The OH-84 Choctaw is the successor aircraft to the 80ís era Kiowa Warriors as the US Armyís primary light helicopter type, operating in the armed reconnaissance/observation roles in support of ground troops. Coming equipped with two universal weapons pylons capable of being armed with any combination of heavy machine guns, air-to-air missiles, unguided rockets, or anti-tank missiles (seen here equipped with the latter two). This relatively high-hitting weapons load combined with a rather quiet and very powerful engine has allowed the Choctaw to prove itself to be a very capable and versatile platform, especially suited for missions where the sheer blunt force of a dedicated attack helicopter isnít needed.
Specifications for the OH-84:
Type: reconnaissance/observation helicopter
Crew: 2 (pilot, copilot/gunner)
Maximum speed: 270 km/h (167 mph)
Range: 690 km (427 mi)
Service ceiling: 5,800 m (18,000 ft)
Empty weight: 1,800 kg (5,000 lbs)
Armament: 2x universal weapons pylons mounting combinations of 12.7mm machine gun, 70mm unguided rocket pod, 2x AGM-184 Lancer anti-tank missiles, or 2x AIM-98 Sky Arrow air-air missiles.
Operators: United States (Army, National Guard)
This started as a build-off between myself and Erik on the topic of light observation helicopters. He built and uploaded his finished product, the LOA, quite a while ago, but it has taken me this long to get my own build polished and uploaded. I'm rather happy with it, even if the picture quality is crap.
Rear-facing 3/4 view.
The aircraft can be successfully operated in combat with only a single soldier serving as both pilot and gunner, but the OH-84 is usually crewed by two individuals.
An OH-84 out observing Sitirian troop movements in Korea.
Action Shots from BrickFair 2012:
The Choctaw hovering above Saturday's minifig-scale MLS display.
About to engage Matt's ACV on Saturday's minifig-scale MLS display.