I've heard of at least two kitmakers investigating the market for a single-place enclosed machine, but I'll leave it to the guys who've been at this a while to tell you if anyone's ever enclosed a Bensen.
The Montgomerie Merlin, a British kit, is essentially a Bensen-based design with lots of streamlining, although not completely enclosed:
What I really want is a single place which can be converted from enclosed to wide-open easily, since I live in the Portland, Oregon area. We have spectacular summers for about three months, and at least half the days of the other nine months it rains!
You might take a look at the Falcon I design. Neal has an enclosure for this machine - very nice looking. Although the Falcon is a drop keel machine, Neal has a kit to make the Bensen/Brock a drop keel machine.
The enclosure may work for the stock machines also. The tail surface must be increased over stock and Neal can help.
Neal is a great guy. I spoke with him recently and he's very knowlegable (sp?) and easy to talk to. He's in semi-retirement and doesn't advertise much anymore. You can reach him at : [email protected]
You can see a picture of the FalconI with pod on the Vortech web site under the gyro section - he bought the company.
Hey, Chuck, I'ved lived in Atlanta, Greenville SC, and Orlando, and enjoyed them all, but I have a son, daughter and granddaughter here now, so relocation is unlikely.
I'm also suffering with Aviation Induced Divorce Syndrome, so my ability to relocate for reasons like weather will be limited for a while. I'm hoping to come through the process with some hope of building a gyro when it's over, and for now, my new apartment is pleasant, relatively inexpensive, close to work, and has a nice, clean garage. (AKA hangar.)
I saw pictures of an enclosed Bensen (in aluminun) from Alaska, pretty neat job.
At the end you cannot call them Bensen anymore, they end up being center line and that changes the whole story.
Don't even think in adding a cabin in that configuration!
I have a factory original Bensen enclosure (design by Marion & Doc Springer I believe) featured in the classic action film "the Great Skycopter Rescue"
I would be willing to sell the enclosure reasonably as it needs a deal of cosmetic work.