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1/32 Revell UH-1D Huey Gunship

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1/32 Revell UH-1D Huey Gunship
Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, February 04, 2018 1:40 PM

It's been quite some time since I did a helicopter, and I've had this one in the stash for a long time.  So instead of doing the Osprey I just picked up I decided I should do the Huey first.

This kit has A LOT of flash.  Almost every part needs to be cleaned off.  For the most part things fit.  Obviously not a bad kit if you put some work into it.  I decided I would use it to try some new weathering techniques.  I usually turn out clean "museum" looking models.  I feel the need to now get rid of my 1/48 Apache, and build a 1/32, lol.  The Apache was one of my first builds anyway, so it's been needing to be replaced. 

I probably could have gone a bit dirtier with it, but I'm always afraid of going overboard, so I kept it on the lighter side. 

Anywho....pics!

Thanks for looking!

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, February 04, 2018 8:33 PM

Nice job, I got one of these at a second hand shop for $10. I like what you've done with this old kit.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, February 05, 2018 7:00 AM

It came out looking pretty nice. 

Of note though, the US Army never used the UH-1D/H long-body Hueys in the gunship configuration.  Revell got that part wrong.  UH-1D/H versions were mainly used as troop transports with M23 doorguns, if armed.  UH-1B and C model short-bodied Hueys were the gunship versions with the armaments from the kit mounted.

UH-1D/H w/M23 door gun standard configuration.

M23 Doorgun closeup.

 

UH-1B gunship with basically the same (different rocket pods) M6 armament system as in the kit.

Additionally, the markings are for MAJ Bruce Crandall's UH-1D "Ancient Serpent 6" from LZ X-Ray, Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (We Were Soldiers) that he was awarded the Medal of Honor in.  Being early in the war in '65, it had no mounted weapons since it was shortly before the M23 doorguns were introduced.  The doorgunners simply held "free" M60A MGs.   

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, February 05, 2018 8:14 AM

Rob Gronovius

Nice job, I got one of these at a second hand shop for $10. I like what you've done with this old kit.

 

Thanks Rob! 

 

HeavyArty, Thank you.  I know the kit is inaccurate, but for the price of it I figured why not.  I needed to add a Huey to the collection.  It still makes for a pretty cool looking display piece. 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, February 05, 2018 6:19 PM

Very nice work young lady!

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, February 05, 2018 7:03 PM

Nicely done Keyda.

 

Have 2 of that kit, one for me as Ancient Serpent 6, and going to have to do some mods for it.  The other is for best friend who was a crew chief on one in '69.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, February 05, 2018 11:02 PM

Nice work on the classic Revell Huey! Crandall‘s bird is a great one to add to any collection. 

And yes, you would like the 1/32 Revell Apache.... And a Cobra... and a Loach... 

 

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Posted by templar1099 on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 7:45 AM

I think it's a very nice piece of work; and I'm currently doing an Osprey, wish I did a Huey instead.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 7:51 AM

 

midnightprowler, goldhammer, Thanks!

stikpusher, Thank you, I have the 1/48 Super Cobra, lol.  Wasn't even thinking about the scale when being different from the Huey when I bought it. 

templar1099, Thanks!  I have Italeri's Osprey kit in the stash.  I was going to do that, but I've had the Huey sitting around for a while, so I figured that should come first. 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 8:52 AM

If you wanted to make it more accurate, it would be easy to do.  All you would have to do is remove the weapons mounts and ammo box inside.  Then it would be much closer to Crandall's UH-1D.  As built, it is a totally fictional UH-1H with a really poor representation of an M6 weapons system on it.

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Posted by armor 2.0 on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 9:45 AM

[quote user="HeavyArty"]

If you wanted to make it more accurate, it would be easy to do.  All you would have to do is remove the weapons mounts and ammo box inside.  Then it would be much closer to Crandall's UH-1D.  As built, it is a totally fictional UH-1H with a really poor representation of an M6 weapons system on it.

 

I think you need to buy the kit and build as you see fit. Keyda81 version looks great to me.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 10:36 AM

armor 2.0

I think you need to buy the kit and build as you see fit. Keyda81 version looks great to me.

I think you need to lighten up.  I was just providing information, not forcing anyone to do anything.  This website is for discussing models, not just to give lots of "Atta boy!" (or girl) comments.  That helps noone to improve.  Discussion, advice and tips are how we all get better.

By the way, I have built the kit, multiple times over the years.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 11:41 AM

Keyda81

 

 
Rob Gronovius

Nice job, I got one of these at a second hand shop for $10. I like what you've done with this old kit.

 

 

 

Thanks Rob! 

 

HeavyArty, Thank you.  I know the kit is inaccurate, but for the price of it I figured why not.  I needed to add a Huey to the collection.  It still makes for a pretty cool looking display piece. 

 

This is one of the kits in my collection that I will build someday, but really isn't worth trying to make it truly accurate. It's old and not what it tries to be, but gives a good looking Nam era Huey when done.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 11:57 AM

Rob Gronovius
 ... really isn't worth trying to make it truly accurate. It's old and not what it tries to be...

Actually, it is still one of the best large scale (1/32, 1/35) UH-1D/H on the market.  The only other option is the 1/35 Panda/Dragon UH-1D/H, which has plenty of its own issues.  In some areas (rivet/panel line size, overall shape, and interior details) it is better than the Dragon kit.  The only real issues with it are a bolbous nose and the oversized working front door hinges.  With a little TLC, it can be made into a great-looking and pretty accurate model.  It still has lots of potential for a kit that is 50+ years old (originally released in 1967). 

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 6:39 PM

Built this from it a few years ago. The bird Robert Mason, author of "Chickenhawk" flew in Vietnam.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, February 09, 2018 7:55 AM

Nice job.  Another example of how you can make a really nice model out of this kit.

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