Agusta Bell AB-204B
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UH-1/ AB-204 in 1/72 scale of Italeri 
 

On this page a typical helicopter is  depicted as used by the Royal Netherlands Naval air service (MLD). Recently, Italeri issued quite of number of helicopter kits, mostly in 1/72. Some were also released by Revell. 
 
The Agusta Bell UH-1 was also operated by the MLD in the nineteen sixties and seventies. It was an Italian made version of the American Bell "Huey".  
 

The kit is from Italeri in 1/72 scale, kit no. 040.
 

I had to convert it to the AB-204B or AB (I)UH-1 but the kit is a very good starting point as the older kits of the UH-1B were not correct (such as the very old Monogram kit).

About the Italeri kit conversion,

1- first, the exhaust pipe was modified on these Dutch MLD  AB-204's; I made a round end-section with a tube by using parts from my spare parts box...
2- make the rotor head a bit finer and although the rotor diameter is about 2x8 mm too small, I just used it as is. 
3- cut out the winch hole in the lower fuselage straight below the rotor mast, which is present in every Huey.
4- The lower fuselage doppler fairing was also added

I kept the moulded rivets on the model as the real thing is also very rough and rivets can be seen everywhere!

uh-1

 

uh-12

The decals are from the excellent Dutch Decal set 72034. 

Finished in the Dutch Navy standard scheme with enamels:  Extra Dark Sea Grey (Humbrol 90) and Sky (Extracolor X607). 
 


 
 
References:

- IPMS Nederland, MIP magazine 1983, number 4

- IPMS Nederland  real AB-204 info pages....

Check out my real photos here of the AB-204B
 


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