Hello again. I've more or less finished designing in LDraw the AH/MH-6 Little Bird that made a brief appearance in my DPV thread. I'd like to get some feedback from other builders here so that I can incorporate any suggested improvements before hitting BrickLink for parts. Here are some pics (click for bigger images)...
The idea was to accurately model the real world Little Bird at a compact scale, and make it easy to quickly change between AH-6 (attack) and MH-6 (transport) versions. The pilot, his seat, and the mid-fuselage vertical supports are all built at a half-stud (longitudinal) offset, which was a bit tricky. The weapons and troop-carrying platforms attach by a single stud for easy removal. There is no hinge connection at the top of the cockpit, partly because the part isn't available in the new dark gray, but also because it makes it easier to get the pilot in and out.
I have two options for the weapons layout. Either miniguns plus rocket launchers, or miniguns plus TOW anti-tank missiles. The rocket launchers use minifig binocs (like the UCS AT-ST) but they are a little oversized. Is there a better way of doing 2.75 inch rocket tubes? I'm also a little worried about balance (as it might fall backwards), but I can move the landing skids back half a stud with jumper plates if I need too. Another concern is the dish above the main rotor. I don't have that prop part (2479) to experiment with, so I'm not sure what will attach firmly to the hole above its center. Can anyone tell me what will fit there? I've used 1x1 round plates. Will the base of those fit inside and hold by friction?
I've opted against trying to fit 2 pilots in the front, and I've chosen not to attempt a (more accurate) 5-bladed main rotor. But I'd love to hear any other suggestions for improving this model before I go shopping for the parts to build one.
Edited by SpaceMonkey, 18 April 2015 - 07:45 AM.