I first started researching UH-1 Huey scale models, I visited a number of
modeling forums. On one of them, I stumbled across a link to
Intrigued by their decal and conversion set offerings for several helicopters—in
multiple scales—I placed an order for the sheet I am reviewing today, intended
for use on 1/72 UH-1D or UH-1H Huey helicopters.
The decals arrived in a resealable bag, inside a
cardboard-backed envelope. In short, they were well protected. Packed with the
decals was a four-page (two glossy sheets, folded in half) markings and painting
guide, which also included tips on applying these ALPS-printed decals.
The sheet itself contains markings for six
specific UH-1 Slicks from the Vietnam War. The guide dedicates a page apiece to
each of the six helicopters, giving detailed information on decal placement and
correct painting scheme. The painting information becomes especially important
as a particular bird may not have a color-matched tailboom or doors. Or they may
have a different color on the roof or different colors for the rotor tips.
Specific kit recommendations are not listed, but all of the UH-1’s are either D
or H variants, so kit searches should be conducted appropriately. Also noted on
the back of the sheet is that all the Hueys on this sheet “were armed with the
M-23 Armament System, which comprised an M-60 Machine gun and mount on both
sides of the helicopter.”
on the sheet is the UH-1D 65-09621 “Dolphins” 174th
Assault Helicopter Company (AHC), Late 1967. Next is the UH-1D 66-00747 “Annie
AHC, Long Binh,
November 1968. Next, the UH-1H 67-17463 “Black Cats” 282nd
AHC, Late 1968. Fourth up is the UH-1H 68-15297 “Stallions” 92nd
AHC, 1971. Fifth on the sheet is UH-1D 64-13828 “Soc Trang Tigers” 121st
AHC, 1967. And the last bird on the sheet is the “Nevada Gambler” UH-1H 67-16642
“Ghostriders” C Co 227th
Aviation Bn., 1st
Air Cav Div, October 1969.
sheet itself is beautifully printed on an
printer. In addition to the six Hueys represented, the sheet has extra numbers
and insignia that would prove very useful for building other Hueys from that
time and place. Aftermarket decals and details for 1/72 Hueys are in short
supply, so this decal set really gives the modeler a chance to do something
beyond just what’s in the kit box. And with the extreme attention to accuracy
and detail that this sheet and painting guide delivers, there’s a real
opportunity to make something special here.
copy courtesy of my wallet. This sheet, in four different scales, along with
other decal and conversion offerings can be ordered directly from Fireball
(Be sure to tell them you saw the review in
Modeling Madness. Ed).
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