A German designer creates a Cal Fire helicopter
Cal Fire teamed up with Lego to create a Firehawk helicopter, and it’s pretty lit.
A Lego version of Cal Fire’s Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk helicopter has achieved its goal of amassing 10,000 supporters and will now move into the review phase.
The S-70i Firehawk is a specialized helicopter, known for its thousand-gallon water and foam drops, as well as its ability to quickly transport up to nine people in a Helitack crew for firefighting operations in the floor.
Adrien Pecquet, a digital designer in Germany, said he created and submitted designing the project as a “tribute” to the fire agency after the 2018 campfire.
People can become designers of their own Lego sets by submitting their ideas to Lego Ideas and others can vote on these designs and ideas, potentially leading to an actual Lego set.
His username being Slekk024Pecquet mentioned that he wanted to create a set to honor the bravery and dedication of California firefighters.
This Lego set consists of 3,000 pieces, two pilots, two firefighters and the S-70i Firehawk helicopter which also has a hatch system, sliding doors and a piece of forest scenery.
However, this is not the first time that Pecquet has designed Lego sets. He told ABC10 in an email interview that he is a nature lover and a helicopter enthusiast. He has therefore also designed helicopters for the United States Coast Guard, helicopters for the Los Angeles County fire department, and even an Airbus helicopter for the General Directorate of Civil Protection and Crisis Management in France.
It’s a sign of representation not only for Pecquet, but also for Cal Fire members and those aspiring to be firefighters or first responders.
“Thank you to everyone who voted! We hope this set becomes a reality and serves as a fun reminder of Cal Fire’s world-renowned aviation program,” said Cal Fire Director and Chief Joe Tyler. .
Now that the helicopter is in the review phase, a group consisting of designers, product managers and other members will discuss the design and further examine factors such as playability, safety and whether it s registered in the Lego brand.
Go HERE to track the helicopter’s progress through the review process and follow Cal Fire on social media for further updates.
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