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OH-6 Loach (VUSBX04)

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includes two plastic OH-6 Loach sprues, two Door Gunner figures, two plastic Flight Stands, one OH-6 Decal sheet & eight Rare earth magnets.

The OH-6 Cayuse was quickly nicknamed the ‘Loach’ after its initial designation LOH (Light Observation helicopter). Its high speed, manoeuvrability, and small size made it an excellent scout helicopter, even though much of its work was done at low speed while flying at or below treetop level.

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What's In The Box:
OH-6 Loach
Presented by Beasts Of War

Warren gets a look at the OH-6 Loach from the guys at Battlefront Miniatures, both him and Gareth both seem to love these little scout choppers, and best of all its a full plastic kit!

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Armed with a M134 minigun and a M60 machine-gun, the OH-6 Loach could still deliver a nasty sting of its own.

Designed by Will Jayne
Painted by James Brown

Below: The OH-6 Loach decal sheet (shown at 150%).

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Below: The OH-6 Loach plastic sprue.
Below: The plastic flight stand.
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The OH-6 Loach
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The OH-6 Loach in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
 
OH-6 Loach
Scout
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Door MG
16"/40cm
3
2
6
Side mounted.
M143 minigun MG
16"/40cm
6
2
6
Hull mounted.
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Scout Helicopters
The main function of the Loach was to locate targets for the gunships and supporting artillery.

Immediately before it shoots, an OH-6 Loach helicopter may attempt to Mark an enemy team within 6”/15cm. Roll a Skill Test for the helicopter.

■ If it passes the Skill Test, the enemy team is Marked.

■ Otherwise, the crew chief missed the target.

Any other team shooting at or attempting to Range In on a Marked team with Rocket Pods does not treat the Marked team as being Concealed or Gone to Ground.

The Helicopter may still fire its hull-mounted weapons while Marking a target, but gains no benefit from its own or any other helicopter’s target marking.

Unlike other helicopters, an OH-6 Loach limits the placement of Ambushes, and does so as if it was a Recce team.

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Pink Teams
A heavy scout team of scout helicopters from a White team backed up by a gunship from a Red team is usually referred to as a Pink team.


At the start of the game before Deployment, White Teams may swap one OH-6 Loach helicopter for a Gunship helicopter from a Red Team to create two Pink Teams.

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Helicopter Support
Ignore White and Pink Teams when taking Company Morale Checks (see page 104 of Tour Of Duty).
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The OH-6 Loach Buzz The Tree Tops
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Contents of the OH-6 Loach Box Set
Contact the customer service team at customerservice@battlefront.co.nz if you have any issues with any of the components.
OH-6 Loach (VUSBX04)
Description of Components
a. 2x Plastic OH-6 Loach component sprues.
b. 2x Plastic flight stands.
c.
1x OH-6 Loach decal sheet.
d. 2x Door gunner figures.
e. 8x Rare earth magnets.

Assembling The Flight Stand
Step 1. Cut the parts of the flight stand off the plastic sprue and remove any excess plastic leftover from the mold feeds.

Tip: The best way to cut the parts off the sprue is with a sharp hobby knife or a pair of hobby cutters.
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Step 2. Attach to stem to the base.

Tip: When assembling the flight stand it is best to use hobby glue especially formulated for plastics. However, Super Glue can be used if you don't have access to specific plastic hobby glue.
Step 3. If you plan on using the flight stand for helicopters add the magnet cap to the top of the stem.

Note: The cap fits snugly to the top of the stalk, so only use a very small amount of glue to hold the magnet cap in place.

Step 4. The cap has a recess designed for the rare earth magnets included in the helicopter box sets. The cap is designed especially to work in conjunction with the recess on the bottom of the helicopters and the magnets to create a solid connection between the stand and helicopter.

Note: The cap also a two tabs to match the two slots on the bottom of the helicopters.

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How The Flight Stand, Magnets, and Helicopter Work Together
Step 1. In this example, you can see the magnet recess and slots that match the tabs of the magnet cap of the flight stand on the bottom of this Hueycobra. Step 2. A magnet is the glued in the recess ensuring that the polarities of each magnet are correct i.e. one north; one south. Step 3. Mated perfectly; the flight stand, helicopter and magnets create a solid, stable connection that can be easily removed.
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An Alternate Way Of Using The Flight Stand With Helicopters
If you are not a fan of using rare earth magnets, here is a simple but effective way of using the plastic flight stand without them.

Step 1. Construct the flight stand as shown above but don't attach the magnet cap.
Step 2. Next, drill a hole in the top of the flight stand stem; a 2mm drill is the ideal size for our purpose. The hole only needs to be 3-4mm deep and keeping it as straight as possible would also be beneficial. Below: The hole drilled into the top of the stem of the flight stand.
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Below: The plug piece will be used upside to attach the Huey to the flight stand. Step 3. Glue the up turned plug piece into the magnet reccess of the Huey.
Below: The stem of the flight stand can now attach to the up turned plug piece via the hole that was drilled into it and provide us with a way of attaching the Huey to the flight stand without using any rare earth magnets.
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Assembling The OH-6 Loach
Step 1. Begin assembly of the OH-6 Loach by joining the two halve of the fuselage together. Both halves of the fuselage have been designed to fit together perfectly. Step 2. Next, attach the front windscreen section of the front of the fuselage.
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Below: The fully-assembled OH-6 Loach fuselage.
Step 3. Next, attach the landing skids to bottom of the fuselage.
Below: The left-hand side landing skid attached to the fuselage.
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Below: Both landing skids attached to the fuselage. Step 4. Next, attach the M134 minigun to the left-hand side of the OH-6 Loach fuselage.
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Step 5. Attach the tail plane to the tail section. Make sure that the tail plane is attached about a 30° angle. Step 6. Next, attach the tail rotor to the tail section.
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Below: The tail rotor attached to the tail section.
Step 7. The door can be attached to the fuselage or the door gunner can be placed inside minus the door.
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Below: The door gunner in his gunnery position.
Step 8. Next, join the two main rotors. Make sure that the rotor with the square hole is on the bottom.
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Step 9. Attach the rotor mast to the underside of the main rotors.
Below: The main rotors attached to the rotor mast.
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Adding Rare Earth Magnets
Step 1. Add a magnet to the main rotor recess. Step 2. Attach a magnet to the underside of the rotor mast.
Read Chris' guide to Rare Earth Magnets here for more tips and tricks...
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Below: The main rotor attached using rare earth magnets. Step 2. Add a magnet to the flight stand recess on the underside of the fuselage. Below: The OH-6 Loach complete with flight stand.
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Last Updated On Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront