The Presidential motorcade pulls alongside Marine One as it gets ready to head to Joint Base Andrews:
Is that large black SUV carrying Secret Service agents an Escalade ESV?
The President’s limousine is known as “The Beast.” The orange-haired leader heads to the aircraft:
The stairway into the helicopter has been lowered for passenger boarding:
Marine One underway on its mission:
About my design work:
This model is designed to be buildable and playable. On the portside roof near the rotor mast, the gray knob is geared to spin the main rotor. The tail rotor spins freely. I set the tail rotor at an angle just as the real thing.
The roof of the pilot’s cabin is removable. Cockpit control boards are present.
The main cabin roof with main rotor is removable in one piece revealing the passenger seating plan.
The tricycle landing gear can all be retracted. A cutaway view below shows how the landing gear is hinged; when lowered, the red and yellow elements shown at a 90-degree angle would be aligned at zero. One modification I need to explore is a locking technique for when the wheels are down and perhaps a turntable to make the front wheels steerable:
The design for this helicopter has a rear ramp, which I have included as a working function (after doing a cutaway of some parts of the tail boom in order to give you a better view in this picture):
The only thing missing in the model for now are some decals and insignia. Maybe soon …
About the aircraft:
Versions of this aircraft are already in testing, including at the White House lawn on 22 September 2018:
Sikorsky won the contract to replace the fleet of aging helicopters which includes a fleet of Sikorsky S-61 SH-3 Sea King / Marine One VH-3D aircraft. The new fleet using this design will eventually number 23 aircraft. This will be the third Sikorsky design to win the competition to be “Marine One,” which includes a variant of Sikorsky’s HH-60 “Blackhawk” chopper. Sikorsky also sells a civilian version of VH-92A called the S-92.
To understand my modeling goals and past projects, visit my homepage! Thanks for looking, comments welcomed, gotta fly now!
After sending my earlier reply, I noticed your comment was dated from 18 days ago, but the notification about your comment only arrived in my gmail this morning! If you weren’t aware, MOCPAGES has performance issues. Sorry about the delayed response. Tom
Thanks for the question, Paul. It has not been built in real life... yet. The pictures you see here are photo-realistic digital images from computer-based design software. Some of my simple models I have built then sold on eBay. I have also taken a commission to build then deliver a complex LEGO model (the Sikorksy S-38 Amphibion, whose picture you can find here on MOCPAGES). This is a hobby for me, not a business or income source for living, and, being fully retired, I do only what would be fun for me, thus my pricing for sales is very nominal - most of the cost is in acquiring the LEGO parts. If you would like to explore the idea of my building the model for you, I ask you to send me a message to my gmail account (seen on the splash image for each of my LEGO models) and we can go into particulars from there.