The Intricate . The MAF's only troop-transport helicopter: the Intricate . The Intricate is MAF (Mikrosheise Air Force)’s only troop-transport helicopter model at present. Introduced shortly after the Lego Company released their Coast Watch helicopter, the Intricate is a double-manned helicopter used for transporting troops to/from the field, as well as transporting wounded troops to the MAF headquarters which sports a four-story medical center. MAF currently operates a strong yet aging fleet of 20 Intricates. P.S. If you hate me for the blurry photographs, remember that the MAF wants to conceal some of the details, okay?
Nicknamed the beetle in honor of its sluggish appearance, the Intricate must be well-defended against faster and better-equipped enemy units. All Intricates are equipped with rotary rapid-fire machine guns (shown above) which is unfortunately operated by hand. More than once has an Intricate had to replace its gunner after a mission, despite descent shields in front of the gunner.
I know; I hate how the gun juts out like antennae. The winch is used to transport wounded troops from the battlefield (though more than once has a medical stretcher been shot from the helicopter, crashing into thick vegetation 300 feet below).
The Intricate sports bullet-proof glass windows, which provide peace and quiet (as well as a pressurized cabin during high altitude flying) for the troops inside until they have to open up the windows and jump into action.
Though the MAF requires two pilots per aircraft during a mission, the Intricate can be operated single-handed . . . even autopilot if need be. Like all MAF aircraft, the cockpit is installed with night vision, radar, navigational systems, heat-sensors, and two self-automated CPRs to reinstate the pilots in case of unconsciousness.
If you were wondering if the Intricate has other uses besides troop transport, you are correct. Two fusion bombs can be stored in the bomb nest underneath the aircraft (based on the Lego Company’s version, of course). MAF currently operates 20 Intricates with 40 pilots, 20 gunners, 40 mechanics, 60 backup pilots, and 80 backup gunners (for obvious reasons, of course).