Hughes OH-6 Helicopter | Rendering | Illustration

OH-6 MD-500 helicopter rendering infographic

The Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (nicknamed "Loach", after the requirement acronym LOH—Light Observation Helicopter) is a single-engine light helicopter with a four-bladed main rotor used for personnel transport, escort and attack missions, and observation. Hughes Helicopters also developed the Model 369 as a civilian helicopter, the Hughes Model 500, currently produced by MD Helicopters as the MD 500.

The above is an illustration that I created in my spare time, which was based on a heavily mapped 3D model, which was built from reference images that I shot at the March Air Force Base air museum. This time I wanted to illustrate an aircraft that better fit my 1960's illustration style. For the record, this thing took me over a month to build, mostly because I was working off of all of my reference imagery, revising problems (that I created in earlier modeling) and baking out massive maps. There are eight 4096 maps on this thing.

Hughes OH-6 vehicle data provided by Wikipedia

Did I mention that this 3D model is for sale for $100 USD? Email me if you want to buy it! It's available in STP, MAX, OBJ, FBX or 3DS

Below are some tests shots and wireframe views of the model meshes.

OH-6 MD-500 helicopter rendering
OH-6 MD-500 helicopter rendering infographic
OH-6 MD-500 helicopter 3D model
OH-6 MD-500 helicopter illustration

Modeling Details

OH-6 MD 500 3D Model
OH-6 MD 500 3D Model