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5867 - Light helicopter (with building instructions)
Another alternative of the set 5867 - but I wanted to do something without wheels this time.
About this creation
So I ended up with this light helicopter. It can carry one person, and has only the necessary controls on the dashboard to maximize the view from the cockpit:



Despite being a light vehicle it has two strong turbine engines, so you might consider this a "sport 'copter" - after all, the original car from this set is a roadster!



I started the build from a selected part again: as I wanted to do something without wheels I removed the rubber parts of them. After a few minutes I figured the result look like a part of some kind of engine.





You can also see the position lights. The requirements are red lights for the left side and greens for the right - well, I didn't have any green pieces so I used yellows. I guess I can't leave our private garden now to avoid penalties.



The cockpit can be opened to let the pilot jump in and out easily.



All parts of this helicopter was quite straightforward - except the tail. I had some trouble with creating the tail rotor, so I tried to create a NOTAR version as well. NOTAR is the name of a helicopter anti-torque system which replaces the use of a tail rotor. Developed by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems, the name is an acronym derived from the phrase NO TAil Rotor. The system uses a fan inside the tailboom to build a high volume of low-pressure air, which exits through two slots.

It's a clever idea but unfortunately results a very ugly tail as a result - at least in my eyes. So I ended up with a fairly simple solution with a conventional tail rotor.

At least I could meet the regulations this time with the white position lights at the back.



This plane would require a kid to be 5 or 6 years old at least to be able to fly it in the garden, because the main rotor and the landing slopes are a bit fragile.



One cannot see much from the bottom, but it gives a view of the cockpit's construct.



Here's a closer look of the main rotor and the turbines.



I think it's obvious now, I'm getting higher and higher from this set. (Sorry about the bad joke...)

I gave it a try in the garden , it definetly looks good on the sky. Hope you enjoy it too!




*EDIT: since I've found this of my three MOCs the most entertaining from the view of playability, I've recreated it in LEGO Digital Designer, to make it easier to replicate for any interested kids out there. :) (It seems that some connections are considered illegal by LDD, so the rotors and part of the engines are shown separatedly. There are some differences in color as well at some parts.)

You can find the .lxf file here.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  August 22, 2013
Hi Andras. Hope family life is treating you well. My wife is pregnant with our third!! Due in early November, so I might be a bit busy to build too. I forgot about this one - it is brilliant love the opening windscreen. Hopefully we will see another build from you soon???
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  November 12, 2012
Quoting Martin Janovec Very nice! You made many people happy because instructions! Thank you again from all such people! Some constructions on web are really beautiful, but unfortunately make people more unhappy than happy, because missing some inside or construction photos and not all people manage rebuilt them.
Hi Martin! You may be right, but I guess it depends - some of us does not post instructions to press visitors for discovering the way to build the alternative. It can be much fun, but requires appropriate photos, as you mentioned too.
 I like it 
  November 8, 2012
Very nice! You made many people happy because instructions! Thank you again from all such people! Some constructions on web are really beautiful, but unfortunately make people more unhappy than happy, because missing some inside or construction photos and not all people manage rebuilt them.
 I made it 
  December 29, 2011
Quoting Nils O. Wow, that's cool! I've downloaded the LXF file to see more of this one. Amazing that you did that with this set! Well done!
Thanks for the kind words. :)
 I like it 
  December 28, 2011
Wow, that's cool! I've downloaded the LXF file to see more of this one. Amazing that you did that with this set! Well done!
 I made it 
  October 3, 2011
Quoting C. K. Yee A very smart built of the alternative model. Maybe i will think about to buy this 5867set also.Keep going on for the next alternate model.
Thanks! I definetely recommend the 5867.
 I like it 
  October 2, 2011
A very smart built of the alternative model. Maybe i will think about to buy this 5867set also.Keep going on for the next alternate model.
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  September 13, 2011
Quoting Scott Bertaut Amazing MOC, it's really fun to take just the parts from one set and try and build something cool. You used a lot of none conventional techniques in this build and it came out really nice. The tail could use a little work, really just on the rotor mount; the end tail fin is epic!
Thanks for the great feedback, Scott! I'm not sure what you mean by 'lot of' none conventional techniques but I hope that's a compliment. :) About the tail: you're right that it could be made better. I tried 3 or 4 NOTAR and conventional versions of it but couldn't find a functional and pretty solution, so reverted to this simple one. If you have the time to play with it, i'd love to see your version.
 I like it 
  September 12, 2011
Amazing MOC, it's really fun to take just the parts from one set and try and build something cool. You used a lot of none conventional techniques in this build and it came out really nice. The tail could use a little work, really just on the rotor mount; the end tail fin is epic!
 I made it 
  September 2, 2011
Quoting Iain Marsh This MOC is great. I love this set most out of the four Creators I have and it's easy to see the appeal with it.
Thank you! :) I still love this set - but a new girl is in town as I recieved the Propeller Power pack today as a gift... I'll have some great time replicating all those alternatives found on this page. :)
 I made it 
  September 2, 2011
Quoting Nathanael Kuipers Looks very good! I dig the shape. I'm not surprised at all to hear that you felt this was an easier build than the Porsche. It doesn't always have to be such an advanced build to make a cool alternate and this model proves it!
Thanks! :) You're right about that. Also as I think back it was harder for me to replicate an existing object than creating a completely 'imaginary' one.
 I like it 
  August 31, 2011
This MOC is great. I love this set most out of the four Creators I have and it's easy to see the appeal with it.
 I like it 
  August 29, 2011
Looks very good! I dig the shape. I'm not surprised at all to hear that you felt this was an easier build than the Porsche. It doesn't always have to be such an advanced build to make a cool alternate and this model proves it!
 I made it 
  August 28, 2011
DeTomaso Pantera: Thanks for the kind words! :) MortalSwordsman: Actually I found it easier to build this one than the Porsche. Don't ask me why. :) (And 'high five' for the joke, you made me laugh... ;) )
 I like it 
  August 27, 2011
Great Heli! Nice to see something other than a wheeled vehicle from this set. Well done it looks fantastic :)
 I like it 
  August 27, 2011
Excellent and very unique. Making a completely different type of vehicle from one set must have been even harder. Great job. The engine and rotors are excellent. You are rapidly becoming a 'high flyer' in the alternative community - sorry you made a bad joke so I thought I would too ;).
 I like it 
  August 27, 2011
Cool little helicopter!
 I made it 
  August 23, 2011
Thank you both for your time to visit and give your feedback. :)
 I like it 
  August 23, 2011
Great MOC, especially considering you used only the bricks in the original set!
 I like it 
  August 23, 2011
This is the best helicopter I've ever seen! The shape is fantastic and it's good that the rotors can spin.
 
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