Kitty Hawk’s 48th UH-1H in 134th AHC markings circa 1969-1970 RVN
This is but one of the Hueys I flew during my tour with the 134th AHC. This is a 2nd Plt Huey as noted by the white accent markings. 1st Plt birds carried red marking where these are white. The UH-1Cs and Ms, our gunships, had light blue accent details.
Our Hueys were maintained very well even considering our operational environment. Our Crew Chiefs took pride it their mounts and allowed us pilots to fly them with their close scrutiny. Later, after several of our birds were shot-up, the Brass determined the nose Demon Head looked like a Target and directed it to be modified with only a white outline.
It WAS a fun build for me bringing back memories of this grand ole War Horse!! A LOT of detail was covered up with Engine Cowl, but I detailed it all! Provisions are included in this kit to show everything all opened up, IF you’re so inclined. This kit isn’t perfect and DOES have its challenges. That said, it IS, by far, the best Huey on the market in any scale!!
I did use the Eduard instrument panel and overhead console, cabin seat belts. Modified the pilot and copilot seats, per the actual things. For one thing, the kit comes with the sliding side armor panel in the full forward position. Next to impossible to enter and egress like that!! Positioned P and CP seat belts as we normally did with the seat bottom and back clear of belts!
Overall paint color was mixed to my liking and remembrance.
EDIT: I forgot to mention I used Werner Wings excellent decal sheet for this build. Five Star all the way and I eagerly await his new release with correction!
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