80's Plastic Helicopter Kite
My brother and I have been struggling with trying to find any information regarding, as best we can describe it, a plastic helicopter kite.
It is something we owned waaay back in around the early 80's.
This thing was a mean machine and quite dangerous for anyone unlucky enough to be anywhere near it as it came close to the ground. However, this helicopter was awesome! And it sounded awesome as the blades whirred away.
The helicopter had 4 rotor blades on top and we believe 4 blades on the rear... but may have been two.
The kite was yellow in colour. It perhaps measured about two foot in length and a just under a foot wide for the body. The blades were perhaps 3 foot tip to tip and maybe 5 cm in width. The body of the helicopter was just a frame. It was entirely made of plastic and was very rigid and strong. No tubular sections that I can remember. All the plastis was long flat rectangle shaped parts. Oh, it did have a plastic looking seat in the middle of it.
It would usually take two people to get this thing off the ground in good winds. It was controlled by the use of four strings. Two strings held per hand and attached at four separate points on the helicopter.
The second person would hold it in the air until the blades were screaming away and would then give it a lift and off it went. It was very stable and flew like a dream. This toy was the most unusual and memorable thing we owned at around 9 years old! It was damn scary :-D
We want to know if it can be bought today. If not, at least to find images of it for memories sake. Any help in identifying this fantastic kite will be so appreciated with huge smiles.
After some extensive image searches, I have failed to turn up anything that exactly matches your description. However, you can easily double-check by typing "gyro kite" (including those double-quotes) into Google Image Search. This particular search turned up the biggest collection of relevant images.
Regarding whether this gyrocopter kite would be for sale - I very much doubt that, due to its sheer age. Even eBay is not of much help since it mainly carries 'new' items these days. I did check though.
All I can suggest is that you join some kite forums online and ask around. Someone, somewhere is likely to know more about your kite! Perhaps they even have photos of their own.
In particular, try 1 or 2 relevant sub-forums in this collection of forums...
Hope you eventually track down that elusive whirring flying machine!