|The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, nicknamed “Huey” was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production for the United States military. It is powered by a single, turbo shaft engine, with a
two bladed main rotor and tail rotor. The original designation was HU-1, from which the nickname originated, but this was later changed to UH-1. The helicopter was developed by Bell
Helicopter to meet the United States Army's requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter and its inaugural flight took place on October 20, 1956. The Huey went into
production in March 1960 and more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide. The first combat operation of the UH-1 was in the Vietnam War under U.S. Army service. Other
branches of the U.S. military (Air Force, Navy and Marines) also used Huey variants built according to their specifications. Approximately 7,000 UH-1 aircraft saw service in Vietnam.
Several variants have been produced over the years and used by militaries worldwide. Later variants are still in service today.
The Bell UH-1 Huey is the latest release in L’Arsenal’s line of 1/350 scale aircraft. This little set comes with a pair of resin helicopters and photo-etch parts packaged in a zip-lock bag.
No decals are provided, which is really the only minus with the well done set. The resin fuselage and tail boom are well cast with recessed door and window frames and detailed engine
cowl. Some resin flash needs to be removed and a bit of casting over pour along the bottom needs to be sanded smooth. There are recesses to attach the skids, elevators and hand grabs.
I am not sure is the rotor shaft is part of the casting or not but if it is then they were broken off on both resin fuselages and need to be substituted with brass or plastic rod.