UH-1D Huey Gunship 1:32 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-5536 Review

2015 November 30
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20151130*
UH-1D Huey Gunship 1:32 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-5536 Review

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The Huey was ordered for the U.S. Military in 1952. The Huey was the first turbine powered helicopter in production. It was designed to be a medical and a utility helicopter for the military. The Huey saw extensive usage during the Vietnam War. The most known of these missions were the ones flown by Major Bruce Crandall who flew 14 (Revell Box info) or 22 (internet sources) forays during the Battle of IA Drang. Major Crandall was the commander of A Company 229th Aviation Battalion in 1965. During this time Major Crandall flew an unarmed Huey bringing supplies and evacuating the wounded. Major Crandall flew over 900 combat missions during the Vietnam War.

For the modeler: This is the UH-1D Huey Gunship 1:32 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-5536 Review.  Revell released this kit before with several variations (earliest 1967) and now Revell brings it back in 2012. I have found ten other versions of the 1:32 Huey, two 000b of which are civilian police versions. The ten versions I found and the approximate year they were released are; Revell H-286 Bell UH-1D Huey Helicopter (1967), H- 259 Bell Huey Attack Helicopter (1968), H-274 Police Helicopter (1978), Kit number unknown Bell UH-1D Hubschrauber der heeresfliegertruppe (197?), M4 Bell UH-1D Police Helicopter (Japanese issue, 1980), 4421 Bell UH-1H Gunship (1982, 1994), 4440 Bell UH-1D (1985), 4454 Helicopter Patrol (1985), 4422 Bell UH-1D UN (1995).This kit’s pieces are molded in olive drab, and clear, with sticker decals. There are 139 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. The dimensions are; (with main rotor going sideways and tail rotor going up and down) L -15 ¾”, W -17-7/8”, & H -5 3/8, with main rotor following fuselage and tail rotor going up and down and the machine guns on the side 20 1/8 L X 5 3/8 W X 5 3/8 H, with the main rotor following the fuselage as well as the tail rotor and the machine guns 21 ¼ L X 5 3/8 W 5 1/8 H.

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; part preparation; decal preparation and application; flash and parting line seam identification and repair; adhesive selection and applications; cockpit construction and detailing; machine gun and rocket pod finishing; detailing the ammo belts; hub and rotor construction and finishing; using metalizers to detail the engine and transmission; where NOT to use glue for operational parts; using clear glue for windows; alternate assembly sequence for fit and finish; patching sink marks in the figures; detailing the figures; missile paint selections; decal selection; doors open displays, are all fully examined in this pictorial 27 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.  The kit instructions are also available with this review.


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