Own Designs

This section covers those individuals who either published designs for helicopters or never achieved any significant commercial viability (low volume aftermarket fuselages etc).  Generally these designs were published in magazines of the time and varied from almost complete self manufacture to those utilising commercially available parts.  It does not include plans from designers who then went on to commercial manufacture i.e. Schlüter, Morley etc, however, I have included here those which used a commercially available helicopter and then either significantly updated this design thus basically making it a 'new' helicopter or provided Fuselage kits utilising commercial mechanics.

Unknown Design

This section covers helicopters/individuals where my information is lacking or not detailed/conclusive enough to put them anywhere else.

John Burkam

Produced a design that RC Modeller magazine then published in 1967; this was an experimental machine and was not successfully flown at the time but was finally flown many years later.

Gene Rock

Produced a design and published in 1972 called the S.S.P. which was a basic 'open' design fixed pitch helicopter and the first proven helicopter for 'home' building. This plan had a number of upgrade redesigns over the next few years.

John Drake

Produced a design of the Hiller Raven UH-12E and took part in the 1973 RCM&E first UK helicopter competition; his second model was presented as a plan in his book released in 1977. 

Peter Valentine

Produced a small 'Pod and Boom' design and came second in the 1973 RCM&E first UK helicopter competition; his model was to be developed into the Lark and he also produced a number of other variants which were not taken up for commercial production. 

Ed Sweeney

Produced a design called the Superbird which utilised the Du-Bro 505 and converted it to a single rotor configuration.

Dave Keats

Produced a design called the Polecat which was presented in a 1974 magazine article followed by a second design (Bumble Bee) which was not offered due to 'legal' difficulties.

Paul Müller

Hand manufactured in small quantities a scale model of the Alouette II.

1976 Dave Nieman (UK)

Produced a JetRanger fuselage designed to take Schlüter flatbed mechanics.

Louis Lavine

Home design based on Schlüter mechanics and published in a USA magazine.

1983 Jean Broux (France)

Home design helicopter subsequently published in the magazine MRA (Le Modèle réduit dàvion); fixed pitch for 25 size engines.


The BA stood for Bengt Andersson who in the mid 1980's decided to manufacture a 'home' build helicopter called "Stinger".

Kurt Danisch

German Modeller, no further informations available.