UH-1D Slick

This is the 1/48 Scale Bell UH-1D Iroquois Plastic Model Helicopter Kit from Italeri. Suitable for Ages 14 & Up.

Italeri UH-1D Slick Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #0849
 Italeri # ita0849
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Italeri Item # ita0849
Features :
  • Highly detailed plastic parts molded in green and clear.
  • Detailed interior.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated instructions.
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Spotlight Review

"Good Kit"
jesgonzalez895 (jesgonzalez895@gmail.com)
Very good kit at a nice price point. Assembly goes smooth with clear instructions, some modeling skills required, and looks very good when done. Cool selection of decals too, no crew included but that's pretty common with Italeri's kits.

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  • Highly detailed plastic parts molded in green and clear.
  • Detailed interior.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated instructions.


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Length: 10.62" (270mm)
  • Skill level: 4


One plastic model

Requirements & Suggestions

  • Assembly
  • Modeling Knife (EXL16001) (XACX3627) (EXL16018)
  • Plastic cement (TES3501) (PLS00002) (TAM87012) or glue (HLC107)
  • Sprue Cutter (XUR410A) (EXL55594)
  • Paint (FS36270 Flat Medium Gray, FS37038 Flat Black, FS37178 Flat Aluminum, FS34084 Flat Olive Drab US Army, FS34272 Flat Pale Green, FS37200 Flat Gunmetal, Metal Gloss Brass, FS11302 Gloss Red, Gloss French Blue, FS33481 Flat Green Zinc Chromate, FS14090 Gloss Green, FS33538 Flat Insignia Yellow, FS17875 Gloss White, FS36118 Flat Gunship Gray, FS37875 Flat White, FS12197 Gloss Orange)
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"Fantastic kit"
Easy assembly, appears fairly accurate. Great addition to your Vietnam collection

"If you want a 1/48 D model Huey, this is the only game in town..."
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.

If you're looking to build a UH-1D there isn't many options available out there and Italeri's kit is probably the most available to find. Overall, I gave it 4 out 5 stars. You are provided decals for an American, Australian and German aircraft as well as parts for an earlier and later version of the aircraft. Ultimately this amounts to just a few parts that equal small variations between the two but it's nice to have the options. Building it out of the box is pretty straight forward. My biggest complaint would be that there isn't much of an interior provided other than the seats. I bought the Eduard PE set which provides a little more detail but in the end was probably not worth the extra money. Getting the interior to fit between the fuselage halves can be tricky and if not done correctly can leave wide gaps around the door frames. If building the model with the doors closed, this isn't a huge issue. However, most people probably want the doors open so sanding to get an exact fit or using putty will be required. My only other suggestion would be to find some real photos of the aircraft when building it. While building my kit, I found that many of the small antennas that are provided were not necessarily on the real aircraft. I'm sure throughout the life of the Huey there were many modifications so if you're trying to be as historically accurate as possible, not all pieces may be used. In the end, if you want something that has decent exterior detail and looks like a UH-1D this is a good kit to buy. If you are looking for maximum accuracy, you might be a little frustrated with the amount of extra work that will be required. I have added a few pictures of my build.


  • One decal sheet with markings for 3 versions
  • 1) US Army 7/1st Cavalry; Vietnam 1970
  • 2) RAAF No. 9 Squadron; Vietnam 1970
  • 3) German Army/Bukeburg 1992


Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please kee away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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