Bell UH-1C Huey Hog gunship. Model features detailed interior and exterior, rotating main and tail rotor blades with adjustable pitch, swing down targeting sights, poseable nose mounted grenade launcher, poseable pod mounted miniguns, poseable door mounted M60s, opening crew cabin doors and sliding main cabin doors.
About this creation
The UH-1C was specifically developed as a gunship version until the "interim" attack helicopter, the Bell AH-1G Huey Cobra was available and to correct the deficiencies of the UH-1B when it was used in the armed role. The UH-1C was widely referred to as the "Huey Hog" in US Army service.
The "Charlie" model was fitted with the 1,100 shp (820 kW) T53-L-9 or L-11 engine to provide the power needed to lift the weapons systems in use or under development at the time. It incorporated the new Bell 540 rotor system with 27-inch (690 mm) chord blades. The increased power lead Bell's engineers to design a new tailboom for the "C" which incorporated a wider chord fin on a longer boom and larger synchronized elevators. The "C" also introduced a dual hydraulic control system for redundancy in battle and an improved inlet filter system for the dusty conditions found in southeast Asia. Fuel was increased to 242 US gallons and gross weight to 9,500 lb (4,300 kg), giving a nominal useful load of 4,673 lb (2,120 kg).
Development on the "C" model had commenced in 1960, with production starting in June 1966. A total of 766 "C" models were completed, including five for the Royal Australian Navy and five for Norway. The balance went to the US Army.
Many UH-1Cs were later re-engined with the 1,400 shp (1,000 kW) Lycoming T53-L-13 powerplant. With this engine they were redesignated UH-1M.
This model is a modification of my UH-1B. The biggest differences are the different armament including nose mounted grenade launcher, the inclusion of swing-down targeting sights in the cockpit, relocation of the lower forward navigation lights from the tips of the landing skids to the lower forward sides of the main cabin door openings, removable of the twin nose mounted pitot tubes and addition of single roof mounted pitot, revised dorsal navigation light, and revised engine air filter. Armament has been changed to a different rocket configuration, twin trackable miniguns on pod mounts, and two pintle mounted door gunner M60s. The M60s and their mounts are easily removeable, allowing the main cabin door to still slide closed.