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There is not alot known about this mighty little machine. Peolpe have noted it's resemblence to the chinese clone of the CH-6 and CH-7 helicopters. A picture of the MC-1 helicopter was featured on page 31 of the Jan/Feb issue of Rotorcraft Magazine and has been seen in other periodicals and homebuilt helicopter forums and groups (Rotary Forum and Yahoo Experimental Helicopter Discussion Groups). It has also been seen flying at El Mirage events in the past.
As confirmed by a French Aviation Journalist, it seems the French MicroCopter MC-1 (having a MC-1 prototype, and aiming towards the production of a radial diesel powered MC-2), has no connection to the American MC-1 that has been identified at the above events.
Apparently the helicopters builder and designer Mr Mario Codorniu is a Cuban refugee that left there years ago and now lives in Riverton Ave, North Hollywood, LA (last known). He is said to have gone into some level of production. There are still a few projects floating around so keep an ear to the ground if you are interested!
Some (unconfirmed) design features are:
Homebuilt construction with neat and professional welding done by Mariano Codorniu
Hughes 269 cones for the rotorhead
A seemingly little rear-end unit out of a 4-wheel ATV, like a Honda or something, for the main transmission (possibly insufficient due to different stresses)
Further information is that while there was some good thinking involved, some of the stuff might raise your eyebrows, like the 1/2" thick 2 foot by 3 foot solid aluminum plate just to hold the engine on.
Reports are that it is a very impressive machine with quality workmanship throughout. Quote from a helicopter enthusiast that viewed the machine:I fell in love with it...
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