Wondermark's steampunk helicopter

Dave from the Wondermark webtoon sez, "Hi folks. I made a steampunk helicopter for my most recent Wondermark comic. It's collaged together in my usual fashion from scans of old Scientific American magazines. I've been making helicopter noises with my mouth as I walk around this morning and realized that I'm just super duper proud of it, so I thought I would share. Thanks, hope you like it!"

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  1. Arlo Midgett, yes you know who, made helicopter sounds with a typewriter recorded onto a tape, circa (it was chemistry with the late Mr. Myerchin so we must have been juniors) 1988. That class still makes me smile, and Arlo was a good friend to have in lab.

    – Ethel

  2. I would absolutely love to see this flying around for real.. from a safe distance, and definitely out from under it.

  3. as one who actually designs and builds aircraft… this makes me cringe… the rotor has to be at the balance point of the craft… the craft needs to hang under the rotor hub… this one could NOT… get that one detail right and I’d love it…

  4. I’m unable to suspend my disbelief– especially in light of the fact the recent record breaking steam car tips the scales a 3 tons (with just 140 kilos of that being water). Amusing, and perhaps reminiscent of Jules Verne, but I like my SF to be at least plausible. On the other hand, perhaps the helicopter incorporates Martian liftwood?

  5. @flytych – the nose strut is made of solid lead.

    @jerwin – the rest of the craft is made of carbon fiber.


  6. Glad to see Malki is proud of this one. I knew it was something special the moment I laid eyes on it and immediately linked it to a half-dozen of my friends.

    None of them replied, but I’m *certain* it’s because they were similarly awestruck. :3

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