Model Builder: Patrick Najmulski
Initially developed for US Army’s medical evacuation and supply requirements, the Bell UH-1 Iroquois first flew in 1956. The "Huey" first saw combat in the Viet Nam war where it became one of the most recognizable symbols of that conflict. About 7,000 UH-1 helicopters were deployed to Vietnam. At one point, there were more American helicopters in Vietnam than any other country even owned. In the difficult Vietnamese terrain, the rugged Huey served as Jeep, truck and ambulance. The UH-1 became the world’s first dedicated attack helicopter. With rocket pods, two side-mounted M-60 machine guns and a grenade launcher in the nose, it carried more fire power than a typical WW II fighter. American chopper crews flew over 30 million missions over Southeast Asia.
The model is in the markings of "B" Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, a unit of the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam. "B" Company's radio call sign was "Killer Spade"; its mission was to provide tactical air mobility for combat troops, and delivery of supplies and equipment. The 229th AHB is currently an aviation unit of the US Army.
Due to the amount of visible interior and our desire to achieve maximum authenticity, this is one of the more difficult builds that we have done to date. In addition to the choice of the excellent 1/35 scale Panda/Dragon UH-1D/H kit, we added decals from Fireball Modelworks (FMD-04-35) and the M23 Armament Subsystem from Bravo6 (B6-35068). Additional realism was achieved by adding interior details with Bravo6’s resin kits US M21 Ammo Boxes and Crates (B6-35075) and US Grenades and Claymores (B6-35064).