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Bell ‘Huey’ helicopter

by Peter
Categories: Amercom, Aviation, Bell, Diecast models, Helicopters
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It’s not often I go into shops like WH Smiths, but have been doing so to pick up my Batmobiles but in doing so have come across another series of diecast, this time helicopters.

It called the helicopter magazine and each issue comes with a different 1:72 scale diecast helicopter, unfortunately I didn’t know about this one and is at present on issue 11, so picked one up anyway as it is one of my favourite helicopters, the Bell UH-1B affectionately known as the Huey.

This is one of the latest Amer/com collections and have previously issued planes, tanks and military dioramas as well as cars in a larger scale.

The quality is fantastic and the only issue I have is I would of preferred the stand to of been in clear plastic like the older Airfix kits were, but is a good fit and suits the aircraft, the actual model is a bit off balance, if you stand it on the ground on the skids it is tail end heavy so sits wrong.

This is the first one I have acquired and will be looking at what back issues I can get and include other favourites such as the Apache, Chinook and the Sea King, so watch out for more helicopters on these pages.

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The real helicopter

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (unofficially Huey) is a military helicopter powered by a single, turboshaft engine, with a two-bladed main rotor and tail rotor. The helicopter was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet the United States Army’s requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter in 1952, and first flew on 20 October 1956. Ordered into production in March 1960, the UH-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide.

The first combat operation of the UH-1 was in the service of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The original designation of HU-1 led to the helicopter’s nickname of Huey.  In September 1962, the designation was changed to UH-1, but “Huey” remained in common use. Approximately 7,000 UH-1 aircraft saw service in Vietnam.

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