Nighthawk & Firefly, Vietnam.
With all the Basic and Unusual huey info we have on the forum already, i thought it might be an idea to try and break some of it down and organise it into bite size chunks for people like me with an interest in building a specific type of huey. My main interest as far as models go is with the armed "Slicks" I cant get enough of em With the various armaments included on some of the ships, it makes for a very interesting modelling project and over the last few months i have trawled the net in search of pictures in preparation for my builds. In this thread i want to try and focus specifically on the armed D & H model light ships used in Vietnam.
Typical armament variations on Nighthawk/Fireflys were..Door mounted Minigun/50 Cal, search light and starlight scope on the one side and on the other, a second minigun or 50 cal or combination of both, or single/twin mounted M60's and some had flares or flare dispensers (so lots of options).
Im going to be using another Revell 1/32 for my build. The mounts for the miniguns, light and scope need to be scratch built, as does the scope itself. So Im looking for as many pics as i can lay my hands on. Before i get started on the build i want to have a clear idea about what im doing and as far as the light and scope go im kinda stuck! So any bright ideas are most welcome
There were two types of light used, the Cluster light from a C130 plane and the Xenon searchlight from the M48 and M60 tanks. The cluster looks abit daunting to build so im gonna go with an M60 tank light. Are these available in 1/32 scale or do i need to get scratching? Also i want to try and have the light actually working which is a big step forward for me in modelling, so any advice on that score would be most welcome too.
I have never seen or heard of anyone building a Nighthawk, so its all new ground and i doubt im the only person who has thought of it, so i will post as many reference pics as i can to help. If you have any pics, links or info that could help, please post here.
Nighthawks & fireflys.
A few shots of the Xenon light and starlight scope. The first pic is a Nighthawk used by the 120th AHC "Razorbacks".
Note the length of the bar supporting the mounts in this pic.
The Cluster light..
This first one is from the C/229th AHB Nighthawk "The Judge" (mentioned in Huey thread)
A minigun from the 336th AHC Firefly
The same minigun in action..
Minigun on one side..
50 Cal on the other (336th AHC)..
Minigun and 50 Cal..
50 in action..
Lastly the twin 60s from the other side of the 336th AHC firefly i posted further up..
Thats me done for now, il post the rest later, if you have any more pics please add them
While the rest of the crew may be in the same predicament, it's almost always the pilot's job to arrive at the crash site first.