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6342-1: Beach Rescue Chopper
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The build is 99%+ accurate, pretty much only decals and stickers are absent.

==MISSING PARTS==
https://rebrickable.com/parts/4617b/propeller-3-blade-55-diameter-with-hole-for-technic-pin/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/4209pb01/string-reel-2-x-4-x-2-holder-with-coast-guard-print/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/821422/sticker-for-set-6342-821422/

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The set no. 6342 'Beach Rescue Chopper,' known as 'Air Sea Rescue' in the UK, came out in 1993 as part of the Town's "Flight" subtheme. It was one of the rare periods when both American and British branding aligned; Lego catalogs on both sides of the pond even featured an identical logo.


The "Flight" theme debuted in 1991, with a notorious 'Airport Shuttle' set (one of only three Lego models to ever feature a 9V electric monorail, which made it an exceptionally rare and valuable collectible today). In 1993, Lego added three sets to the "Flight" line-up.


The 'Beach Rescue Chopper' is one of the very few Coast Guard or rescue-themed Lego models to include a civilian to rescue! This odd quirkiness affected many other sets over the years, in some cases reaching almost epic fail proportions.

Take, for instance, the World City 2003-04 line-up with virtually no civilians (besides a few passengers in more expensive "Trains" sets), only uniforms: cops, special agents, firefighters, railway engineers, etc. 
Imagine if a set no. 7047 'Coast Watch HQ was someone's first-ever Lego model. Good luck with all those coast guards rescuing each other all day long!


In this instance, Lego included a lovely surfer figurine in sunglasses and a life vest, chilling out on the ocean on his catamaran yacht with a windsurfing sail. And if anything goes south, there's a jet Rescue Chopper on the way...


It's a very utilitarian aircraft, somewhat cubical in appearance. (Yes, what a hilarious complaint about a Lego model, but I really can't find a better way to put it). One of the sides is open, and the helicopter comes with a spool to bring down a tiny rescue hatch on the rope. Both coast guards are dressed in red leather jackets for some reason; interesting stylistic choice.

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==SEE ALSO==

6399-1: Airport Shuttle (1991)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/79a8nQABj8w

6346-1: Shuttle Launching Crew (1992)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/7l2BM7b1a0N
by @Sebsan21

6345-1: Aerial Acrobats (1993)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/qxov7wmDv0D
by @Batka

6536-1: Aero Hawk (1993)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/xBLvGbgJjGy
by @ryczkowski_adam

6545-1: Search N' Rescue (1996)
Another excellent rescue helicopter that came out a few years later in a "Police" sub-theme
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/LyjWYdbpaJr

7047-1: Coast Watch HQ (2004)
An aforementioned 'World City' set that came without any civilian minifigs to rescue
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/07vNy3n7jAm
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