Working Model Autogiro (Britains 1392)

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Working Model Autogiro (Britains 1392)

Autogiro Working Model, Cierva C30, Britains 1392 (1935).jpg (i)
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Arch Two , Area 16
Aviation (display)
Shelf 3
1935 - 1939

A largish (16.5cm bodylength) blue cast-lead model Cierva C.30 Autogiro, made by Britains Ltd. as model No. 1392, from 1935 to 1939. The model is referred to in some listings as "Civilian Autogiro".

The model has a blue body and a brown propellor (signifying wood), and has a white stripe along the side, and the numbering G-ACIN (which was apparently the number carried by a Cierva C30P in real life), and includes a pilot.

The three detachable rotor blades are silver, and the rubber tyres are white.

Box art

1935 box artwork


The model is meant to be slung on a length of line, and is fitted with two pulleys: One wired unobtrusively to the tail, and another fixed directly beneath the apex of the frame that holds the rotor.

As the model runs along the wire, one side of the the forward pulley rubs on the bottom edge of a bell-shaped piece that acts as a contrate gear, causing the central rotor axle to rotate.