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Hughes MH-6 Little Bird
Here is my LDD model of the Hughes MH-6 Little Bird. It is built to minifig scale.
About this creation

The Hughes MH-6 is a military version of the Model 500 civilian helicopter. The US Army uses the MH-6 and its attack variant AH-6 for special operations.


The smaller helicopter is used to ferry special operations forces to and from areas that are inaccessible to the larger MH-60 Blackhawk.


The Little Birds were designed in the 1960s. They were intended to transport personnel, perform escort and attack missions, evacuate casualties, and conduct reconnaissance.


The US Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment were the first to use the Little Birds. They needed a small and agile helicopter to get in and out of tight locations, offer tactical support and reconnaissance. This needed to be achieved at night, at high speeds, at low altitudes and on short notice.


The MH-6 has a crew of two and can carry up to six passengers on two outboard benches.


The fuselage is only 24 feet in length and 4.6 feet in width: the Little Bird is small! Capturing those proportions in this model that accommodates minifigs was difficult.


Probably the most difficult aspect was to get the minifigs to fit inside the cockpit. Also, the egg shape of the fuselage was tricky to get right.


I've seen several great lego models of the Littlebird. I chose to go with the one piece canopy. I tried other options but they all lost the distinct profile of the fuselage.


The five blade rotor was difficult to design. Lego produces several four blade pieces but I wanted the five blade option. Now, the Little Birds are moving to a six blade main rotor and a four blade tail rotor. Back to the drawing board!


Designing and making models well on this scale is very tricky. Every piece counts and there is no room for error nor space to hide your compromises.


I've updated the landing skids on these last three pictures. The original model didn't have the sloping fuselage. By tilting the skids towards the tail, I was able to get the overall appearance of my Little Bird more correct.


I have future plans for the attack version and perhaps the MH-60 Blackhawk. We'll see how things go. These smaller models are not as popular as the larger ones!


Another contribution to the Little Bird community.




Comments

 I made it 
  March 11, 2014
Quoting Stephan N The shape of the helicopter is out particularly well done. I love this MOC
Thanks for the comments Stephan!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2014
The shape of the helicopter is out particularly well done. I love this MOC
 I made it 
  December 4, 2013
Quoting World Of Recreation 5/5 for the 5 blade rotors! Do you mind if I try giving the rotor system a go on my soon to release AH-6 version from [TLB] from Flickr? Edit: And if I do post the Ah-6 I mention, care to take a look at it so you can see some techniques you need if you need to improve yours.
Thanks for your comments. Feel free to borrow what you think will work for your model. I'll definitely check your work out too.
 I like it 
  December 4, 2013
5/5 for the 5 blade rotors! Do you mind if I try giving the rotor system a go on my soon to release AH-6 version from [TLB] from Flickr? Edit: And if I do post the Ah-6 I mention, care to take a look at it so you can see some techniques you need if you need to improve yours.
 I made it 
  December 3, 2013
Quoting Gabor Pauler 5 blade main rotor, thats good. It is not very easy to style the teardrop-shaped airframe of MD in such a small scale. Nice try.
Thanks for the comments. The tear-drop fuselage is tricky to model at this scale and it's perfect form will probably elude lego builders for a long time. But that won't stop people from trying!
  December 3, 2013
5 blade main rotor, thats good. It is not very easy to style the teardrop-shaped airframe of MD in such a small scale. Nice try.
 I made it 
  December 2, 2013
Quoting killswitch95 [DEMON] its cool, no doubt about that, but youve spoiled us with your massive LDDs that this one seems less impressive, which its not. its very cool, but you know, compared to your B-29, its not as cool... still like it though
Thanks for your comments. I do enjoy making larger models but in many ways its much more difficult to do smaller models well. I am glad you like this one as well though!
 I like it 
  December 1, 2013
its cool, no doubt about that, but youve spoiled us with your massive LDDs that this one seems less impressive, which its not. its very cool, but you know, compared to your B-29, its not as cool... still like it though
 
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