Dutch Police Eurocopter EC135 helicopter
Posted 01 January 2012 - 01:41 PM
As usual, I have no idea where to put this. Model Team? Creator? City? Who knows?
I built this model for an article for LEGO's Master Builder Academy Issue 4. By now it has been out for a while, so I can finally publish my pictures.
For years the Dutch Police used the classic Bo-105, but by the turn of the century those were getting a bit long in the tooth. In 2001, eight MD902 Explorers were ordered as replacements, but MD helicopters had difficulties meeting the requirements on time. With all the stipulated equipment, the helicopters were overweight and had to be recertified, which took longer than intended. The contract was cancelled in 2005 and six EC135s and two AW139s were bought instead and all delivered in 2009. They are based at Schiphol Amsterdam airport and at two other fields (Teuge and Volkel).
Dutch Police EC135 (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
The EC135 has been a great success for Eurocopter, with helicopters having been sold for Police and Air Ambulance roles all over the world.
Dutch Police EC135 (3) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
The first version of the helicopter had a fenestron/ fantail similar to the design I used on my HH-65 Dolphin. However, I remembered that I had a few propellers lying in my drawer of 'parts that don't fit in any meaningful other category' and I figured that it would fit. It doesn't turn very well, but looks far better.
Dutch Police EC135 (5) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
The big challenge when building this helicopter was the cockpit section, with the glass nose and doors. The EC135s have an extensive equipment fit for the law-enforcement role, with a cockpit interior that is compatible with night-vision goggles, weather radar, a PA system, cable-cutters, a dedicated workstation for an observer -including a 20 inch computer monitor, an IR turret, night-sun searchlight and a real-time video down-link facility to share images with police on the ground.
Dutch Police EC135 (4) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
I hope the members of Eurobricks like it and would like to wish you all a happy 2012.
Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:19 PM
Totally AWESOME work again from you 'Ralph_S'.......Brick On Fly On !
Posted 01 January 2012 - 11:08 PM
It's hardly minifig scale. In fact, it's about twice as large as I would consider appropriate for minifigs. I'm not quite sure whether LEGO Town is explicitly for minifig scale stuff though, but I'm pretty sure that the participants in the town forum are most likely to appreciate the model.
Edited by Ralph_S, 01 January 2012 - 11:09 PM.
Posted 01 January 2012 - 11:21 PM
There's a time for tearing down and a time for building. - Ecclesiastes
Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:05 PM
Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:36 PM
There are also miniature models compared to MF's. Until I am told otherwise, I'll continue to index these great MOCs.
Your huge amount of details is always impressive. And the Fenestron is looking Great!
Thank you for your future cooperation.
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