Work in Progress: The Dragonfly Pilot.

by hansmeevis on April 16, 2016

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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.

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

There’s more levers and things to come.

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Starting the middle arms.

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

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Rough carving directly into the metal.

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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.

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I made a yaw control lever out of titanium.

You can see the tapped mounting hole at the bottom.

Tapping titanium is wonderful…..

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cockpit closed.

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Other side.

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Vicki Kataja April 19, 2016 at 1:46 am

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

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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!

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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.

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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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