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Bell UH-1N Twin Huey

by Patrick Najmulski (1:35 Panda Models)

Bell UH-1N Twin Huey

I'm attaching a few photos of my Panda Models 1/35 Bell UH-1N twin Huey.  Using the Panda kit and Cobra Company's Fleet Upgrade and Weapons sets, along with the main rotor gearbox/transmission from Dragon's UH-1C, I was able to get a respectable representation of UH-1N 159202, circa 2007.  I also "borrowed" miscellaneous parts from a 1/35 UH-60 and OH-58, AMS Resin intake and exhaust covers, and aftermarket Werner's Wings and Fireball Modelworks parts.

Bell UH-1N Twin Huey

Cobra Company's Fleet Upgrade set is a must have to make a modern UH-1N, but some of the parts are oversized (namely, the chaff/flare buckets and housings and the RWR antennae on the nose).  I shaved down the APR sensors on the nose considerably, and made my own chaff and flare dispensers from those provided in the 1/35 AH-1W kit, which I faired into the tail boom with Squadron putty.  I flush-sanded the entire tail boom to eliminate the oversized rivets and replaced them with Archer Fine Transfer rivets.  I scratchbuilt the interior of the "doghouse" and added a main rotor gearbox/transmission and drive shaft, rotor brake, and converted the main rotor system from a "stab bar" Huey to the SCAS system (Stability Control Augmentation System).  The 42 degree gearbox cover at the base of the vertical fin is molded as a solid, louvrered piece; I cut out the solid piece and replaced it with a scratchbuilt mesh cover over a scratchbuilt 42 degree gearbox and tail rotor driveshaft.

Bell UH-1N Twin Huey

For the interior, I rebuilt the cabin bulkheads to reflect removal of the soundproofing, and added pilot/co-pilot seats from the Cobra Company set.  I added seatbelts and made seat covers from squadron putty, and scratchbuilt a FLIR control stick and installed in on the console next to the Pilots seat.  The FLIR on the Cobra Company set appeared undersized, so I kitbashed a FLIR from the  Academy 1/32 F/A-18 and added it to the Cobra Company FLIR housing.  The auxiliary fuel "bag" is from Werner's Wings, and I plumbed it with fine-gauge solder and scratchbuilt attach points.  ICS cords are fine-gauge copper wire, and the helmet is a modified F/A-18 pilot's helmet from the Academy kit, modified by removing the oxygen mask and adding a boom microphone.  Main rotor and tail rotor tiedowns were made from masking tape and photoetched buckles.

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Bell UH-1N Twin Huey

 

Markings were painted from custom-made masks to reflect UV-30/159202 from HMLA-267, and she sits on a tarmac from 3d Wire Designs.  I had my first flight in this Huey, on November 27, 2007.   She's painted with Model Master enamels, and weathered with pastels and acrylic washes. 

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Bell UH-1N Twin Huey

 

The GAU-17 minigun is from RB Models, and the GAU-16 .50 caliber was modified with a scratchbuilt flash suppressor. I modified the LAU-68 2.75" rocket pod by driling out one of the tubes, common practice to avoid the intervalometer "skipping" tube 1. I also added an electrical connector to the pod, as well as the interface cable between the aircraft and bomb rack. The Improved Defensive Armament Systems (IDAS) were scratchbuilt with Evergreen styrene, utilizing bomb racks from the Academy F/A-18 kit. The outdoor photographs were taken on the flightline at Camp Pendleton, her home base before she went to the Boneyard at Davis Monthan AFB. Enjoy!

Patrick Najmulski

Published on 18. July 2012

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