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6487-1: Mountain Rescue
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The build is 99%+ exact; I only substituted one part and a torso.

=MISSING PARTS=
1. https://rebrickable.com/parts/3127/hook-plate-modified-1-x-2-with-crane-hook-left
2. https://rebrickable.com/parts/973c27h01pr0073/torso-vest-with-patch-pockets-over-white-shirt

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This set no. 6487 'Mountain Rescue' came out in 1997 as part of an "Outback" theme. Only lasting for one season, this curious Town's subtheme succeeded the '81-96 "Leisure," essentially depicting similar outdoor activities. The five sets' collection portrayed an eponymous real-life tourist destination, Australian Outback—vast, remote territories populated by the continent's aboriginal communities.

The model also came as part of an impossible-to-find Product Collection—set no. K6444 'Outback Adventure Collection Catalog Special,' offered exclusively to Shop-At-Home readers during the '97 Christmas season in America. (The 'Mountain Rescue' was actually a "FREE" bonus in the package.) This boxset is so extraordinarily rare there aren't even any traces of it online, let alone box photos.

Clocking at 67 parts, the 'Mountain Rescue' was one of the theme's smaller sets—and the tiniest aircraft. Unlike most Outback vehicles, which are bright yellow, this helicopter is finished in black, red, and light gray. It came with a hook on a spooled rope for transporting a tiny cargo platform (or hoisting victims to safety).

The fuselage is standard for mid-nineties Classic Town small helicopters, except for one curious feature: a wholly enclosed cockpit—a 4x4x3 Windscreen Canopy, Lego part #2620. Virtually every other Lego helicopter has an open cabin instead, constructed with a 4x4x4⅓ Helicopter Windscreen (Lego part #2483). My favorite design aspect is how two 1x2 red grills elegantly cover unused ends on a rotor's four-blade mount. They're often left "unfinished" in official Lego builds, which always annoyed me a bit, for some reason.

The 'Mountain Rescue' comes with just one minifigure but a multitude of accessories (according to one of the Brickset user reviews, it's actually quite tricky trying to balance this heavy load on the helicopter's hook while airborne):

▻ two suitcases,
▻ two barrels (one in familiar Octan colors),
▻ flashlight,
▻ pickaxe, shovel, ax, and a saw.

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=CATALOG ODDITIES=
The "Outback" appeared as a specific theme only in North America. For some reason, though, a regular consumer US catalog excluded one of the sets from the dedicated page under the Outback logo—set no. 6553 'Crisis News Crew' ended up on the next centerfold, among the generic "Town" models: https://images.brickset.com/library/view/?f=catalogues/c97na&p=23

In a more detailed Shop-At-Home '97 catalog (see Holiday and Summer editions), an "Outback" centerfold promptly featured the entire lineup: https://images.brickset.com/library/view/?f=catalogues/c97sahHoliday&p=28

As a matter of fact, there was one extra model on the same page, set no. 6563 'Gator Landing' released in '96. This model always used to strike me as an odd-ball in the pacifistic "Leisure" subtheme. Marketed under names like 'The Gold Gang' or 'Smugglers' Hideout' in Europe, it depicted a few suspicious guys "camping" without any luggage besides cash and gold. It was also the Town's only set with a crocodile.

Now, compared to Outback's lineup, it all makes perfect sense! Whether the 'Gator Landing' was designed as part of the same collection in the first place or simply inspired the new theme, the parallels with "Outback" are apparent. Especially with the 'Outback Airstrip' and 'Amazon Crossing,' which even feature the same minifigs.

Meanwhile, only a couple of the sets appeared in Lego catalogs in Continental Europe and Britain, and they were shown in generic "Town" or "Leisure" lineups. "Outback" wasn't even marketed as a dedicated theme, and it appears the collection was available in limited quantities.

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=SEE ALSO=

6490: Amazon Crossing (1997)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/pyj6BrBMjRq

6563: Gator Landing ('96)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/r121EoNX2lB

6552: Rocky River Retreat ('93)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/eDvVy7G8jBR

1720: Cactus Canyon Value Pack ('94)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/Dp2lMpOnjMV
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