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Gladiator 36

by rotorwash (1:72 Italeri)

Bell UH-1B Huey

Here's my build of Gladiator 36, my dad's bird. It's a 1/72 Italeri Bell UH-1B with a UH-1C tailboom.

Gladiator 36 in Vietnam

There are parts from 4 different kits in this bird: Italeri UH-1B, Italeri UH-1C tail and paticle seperator, Hasegawa M156 mounts, Esci UH-1D miniguns, ceiling, and rotor blade tips. There is photoetch from both the Eduard and CMK sets and resin from the CMK set.

I scratchbuilt the ammo box and seat supports. The ammo chutes are made from scalpel packets. I also put the feeder delinker on the minis. The M-60s are from the Italeri OH-13 kit with photoetch and scratchbuilt additions. I also made the counterweights for the 204 rotorhead and lengthened the undersized Italeri rotors. Skid steps are also scratchbuilt.

Decals were made by Joseph Osborne at Fireball Modelworks. His stuff is top notch and I couldn't have finished this project without it. Anyway, I know my skills need work, but she is accurate in terms of armamant and equipment.

I have another pic of Gladiator 36 showing the UH-1C tailboom replacement and the XM-157 rocket pods. I weathered the model with pastels and sealed it with MM clear flat.

Finally, here's a picture of my dad on a gun run. I gave it to my dad for Veteran's Day/Father's Day.


Published on 14. December 2009

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