V-22 Osprey Build-Along

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments by


One of the most impressive helicopter-related products at the 2011 Toledo Expo was the V-22 Osprey.  I’d read a good deal online about this remarkable design, and I’d seen a number of online videos as well, but seeing it in person I gained a clearer understanding of the careful thought and effort that went into this machine.

Designer Tom Mast has devoted more than 3 years to the design and development of this complex aircraft, which replicates the performance of the full-scale Osprey in every way.  The mechanical design was ingenious, and Tom developed an onboard module to allow smooth control of the aircraft with a standard helicopter radio.

My impressions were born out at the 2011 IRCHA Jamboree, where Tom put in a number of eye-catching demonstration flights.  The stability and performance looked to be everything you could ask for as the Osprey made smooth transitions to high speed flight and back to hovering.  I was very impressed.  Needless to say I jumped at the opportunity to build a V-22 and learn about this machine from the ground up.

In the coming weeks I’ll be building the RotorMast V-22, and I hope you’ll follow along with the project.  It looks like it’ll be an interesting and I hope rewarding build.  In the meantime, you can learn more about this aircraft, download the construction manual and contact the designer at:

Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan, Workshop Build-Alongs

About the author

A longtime contributor and the current "Heli Talk" columnist for Electric Flight, Jim has been heavily into aeromodeling for nearly 25 years. Electric warbirds are his main love, although in recent years helicopters have taken much of his attention. He is focused on scale helis and his favorite part of the hobby remains designing and scratch building.
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