If you want a 1/48 D model Huey, this is the only game in town...
February 21, 2016
The UH-1D Huey is among the best known aircraft in the world with over 16000 built, but for some reason it has not been a popular modeling subject in 1/48, with only ESCI and Italeri producing kits in that scale. Esci ceased production of their Huey when the Italeri kit was first released in 1998. The kit is accurate in outline and the molding is what we can expect from its original release date. Missing are the M60 door guns and armored pilot seats which are obvious by their omission on a 1st Cav Huey. Molding was clean and flash free, but assembly is a challenge, especially when assembling the interior and fuselage, but with some patience it can be built into a nice, if slightly inaccurate model out of the box. There are a number of aftermarket photoetched and resin parts that can correct the missing parts and add more to the finished product. Out of the box it looks like a Huey, and with some aftermarket parts it can be a beauty, and if you want a 1/48 long cabin Huey, this is the only game in town.
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