thank you for posting the paper on the Monte Hoskins blades, it's always impressive how much detailed thought has to go into something to make it work and the step by step explanation of the process will definitely help to avoid some pitfalls. I have been to the French meeting at Bois de la Pierre and had a really great time! I talked to some of the old timers there who had been building wood blades but these have gone out of fashion and nobody saw any reason to save the know how that had been gathered back then. I also did not meet Jean-Claude, the Frenchman who is building the wooden tractor autogyro in one thread in the forum, so I can not contribute to the wood blade effort...;-(
I will write a personal account of my trip in the weeks to come, mainly for entertainment since the one substantial thing, my meeting Jean Fourcade who is also programming an autogyro stability program, is of not general interest in the forum.
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I really appreciate your efforts and will myself continue to try and find information about using wood in aircraft.
Hi Curtiss, unfortunately threads on wooden rotor blades do not find the attention of many users, I have started a few of them myself in the past....;-( ... but we'll not give in easily, won't we? After all the late, great Cmdr. Wallis used them all life long, so there must be something about them. I still wonder whether the stability exhibited by his designs might partly be due to the wooden blades.
As I said in the thread I will be at the French autogyro meeting in Bois de la Pierre next weekend and see what I can learn about the activities of DIY builders in France. I am really looking forward to it and I will of course share pictures of the event with the forum!