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50403 Corgi   Bell UH-1E Huey gunship - US Marine Corps 1/48 scale £ 0.00
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  Bell UH-1E Huey gunship of the US Marine Corps. Superb 1/48th scale limited edition model of 7,800. Fantastic detail including cabin mounted chain guns. Intended mainly for US issue, get one while you can. Box is a little scuffed on edges but generally fine.

The United States Marine Corps UH-1E "Huey Iroquois" was a modified version of the Army UH-1B. The essential modifications were different electrical systems, radios, a rotor brake (for use on aircraft carriers where the thought of a spinning rotor on a rolling ship was not ideal), and an aluminum fuselage (again due to carrier operations and the presence of corrosives such as salt water). The new Huey quickly found itself embroiled in a controversy in the Marine Corps over tactical doctrine and the use of armed helicopters. Unarmed U.S.M.C helicopters were being shot up over hot LZs and increasingly had to rely on armed US Army gunships for escort. The UH-1Es were built with the US Army armament mounts, so that once the decision was made to arm U.S.M.C Hueys it was easy to do so. There were never enough U.S.M.C UH-1E Gunships in Vietnam to fulfil the countless missions they were called to perfrom. These included: Medivac Escort, Direct-Fire Support of engaged Marine ground units, and the insertion and extraction of Recon teams.

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.

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Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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