Jump to content

As a result of the close-down of the UK by the British Government last night, we have made all the Buy/Sell areas read-only until we open back up again, so please have a look at the announcement linked here.

This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)


UH-1B Huey 1/72 Hobby Boss, with a little help

Recommended Posts

This is my Hobby Boss HU-1B Huey "Gunship". The Hobby Boss kit is an easy pleasant build that only took 10 days, start to finish. But it had a little help. In addition to the basic kit I used:

  • A Bilek color interior. I had never heard of Bilek before and I don't know if they have a relationship to Eduard, but it looked just like and Eduard set.
  • Eduard Mask
  • Print Scale decals. I have used Print Scale decals in the past and been happy with them, but this set and the last one I used were problematic to the point of almost being unusable and I will probably stay clear of them in the future. They are very thin, which is good, but they have no body and stick instantly. This means that once you put them down you have no opportunity to adjust them. If you try they either tear apart of roll up into a ball. This is especially true on the lettering part with clear background, and I had to get the "United States Army" decals from another set because of this. Plus as an added bonus they were badly misregistered. see the tail serial number which should be all black.
  • Mini World ammo belts. The kit gives you several options for armament and I used the M134 minigun. I couldn't see not having some ammo
  • Italeri main rotor and mast. The Hobby Boss main rotor was just a little too simplified for my tastes. As it tuns out they are both 4 scale feet too short.

So on to the pictures:







Next up is the AZ Models' Douglas X-3 Stiletto. See 


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi hsr,


it would appear everything decided to give you a hard time! It does happen more frequently than one would wish...

I love the Huey, but the HobbyBoss offering does not much for me, despite your rather excellent treatment of the kit!!! I find HB kits mixing extremely fine and detailed sections of a kit, with coarse and unappealing parts. This is the feeling I have looking at the Huey. I would go straight to Italeri or Fujimi, when it comes to helicopters!

I have never used Print Scales decals, so cannot comment... yet!

A whle back, I bought some decals for my Esci UH-1D, and they appear to be the same ones you used (Ref 72-019)!!!

Am I lucky?

Anyway, I am planning to use them around June-July if I stick to my crawling schedule. I do hope you had a dud one!!!! Am I nice?

Will let you know how it goes!!!


Keep having fun!


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, jean said:

I would go straight to Italeri or Fujimi, when it comes to helicopters!

Hi Jean,


Most of my helicopters are Italeri, but in general I don't like Italeri kits, so when I saw that there was a Hobby Boss alternative, I went for it. Hobby Boss tends to simplify things, and in this case the rotor was just too simple, but I still like them. I have the Fujimi AH-1J and I liked it, but they don't make a "B" and they seem to be unable to print white decals, white, rather then a cream color. 72-019 is the sheet I used. Like I said I have been happy with Print Scale decals in the past. Maybe it is just their newer printings that have a problem.


Good luck with it




Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice, hsr. I love the older Short Hueys, especially the M model.



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Create New...