Scout - Helicopter

A light experimental helicopter designed with art.lebedevstudio around the theme of "safe accessible flight" the versatile design means it is suitable for use as both a passenger helicopter and for more demanding "adventure" flights

Brand Background

Horizont design bureau provided a history of their helicopters, the feelings they want to evoke and some fundamental constraints (such as a maximum weight).

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Site visit

Visited the Horizont design bureau to see a current production model

visited the Horizont design bureau to see a current production model

Sketching

A few rounds of initial idea sketches

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Initial round of proposals

“it’s all wrong. you got the task wrong, there is too much of automotive style here. it has to be about adventure, not limos.”

presented the initial set of design proposals to the manufacturer

Adventure

A new direction for inspiration.

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Adventure (face first)

Sketch work showing work that encompassed a new plastic nose that cuts the silhouette and makes the helicopter look more adventurous.

redesign encompassed a new plastic nose that cuts the silhouette and makes the helicopter look more adventurous

In use renders

Presentation sketch of the helicopter in situé, drawn over cad models provided by horizont to keep things fast and fresh

presentation sketch of the helicopter in situé, drawn over cad models provided by horizont to keep things fast and fresh

A good helicopter leads from the front

A few options for the nose

a few options for the nose

Design refinement

We worked closely with horizont to define the split lines and part cuts

design was refined, we worked closely with horizont to define the split lines and part cuts

CAD Model & Presentation

A full cad render of the model was used to present the design with two further explorations of parts for the front high beams

a full cad render of the model was used to present the design with two further explorations of parts for the front high beams

High beams

The main beams remained a point of contention, in the end three CAD renders were presented before the middle design (in green) was chosen by Horizont

the main beams remained a point of contention, in the end three mocks were done in cad before the middle design (in green) was chosen by Horizont

CAD circulation

A series of CAD models were sent to the client so they could discuss widely internally if they we're happy with the direction and sure the new tooling for bodywork wouldn't cost too much

series of CAD models sent to the client so they could discuss widely internally if they we’re happy with the direction and sure the new tooling for bodywork wouldn’t cost too much

Handle things

To reduce costs and the number of tools and manufacturing required for parts involved we suggested using readymade car door locking mechanisms for the door handles

to reduce costs and the number of tools and manufacturing required for parts involved we suggested using readymade car door locking mechanisms for the door handles

Full size foam up

The CAD model was then use to create a full-size foam model of the bodywork, to fully understand the form in 3D space

the CAD model was then use to create a full-size foam model of the bodywork, to fully understand the form in 3D space

Aero-optimisation

After simulating turbulence and flight pressures the aerodynamics of the design were found unsuitable, the truncated flat nose would result in instability when flying, the red lines above show how the form was to be tweaked

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Model 2

The new aerodynamically stable design was then made into a scale model, at this point we were able to define where the part split lines should be

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Split lines for CAD

Further definition of the split lines, to be folded back into the CAD model

further definition of the split lines, to be folded back into the CAD model

Resurfacing

The surface model had to be reworked at the top to ensure it didn't intersect with the rotor mechanism

the surface model had to be reworked at the top to ensure it didn’t intersect with the rotor mechanism

Door lock revisit

The door locking mechanism had to be repositioned to the base of the door which meant the mechanism previously proposed (using pre made components) wasn't suitable, a range of mechanisms / designs were sketched out.

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Colour variations

We explored a range of colour options and themes before settling with the client on a customisable framework

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THE SCOUT CUSTOMISABLE DESIGN FRAMEWORK WE DECIDED UPON

Exhibition sample

The first to scale sample unit was shown at a sales exhibition to judge consumer interest and build buzz

THE FIRST SAMPLE UNIT OF A SCOUT BEING SHOWN AT AN EXHIBITION

Scout first model flying

Things really took off at this point