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 From:  scrw
472.1 
Hi Michael and everyone here,
I remember the moment when I opened and played the first Rhino beta, which was quite long time ago. Moi made another good impression on me and I really appreciate Michael’s talent and effort creating this nice program.
I downloaded it earlier but started to use it only three month ago, and I have some output that I want to show here. Each part is modeled in Moi and then rendered in Rhino.
This is a personal project. It took about 8 weeks. I spent lots of time for ideas. I did some sketching on paper and some researching for reference data and images and then a lot of thinking and then some more sketching again.
I didn’t go into too much detail but tried to keep a certain level of consistency.
For example, this isn’t a model in the real world but all mechanical parts should work properly and functionally in some sense. This idea took me a lot of time to research possible solutions and even to model. At first I set the time for it around the early steam engine era but it still isn’t clear to me the time you can see this type of flying machine.
I just decided to leave it to the viewer’s imagination!

I just followed my desired feelings and senses.
There was lots of feedback during modeling process because there was no fixed plan or drawings for each part; instead I depend more on sketches on paper until I declare to myself, “It’s enough”.
Anyhow, I did and here are some images of the flying machine that I dreamed of.



















I really enjoyed Moi doing this project and thank you again, Michael.
PS. I will post some more ideas later

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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
472.2 

Added to the special thread Gallery :)
Wright & Leonardo mixing :)

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EDITED: 11 Mar 2007 by PILOU

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 From:  wibble
472.3 

Awesome!

I love the tightly stretched fabric over the wings, with the tension showing on the wings framework.

Because of the pram wheels, it might be fun to put a toddler/baby inside it, instead of an adult. :)

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 From:  Richard (RUSIRIUS)
472.4 
Jaw dropping fantastic!
That is a beautiful model you have done there. The detail and overall design is fabulous.

I could not agree more with your comments about MoI. This program just pushes you to create things with it's simplicity.
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 From:  JTB
472.5 
Perfect modeling!
The rendered images have a very nice feeling, very nice!

 
***There is a better way to do things... Just find your Moment of Inspiration***

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 From:  Michael Gibson
472.6 In reply to 472.1 
Wow, that is so cool!

Feels like a Victorian-era modernization of the Leonardo DaVinci glider!

There are so many nice touches like the old-style suspension system and the wire supports. It just has a fantastic rich feeling to it throughout.

I'm really glad that you enjoyed using MoI for building this cool idea, it is really very energizing for me to hear that.

Thanks very much for sharing it!

- Michael
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 From:  Jesse
472.7 In reply to 472.6 
I concur with everything that's been said... wow!
It's a true work of art.. I can imagine the feeling of gliding on air
with those bat-like wings and then the hard bounce from
the stiff suspension of the carriage when the wheels touch down!:-)

Jesse
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 From:  tyglik
472.8 In reply to 472.1 
Hi,

Your fantastic!!! model reminded me of nice one by Otto Kuhni. So I started googling and, of course, I was able to find it after a while - http://www.gasparin.cz/photo.php?foto=co2/models/kuhni/kuhni_03.jpg&lng=en. There are another cute models on that web-sites - see here. By the way, all of them are powered with CO2 engine whose principle is identical to steam engine. It means that they can fly! Although there is a propeller instead of flapping wings.

You can also read more about flapping wing here - http://www.ornithopter.org.


Petr
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
472.9 In reply to 472.8 
What a collection!

Little also but a little more big :)
Start http://pou.guide.free.fr/index.htm you can explore all the site but :)
http://pou.guide.free.fr/somm1_participer.htm -->Rassemblements
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 From:  scrw
472.10 
Hi all,
Thank you for all your comments, interest and ideas.
Here are some images you may be interested in addition to what I posted before.

1 Manikin



After I settled down my rough ideas for the flying machine, I decided to make a manikin first which would help me judge all of the criteria that I will need to use during the modeling process, such as dimension, proportion, balance, materials and ideas.
This is kind of a sketch model project so I’m not really serious about technical detail, but I know this manikin will help me approach all modeling information faster.
For example, you don’t need a ruler to measure to figure out the seat height and width and so on because the manikin is there as a reference.
So I made it quickly. It is 95 percentile manikin data based.
It’s quite a simplified version but it has all necessary joints to pose quickly.

2 Suspension system and wheels



Wheel design is based on an invention drawing from older times. It is quite an advanced type but not the modern type and I used flat springs for the suspension system for smooth landings.

3 Steam engine and wing motion actuator



I just picked the symbolic shapes and modified and then put them together as chimney, boiler tank, pipes … from early steam engine pictures…not worrying much about real working engine mechanism details and I arranged all the parts into compact space behind the pilot.

4 Controls







This took a lot of time to figure out how I could make it fly in some sense.
There are tail (rudder) controls with foot, side wing motion controls in the front and a power control (side lever).
Front gauge indicators are just for the engine and the actuator condition display, not for the navigation kind of information. You just need your flying senses like birds have.

5 Assembled view



Finally, basic functions and shapes are put together well and I still think it needs more detail but I decided to stop adding details because it shows enough most of the ideas that I had planned earlier on.

6 Assembled view with pilot (manikin)



7 Wing structure





This was another difficult challenge for me to make it a nice early-looking wing structure design.
I searched several different designs and ideas for wings.
I chose three famous inventors’ ideas; Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519, Otto Lilienthal 1848-1896, and Gustave Whitehead 1874-1927. Among them Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches (bat wing shape) really fascinated me. The overall design idea and details are simple and easily understandable. It’s kind of a message to us we can fly like a bird. And he did it five centuries ago! So I took some ideas from above inventors’ sketches and models.

8 Flying







During this project, there were some minor struggles to figure out tool functions and because of limitations, especially object handling tools. Of course, I am learning new Moi tool functions whenever I open it.
But overall, it is quite an interesting project for me because I never tried to create something like this before using our ancestors’ ideas, the technology and the materials from that time. It’s like time travel and I have learned many things, especially “how we get to really fly.”


scrw

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 From:  Michael Gibson
472.11 In reply to 472.10 
Wow!

Thanks for showing the additional details, it was a bit hard to appreciate the details in the engine and controls in the original shot.

So cool...

- Michael
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 From:  tyglik
472.12 In reply to 472.10 
Amazing machine! And wires look really like stranded.... -Petr
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 From:  jotero (TOROLF)
472.13 In reply to 472.10 
WOW.... very nice work Ö

ciao
torolf
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
472.14 
And Torolf is a specialist of crazzy forms !)
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EDITED: 17 Mar 2007 by PILOU

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 From:  sk2k
472.15 

Amazing! Great attention to the details. I love that thing. :)

MfG
sk2k

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