Standard Chopper, Std. PP (26dp), Pilot & Gunner; AC with mag front, stealth mode, sound enhancement, 2 cyberlinks, IR sight, sound system, 2 ISC, radar, LDR, armored searchlight (some systems are in cargo); rotor DP: 6/4; 531 pts RPFP Plastic Armor: F 120 B 95 R 88 L 88 T 42 U 100; HC: 2 Acc. 5, 13,999 lbs., $194,420.00
Design Notes - Do the youngsters know about Blue Thunder? Without question, this movie needed to be a source for Steve Jackson's design of choppers in Car Wars. While every movie/TV show/book about armed vehicles can be seen a CW source, this movie - and the title character - displayed so many sci-fi extras, including the first time I had seen a cyberlink.
I'm so confident of this connection, that I suggest my same rules for James Bond cars: whatever is in Blue Thunder/Bond *must* be in Car Wars. This isn't just the normal urge to add new stuff to the game (a process which may assume led to its disregard/demise... and affects almost every RPG) - these doodads should be core.
Replica Notes -Here's the data from the Wiki, for when I make the inevitable update:
- "The aircraft itself was a modified Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopter."
- "1 inch (25 mm) 'no-lock metal armor' "
- "chin turret with an "electric" 20 mm (0.79 in) six-barrel Gatling gun able to deliver 4,000 rounds per minute"
- "twin cheek-mounted Nitesun spotlights"
- "infrared thermograph"
- "airborne TV camera with 100:1 zoom and night-vision capability"
- "cameras fed 3⁄4 in (19 mm) videotape, with a locker in the belly of the aircraft"
- "External audio pickups were capable of hearing 'a mouse fart at two thousand feet'"
- "A 'whisper mode' granted her the ability to operate in silence"
- "Blue Thunder's cannon was controlled by a Harrison Helmet in conjunction with a 'Harrison Fire Control System' (which is named after one of the special effects prop designers and not an existing fire control system)."
- MISSING from the wiki is the turbo boost, seen at the end of the film [Spoiler Alert] which allows the chopper to do a loop-de-loop (normally physically impossible for a helicopter).
- This webpage gives some data, and the first picture above.
- Flickr pictures of the filming here,
- Another page here.
- Another page here, which gives us the second picture, a "car wars-esque" drawing, and explains:
The weight of the Blue Thunder modifications (the very angular canopy, gun turret, and additional "wings" on the side) made the weight very heavy, especially as the original Aerospatiale SA-341G Gazelle was never designed to fly with additional weight added to it. The first helicopter to ever truly do a complete 360 degree loop in real life was in fact, a Sikorsky S-52 in 1948. Here's a YouTube video clip to prove it.The last website gives these details for the chopper, which seems more 'accurate' (and fleshes out the Wiki data):
- Helicopter number: N77GH
- Jet turbine engine with boost capability, enabling 360° loops
- Heat sensing infra-red filter for night vision
- Closed circuit TV-camera with a 100:1 zoom-lens
- ¾" code-numbered video-system; the tapes can be erased on signal
- Wide-band scanner
- "Whisper Mode" for silent flights
- Three TV-monitors. The center monitor is connected to a vast array of data-banks
- Twin long-range, high-sensitivity shotgun microphones
- Cabin microphone; records cockpit conversations
- A Harrison helmet-mounted fire control/targeting system