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Hughes MH-6 Little Bird . Here is my LDD model of the Hughes MH-6 Little Bird. It is built to minifig scale. You can find html building instructions on my Etsy site: . The Hughes MH-6 is a military version of the Model 500 civilian helicopter. The US Army uses the MH-6 and its attack variant AH-6 for special operations. The smaller helicopter is used to ferry special operations forces to and from areas that are inaccessible to the larger MH-60 Blackhawk. The Little Birds were designed in the 1960s. They were intended to transport personnel, perform escort and attack missions, evacuate casualties, and conduct reconnaissance. The US Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment were the first to use the Little Birds. They needed a small and agile helicopter to get in and out of tight locations, offer tactical support and reconnaissance. This needed to be achieved at night, at high speeds, at low altitudes and on short notice. The MH-6 has a crew of two and can carry up to six passengers on two outboard benches. The fuselage is only 24 feet in length and 4.6 feet in width: the Little Bird is small! Capturing those proportions in this model that accommodates minifigs was difficult. Probably the most difficult aspect was to get the minifigs to fit inside the cockpit. Also, the egg shape of the fuselage was tricky to get right. I've seen several great lego models of the Littlebird. I chose to go with the one piece canopy. I tried other options but they all lost the distinct profile of the fuselage. The five blade rotor was difficult to design. Lego produces several four blade pieces but I wanted the five blade option. Now, the Little Birds are moving to a six blade main rotor and a four blade tail rotor. Back to the drawing board! Designing and making models well on this scale is very tricky. Every piece counts and there is no room for error nor space to hide your compromises. I've updated the landing skids on these last three pictures. The original model didn't have the sloping fuselage. By tilting the skids towards the tail, I was able to get the overall appearance of my Little Bird more correct. I have future plans for the attack version and perhaps the MH-60 Blackhawk. We'll see how things go. These smaller models are not as popular as the larger ones! Another contribution to the Little Bird community.

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