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Hobby Master 1/72 HH1007 Bell UH-1B Huey US Army 57th Medical Det, "Dust Off 90", Vietnam, 1964

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Hobby Master 1:72 HH1007 Bell UH-1B Huey US Army 57th Medical Det, "Dust Off 90", Vietnam, 1964

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Hobby Master 1/72  HH1007 Bell UH-1B Huey  US Army 57th Medical Det, "Dust Off 90", Vietnam, 1964

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1:72 Scale                   Length     Width
Bell UH-1B Huey           7.5"           8"
US Army trials of the Bell 204 helicopter in 1955 lead to the development of the HU-1. Because of the initial designation the nickname Huey came about. It was soon realized that the HU-1 didn't have the lifting power for heavy loads or room for enough troops so it was given a larger cabin, larger engine, a modified main rotor along with a few other improvements and re-designated the UH-1B. Later versions of the UH-1B received an even more powerful engine. There were 1,010 "B" variants delivered to the US Army.
In early January 1964 a bloody two day battle raged near the Cambodian border with Vietnam. Every unit and aircraft engaged in the operation was assigned a separate call sign. The call sign for the 57th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance) was "Dust Off". According to procedures the call signs were to be changed but the commanding officer requested that their call sign not be changed so there wouldn't be any chance of confusion about who were the medevac units. After the battle it was determined that the Med Det needed a permanent call sign and since "Dust Off" had been used it was agreed that this would be the permanent one. The 57th was the first Medevac unit in Vietnam so they assumed the name "The Originals".
During an operation on July 1, 1964 Major Charles Kelly flew his UH-1B "Dust Off 90" to an LZ to pick up wounded. He was warned to stay away because it was a "hot LZ" but his reply became famous and the motto for all Army Medical Companies "I'll leave when I have your wounded". Shortly after that Major Kelly was mortally wounded by a snipers bullet. Kelly's attitude about the mission of the MEDEVACs to fly, without hesitation, anytime, anywhere continued all through Vietnam and even to this day. During the eleven years from 1962 to 1973 that the 57th Med Det were in Vietnam they evacuated over 100,000 patients from combat zones.

Bell UH-1B Huey
Designed to meet a US Army requirement for a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and general utility helicopter, the UH-1 Huey was first flown on October 20, 1956. Nicknamed "Huey" because of its original "HU-1" designation, this aircraft became famous during the Vietnam War, where 7,000 of them served in a variety of roles, from MEDEVAC and search and rescue to troop transport, air assault and ground attack. As a troop transporter, the Huey revolutionized warfare, giving the Army the ability to strategically position troops in various locations that were otherwise difficult to reach in the heavy jungle environment.

Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series
The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.
Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:
Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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Diecast Toy Manufacturer Hobby Master
Manufacturer No
Country United States
Scale 1:72
Type Helicopter
Series UH-1
Color Green