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Royal Australian Air Force Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam, 1966 (1:72 Scale)
Royal Australian Air Force Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam, 1966

Hobby Master Royal Australian Air Force Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam, 1966

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Hobby Master HH1010 Royal Australian Air Force Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam, 1966 (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 Royal Australian Air Force UH-1B Huey helicopter that was involved in the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam, during 1966. Sold Out!

Rotor Span: 7-1/2-inches
Length: 8-inches

Release Date: December 2011

Historical Account: "Long Ago, Tomorrow" - The Battle of Long Tan (August 18th, 1966) was fought between the Australian Army and Viet Cong forces in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tần, about 27 kilometres (17 mi) north east of Vung Tau, South Vietnam. The action occurred when D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR), part of the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF), encountered the Viet Cong 275th Regiment and elements of the D445 Local Forces Battalion. D Company was supported by other Australian units, as well as New Zealand and United States artillery.

During the battle D Company 6 RAR, despite being heavily outnumbered, fought off a large Viet Cong assault of regimental strength. 18 Australians were killed and 24 wounded, while at least 245 Viet Cong were killed. It was a decisive Australian victory and is often cited as an example of the importance of combining and coordinating infantry, artillery, armour and military aviation. The battle had considerable tactical implications as well, being significant in allowing the Australians to gain dominance over Phước Tuy province, and although there were a number of other large-scale encounters in later years, 1 ATF was not fundamentally challenged again.

The battle has since achieved similar symbolic significance for the Australian military in the Vietnam War as battles such as the Gallipoli Campaign have for the First World War, the Kokoda Track Campaign for the Second World War and the Battle of Kapyong for the Korean War.

On August 18th, 2011, the 45th anniversary of the battle, members of 6RAR were awarded a unit citation; presented by the Governor General of Australia Quentin Bryce

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

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