If you look closely, you can spot a set of four quadcopter motors mounted to the chopper’s landing skid that provide all of the vertical lift needed to make this replica—made of lightweight foam—actually fly. A smaller motor powers the tail rotor, while an additional propeller causes the Lego helicopter’s main roto to slowly spin in flight.
Obsessed Lego fans might recognize this helicopter from set 6396, the International Jetport, originally released way back in 1990. Woodworth’s version of the vehicle is 10 times larger than the original but only weighs in at a little over 4.5-pounds, including the hand-sculpted foam minifigure pilot. It’s a one-off custom creation, however, so don’t bother trying to reach out to Woodworth to buy a kit—you’ll have to build it yourself from scratch instead.
Welcome to drone day on the Adafruit blog. Every Monday we deliver the latest news, products and more from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), quadcopter and drone communities. Drones can be used for video & photography (dronies), civil applications, policing, farming, firefighting, military and non-military security work, such as surveillance of pipelines. Previous posts can be found via the #drone tag and our drone / UAV categories.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.