Queue the M*A*S*H theme...
So, here is my attempt. I think it turned out pretty well. I actually got the pattern out of the Scroll Saw magazine, though I did modify it slightly.
The propeller is actually a blank CD, which I thought was extremely clever from the original pattern.
I modified the tail section and added the pontoons, which I figured out from the M*A*S*H reruns I watch. (The clip above is labeled at the 1972 intro, but Mike Farrell didn't come on the show until 1975.) The original pattern just had wheels. I am going to have a little dowel sticking up from the freight car for the helicopter to sit on when it is moving.
I do not think I am going to paint it. That's a lot of work, and I don't have the time to do that before my daughter's birthday. Frankly, I like the straight up wood look and feel on toys. If I want groovy colors, I can but the cheap plastic toys.