The only helicopter I know that gets its nickname from one of its passengers – the President of the United States – is “Marine One.”
This Sikorsky model (VH-60N) became part of the Marine One fleet in 1987. Eight of these aircraft joined the Sikorsky VH-3A which entered service in 1961, then was upgraded in 1978, but it is now out of production. Yet again Sikorsky has won the contract for the next generation of Marine One helicopters, scheduled for release in 2020: the VH-92A which I have modeled for you if you click here.
The helicopter is powered by two General Electric T700-GE-401 engines and carries of crew of three to four. This helicopter derives from both the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk and the U.S. Navy’s SH-60 Seahawk aircraft. The H-60 family of helicopters is widely used throughout the Department of Defense for anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, drug interdiction, anti-ship warfare, cargo lift, and special operations (a further note about the Black Hawk and Seahawk is below). The nickname for the VH-60N model draws upon the color of the fuselage roof – it is known as the “White Hawk.”
About My Lego Model
To create this model I extensively modified an earlier design of the US Coast Guard version of the HH-60 Jayhawk created by one of my favorite builders, the very talented Darth Designer. In 2014 Darth posted a YouTube video that contains step-by-step assembly instructions for the Jayhawk. Using that video I assembled a virtual model of the Jayhawk within LDD. A high-quality digital rendering of Darth’s design is shown below:
BTW, if you want to see the versions of this helicopter that carry armament, check out Darth’s models of the Seahawk and the Black Hawk.
My design modifications to Darth Designer’s model include shortening the helicopter’s nose, moving the pilots’ seats forward in the cockpit so as to see the pilots from side windows, redesigning the passenger cabin for executive service, adding executive doors starboard side, reshaping the fuselage roof to include intake and exhaust ports, lowering the tail boom aft of the passenger cabin, re-positioning the rear wheel, widening the horizontal stabilizer, canting the tail rotor to a 20 degree angle, and omitting the pods on both starboard and portside pylons as seen in the USCG variant. Some exterior features added include FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red) on the nose portside and an anti-missile defense system on the cabin roof just behind the rotor mast. While I started with Darth’s fuselage structure for the Jayhawk, just about everything related to the fuselage was modified, except for its basic skeletal structure and for the main rotor. My re-design has just over 700 Lego pieces (including mini-fig parts). I used Bricklink’s Part Designer software to create the lettering and pin-striping seen on the tail boom.
If you are a fan of Sikorsky aircraft, “I’m your guy.” This is my 10th Sikorsky model; the others are (in order of original manufacture):
I didn't know the president had a version of this helicopter too! Nice!
I'm glad you based your chopper on my black hawk and sorry I just made a second improved version that maybe would be even better in marine one variant!
However wonderful work!