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WSMR SAR Huey

  • 73-21724
The kit is the Panda (pre-Dragon rebox and PE) UH-1D/H in 1/35. The model represents an actual helo I flew on from White Sands Missile Range, NM a few months ago (I have attached a couple pics of them). It is painted in an Hi-Vis/Arctic scheme.

I have added the Cobra Company UH-1N center and upper consoles, intercom/radio control boxes on the ceiling, interior light unit, and B pillar supports. The instrument panel is from the 1/32 Revell UH-1D/H; it fits great once the angled base is removed. The pilot seats are from the kit with the side armor panels removed. The Flight Engineer seats are from Academy's UH-1C kits. The troop seats are a combo of the widened kit gunner seats, Revell 1/32 supports, thinned down kit seat upper backs, and a scratch built bench. I also replaced the gunners' seat legs and added cross supports. The seat belts are made from lead foil and wire for the buckles. I also scratched the inner door panels.

I added the particle separator filter and APR-39 antenna bulges from the Fireball Modelworks UH-1H/V Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) Update. The ASE set is also 1/32, but the particle separator was actually too small to accept the Panda cowling. I had to sand down the cowling quite a bit to make it fit. I modified a pair of side steps from the Monogram 1/32 Puma to fit it as well.

For the instrument panel, I used the Panda decal for it and cut out each instrument face as a separate decal. I then applied the separate decals to each instrument after painting. A dab of clear gloss for the glass on each and they are done.

I used wire cutters and supports from the Academy UH-60 kits. A pitot tube and tail rotor (with 1/8 inch cut off each blade) from the 1/32 Revell Huey, and a towel bar antenna left over from a 1/35 Seminar UH-1B kit. The grab handles and wire strike guards at the top edges of the canopy are made from thin wire. I also lightly sanded the entire fuselage to knock down the size of the rivets a bit too.

I made the decals using inkjet computer decal paper. I also used some decals off the Fireball Modelworks UH-1D/H sheet. I made markings for UH-1H 74-22367. It is the one below with 367 and the WSMR Army Air Division logo on the nose.
  • UH-1HWSMRSAR001
  • UH-1HWSMRSAR002
  • UH-1HWSMRSAR003
  • UH-1HWSMRSAR004
  • UH-1HWSMRSAR005
  • UH-1HWSMRSAR006
  • UH-1HWSMRSAR007
  • UH-1HWSMRSAR008
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey001
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey002
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey003
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey004
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey005
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey006
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey007
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey008
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey009
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey010
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey011
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey012
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey013
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey014
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey015
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey016
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey017
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey018
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey019
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey020
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey021
  • UH-1HWSMRSARHuey022
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About the Author

About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty)
FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

Retired US Army Artillery Officer, currently a contractor at MacDill AFB in the Tampa, FL area. I have been modelling for the past 35+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 30 or so.


Comments

Thanks Rowan.
DEC 05, 2007 - 08:56 AM
Hi Gino Thanks for submitting - let's see more Helos in the Features section! Here's looking forward to your next build. All the best Rowan
DEC 05, 2007 - 11:02 AM
Well deserved feature article! I didn't say it before, but once again you built a great model. This time it's also out of the ordinary. No need to say to keep them coming.
DEC 06, 2007 - 03:24 AM
Thanks Klaus. Keep an eye out for more helo features.
DEC 06, 2007 - 05:31 PM
I already dug out my field-glasses! Maybe if I eventually get to finish my Pave Hawk and it looks decent enough ...
DEC 07, 2007 - 02:47 AM
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