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Mil V-12 (Mi-12) Homer . The new Heavy-lift helicopter . Below, two soviet Mil V-12 "Homers" flying over Moscow, probably in 1973. This is a LEGO Mil V-12 prototype modified with more powerful engines, longer range and a larger payload. I also added a small rear defensive turret, which was common at the time. More info and images here, please click! The real aircraft Mil V-12 / Mi-12 Homer Although only two examples of the Mil Mi-12 were built, both being V-12 prototypes, this giant machine is worthy of mention as the world's largest helicopter to have flown to date. The Mil V-12 (Mi-12), which was allotted the NATO reporting name Homer, is currently the world's largest helicopter, but does not appear to have progressed past the development phase. The origins of the V-12 lie with a 1965 Soviet air force requirement for a heavy-lift helicopter able to carry major missile components. These would be brought into remote missile site areas by fixed-wing aircraft, and then lifted from the airfield to the launch site by the new helicopter. The two engines are located side-by-side with twin intakes, and drive five-bladed metal rotors. The left rotor rotates anti-clockwise and the right unit clockwise; the two units are connected by transverse shafting to ensure synchronization and the continued rotation of both units in the event of engine failure at either wingtip. The lower part of each cowling can be dropped to form a working platform for mechanics. Fuel is housed in two cylindrical tanks mounted externally on the lower fuselage sides. The main units of the fixed tricycle undercarriage are supported by a plethora of struts bracing the wings and running from the lower fuselage, wings and engines. Although the V-12 could accommodate large numbers of passengers, tip-up seats are provided for only 50; the reason for this is that the type is intended mainly for heavy-lift work, with accommodation only for drilling crews, missile crews etc. The main freight hold has overhead rails for a moving crane which has four loading points, each rated at 2500kg, or can alternatively lift a single item of up to 10000kg. The bottom of the rear fuselage comprises an inbuilt loading ramp, with large clamshell doors forming the rear fuselage aft of this point. Despite all of these achievements, the Soviet Air Force refused to accept the helicopter for state acceptance trials for many reasons, the main one being that the V-12's most important, intended mission no longer existed, e.g.., the rapid deployment of strategic ballistic missiles. In the meantime the military concept of deploying missiles had been altered since some of the missiles had proved disappointing and were phased out. Info from: Imperial Lego Air Force Some years ago, the Imperial Lego Air Force needed a heavy lifter helicopter, capable of carrying one medium MBT or one medium range Strategic Nuclear Missile. Although vulnerable in the battlefield, the “Homer” was and still is a very important tool for the Imperial Lego Air Force, carrying 200 paratroopers with all their equipment a medium MBT. Right now, the Imperial Legos are looking for a new helicopter to replace the Homer. More info and images about the Imperial Lego Air Force, please click here! General characteristics (Mil V-12 Prototype) (From Wikipedia) Crew: 6 (pilot, copilot, flight engineer, electrician, navigator, radio operator) Payload: VTOL 25,000 kg (55,000 lb) or STOL 30,000 kg (66,000 lb) ()
 44,205.5 kg (88,636 lb) record Length: 37.00 m (121 ft 4 in) Rotor diameter: 2 x 35.00 m (114 ft 10 in) Height: 12.50 m (41 ft 0 in) Loaded weight: 97,000 kg (213,850 lb) Max. takeoff weight: 105,000 kg (231,500 lb) Powerplant: 4 × Soloviev D-25VF turboshaft, 4,048 kW (6,500 shp) each Freight compartment: 28.15 m x 4.40 m x 4.40 m (92 ft 4 in x 14 ft 5 in x 14 ft 5 in) Performance Maximum speed: 260 km/h (140 kt) Range: 500 km (310 miles) Service ceiling: 3,500 m (11,500 ft) More info and images about the Imperial Lego Air Force, please click here! Hope you like it! Please rate or comment! Eínon

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