Bell UH-1D Huey medevac. Model features detailed interior and exterior, rotating main and tail rotor blades with adjustable pitch, opening crew doors, and sliding main cabin doors with hinged opening forward doors.
About this creation
The earlier "short-body" Hueys were a success, especially in the gunship role, but lacked the cabin space to be an effective troop transport. The US Army wanted a version that could carry a crew of four (two pilots and two door gunners) and also deliver an infantry section of eight-ten soldiers. Bell's solution was to stretch the UH-1B fuselage by 41 inches (105 cm) and use the extra space to fit two sideways-facing seats on either side of the transmission. This brought the total seating capacity to 15, including crew seats.
The new Huey was designated UH-1D by the US Army and as the Model 205 by Bell. The enlarged cabin could also accommodate six stretchers, double that of the earlier models, making the "Delta" a good MEDEVAC aircraft. In place of the earlier model's sliding side doors with a single window, larger doors were fitted which had two windows, plus a small "hinged panel" with an optional window, providing access to the cabin. The doors and hinged panels were quickly removable and the Huey could be flown in that configuration.
The first YUH-1D prototype flew in August 1960. Seven YUH-1Ds were delivered and tested at Edwards AFB starting in March 1961. The YUH-1D was initially equipped with a 44 ft (13 m) main rotor and a Lycoming T53-L-9 engine. Testing revealed that more power was required and so the rotor was lengthened to 48 ft (15 m) with a chord of 21 inches (530 mm) and the engine was upgraded to the Lycoming T53-L-11 engine of 1,100 shp (820 kW). A longer tailboom was designed to accommodate the longer rotor blades. Gross weight was 9,500 lb (4,300 kg). Later production "Deltas" had the Lycoming T53-L-13 powerplant of 1,400 shp (1,000 kW) installed and redesignated as "Hotel" models.
The first Army unit deliveries of the "Delta" model were on 9 August 1963 when the 11th Air Assault Division (Test) at Fort Benning Georgia received two. This unit was renamed the 1st Cavalry Division and deployed to Vietnam with its "Delta" Hueys.
A total of 2008 UH-1Ds were delivered to the US Army between 1962 and 1966. The model was widely exported and served with the armed forces of Australia and South Vietnam among others. A grand total of 2,561 UH-1Ds were built, including 352 constructed by Dornier for the West German armed forces.
Upgrading the UH-1D to the Lycoming T53-L-13 engine, plus relocating the pitot tube from the nose to the roof resulted in a new model, the UH-1H, which was to become the most produced variant of the Huey family.
This model was built in memorial of Lt. Col. Willie M. Dixson, US Army retired, whom I had the pleasure of meeting shortly before his death last year, and whom never tired of talking about flying.
Born in 1927, as the oldest of five children, Willie Mercy Dixson was an extraordinary human being. Instilled with a resounding sense of duty and responsibility, he began working at a young age and continued to support his family at home by sending allotments from his paychecks.
In 1948 "Bill" Dixson enrolled at Eta Jima, Japan's 8th Army transportation Training School in a Cargo Checker's Course. In 1950 he became part of the Army's first integration effort, as a platoon sergeant of an ambulance company assigned to a MASH unit in Korea.
He was graduated from Army Aviation School to follow up his training in Germany and then a year in Vietnam. And, although many a night he would come back to base with numerous holes in his chopper, he had the great fortune to never be shot down.
His studious demeanor saw him through the 559th Medical Ambulance Company, to the 45th Medical Company (DUSTOFF), continuing with a stint at the 388th Evac. Hospital, as well as the 63rd Med. Det. and rounding out his career serving a Commanding Officer of the 507th Med. Co. (AA as well as Battalion Commander of the 37th Med. Bn. Throughout an undeniably distinguished career, spanning 22 years, he earned various accolades including the Gallantry Cross with Silver Star and Distinguished flying Cross. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1970.
Info courtesy Wikipedia.
Lt Col. Willie M. Dixson info courtesy Dustoff.org.
I really love this model. As a former UH-1 Medevac Pilot and Lego builder I would love to built this one for me....do you have a instructions shieet? From LDD? I would also pay for it....
Thanks a lot.....best regards
this is amazing .. you don't have the image in LDD by any chance .. I'd love to build one if you do.
I like it
June 1, 2015
I can't stop looking at this helo. I'd do most anything to know how to put this together. I've been out of LEGO for 31 years (a childhood thing for me), and your helo's are inspiring me to jump back in. When I look at this, however, I can't grasp some of the build concepts. Is there a commercially available kit that would help me visualize and learn some of these techniques?
Amazingly detailed helicopter! The shaping looks really good and the interior too. But there are two things I think you should change: 1.Sacrifice the rudderpedals for Windows ind the nosesection, it would complete the overall impression. 2.Change the Exhaustnozzle piece (Technicwheel) to somthing better.