Monday, February 19, 2018

Esci 1/72 UH-1D Huey Hog directions (kit 9009)

Decided to digitize some of the box art, instructions, and decals of some of my unbuilt kits lurking in my plastic mountain. I need to downsize, and will be trying to thin out some of kits I know that I have neither the time or skill to finish. Here is a fairly straightforward kit by Esci - the UH-1D Iroquois known more commonly as the Huey. The Army nomenclature as HU-1 for Helicopter, Utility, or pronounced by some as "Huey". The Army changed its naming protocols, and the Bell Helicopter became known as the UH-1. If ridden in a few during my time in the US Reserves, but it was the later "H" model, which looks almost the same as the "D". I bought this, along with the Esci Vietnam era US troops and Vietcong, hoping to either use them for wargaming or a diorama.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Warplanes Collector's Club -Handley Page HAMPDEN

Happy New Year! Here's to a new and hopefully wonderful new year.

In the late eighties/early nineties, there were various subscription services available were, for a monthly fee, you would receive cards to build a collection. This was pre-internet, so this type of reference material was not easily available. At the time I was really into aviation and subscribed to the Warplanes Collector's Club. I don't remember now how many months I was enrolled, or how many cards you got a month (15 or 20 per month seems right). Here is the Handley Page Hampden. It is classified (for this collection, at least) as a medium bomber. The green square signifies that the dates of operation is 1939-1945.

Wikipedia has very similar, but more exhaustive, information. I kind of prefer the cards, though, either due to a sense of possession or the ability to physically "flip through" the collection.