Here is my Lego version of London's Air Ambulance.
London's Air Ambulance Service is pretty amazing and can be on the scene of an accident within minutes.
They can even perform open chest surgery to restart the heart on the roadside.
Amazingly, for a city so heavily populated, London's Air Ambulance Service only has one helicopter. They are currently raising money to buy a second.
London's Air Ambulance service gets very little funding from the NHS and relies heavily on donations. Click here to see their website, it's well worth a visit.
My Lego version is based on their MD902 Explorer twin engine helicopter.
It's 6-wide with room for 3 crew and patient.
One notable feature of the MD902 is that it has no tail rotor. A handy feature when landing on busy streets.
The 5 blade rotor head was a bit of a headache to work out. Settled on this design. It's not perfect but it looks quite pleasing and is reasonably robust.
This model all started with how I could utilise the windsheild from the old Technic motorbike set. The red and silver design is printed on and not a sticker. It just about works, the stripe could do with being a bit thinner but I can live with it.
Sliding side doors on both sides.
This is a feature that the real one doesn't have: fold out sides. This is so that the stretcher can be loaded into the rear of the helicopter. The real helicopter does have a hatch at the back but I'm not too sure if this is how patients on a stretcher are placed into the air ambulance or whether they just use the side doors. Anyway this gives my model more playability.
My sister works for the NHS trust where HEMS is based, so I sent her a link to this page. She showed your MOC to some of her colleagues and the HEMS charity like your MOC and would like to get in touch. Please would you e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can give you their contact details?
Thanks Henrik. I think that part could do the trick. Lego has so many components that I don't realise that some even exist. I didn't use bricklink for this model as I was trying to just use what I've got
I like it
February 2, 2015
Great MOC! You have really nailed the shaping, and the stickers do a lot to make it even more convincing.
Quoting Henrik Jensen
Cool rescue helicopter! Great creative use of parts both for cockpit and accessdoors. The five-blade rotor looks good really good, even though two of the blades are upside down.
Thanks Henrik. Yes that is pretty much one of the imperfections. The blades are attached to a 6 hole technic wheel and the plates fouled each other when all the same way up. Something had to give and I mounted 3 one way and the other 2 upside down which allowed more of an angle between blades