do the rear feet again.


Cockpit closed.


Other side.




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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Vicki Kataja April 19, 2016 at 1:46 am

I do so enjoy your creations! Please keep them coming..


Ginny Vivier April 18, 2016 at 5:15 pm

OMG Hans,

How big is the whole thing? It looks like it is at least 3-4 feet wide?
You must have crazy ass dreams! Amazing work!


hansmeevis April 19, 2016 at 5:03 am

No, only 60 cm ( 2 feet) wide.It’s enough work at that size!

Bob A. DeMarcki April 18, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Hans – Fantastic work and thank you for sharing for all to see.


Judy in Kansas April 18, 2016 at 12:03 pm

As per your usual spectacularness, everything is amazing! Great imagination and concept. Rock on, Hans.


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