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US Army Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - 57th Medical Detachment, Vietnam, 1964-1965 (1:72 Scale)
US Army Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - 57th Medical Detachment, Vietnam, 1964-1965

Hobby Master US Army Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - 57th Medical Detachment, Vietnam, 1964-1965




 
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Hobby Master HH1007 US Army Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - 57th Medical Detachment, Vietnam, 1964-1965 (1:72 Scale) "I can't promise you that I will bring you all home alive, but this I swear: I will be the first one to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off. And I will leave no one behind. Dead, or alive, we all come home together. So help me God."
- Colonel Hal Moore, from the feature film "We Were Soldiers"

So unassuming is the humble Huey (never called "Iroquois" by those who flew them) that its role as one of the major combat aircraft of the century is easily forgotten. More than 12,000 of all models were built and -- on any given day, during its heyday in Vietnam -- 2,000 could be in the air at once.

From 1962, when the first short-fuselage HU-1s arrived, to the later large-doored versions, they took on transport, utility and medevac or "dustoff" missions. The Huey later morphed into a gunship with multiple protrusions of guns and rocket pods added to protect and escort the unarmed troop-carrying "slicks."

When the new Huey Cobra appeared, a true Air Cavalry was born. Though most of the USAF machines are gone, the army expects to keep the Huey through the first decade of this century.

Shown here is a 1:72 scale replica of a US Army Bell UH-1B Huey helicopter that was attached to the 57th Medical Detachment, then deployed to Vietnam from 1964-1965. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Rotor Span: 7.5-inches
Length: 8-inches

Release Date: December 2009

Historical Account: "Dustoff" - During the course of the war, the UH-1 went through several upgrades. The UH-1A, B, and C models (short fuselage, Bell 204) and the UH-1D and H models (stretched-fuselage, Bell 205) each had improved performance and load-carrying capabilities. The UH-1B and C performed the gunship and some of the transport duties until 1967, when the new AH-1 Cobra arrived on the scene. The newer Cobra, a purpose-built attack helicopter based on the UH-1 was faster, sleeker, harder to hit, and could carry more ordnance.

The increasing intensity and sophistication of NVA anti-aircraft defenses made continued use of gunships based on the UH-1 impractical, and after Vietnam the Cobra was adopted as the Army's main attack helicopter. Devotees of the UH-1 in the gunship role cite its ability to act as an impromptu dustoff if the need arose, as well as the superior observational capabilities of the larger Huey cockpit, which allowed return fire from door gunners to the rear and sides of the aircraft.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Spinning rotor blades
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Accurate markings and insignia

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