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UH-1D/H Heat Suppressor Kit (Strela Kit)

Cobra Company 1/35 UH-1D/H Heat Suppressor Kit (Strela Kit) First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2007 Manufacturer Cobra Company
Subject UH-1D/H Heat Suppressor Kit (Strela Kit) Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35027 Primary Media Resin
Pros Updates Panda kit to late and post-Vietnam anti-SA-7 survivability modification Cons  
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $12.00

First Look

Cobra Company has released several interesting conversions to bring the Panda/Dragon 1/35 UH-1D/H Huey a little more up-to-date. This conversion is a simple one designed to update the aircraft to the late Vietnam war and post-war mods applied to many UH-1s to protect them against the shoulder-fired man-portable SA-7 heat-seeking surface-to-air missile. The UH-1's turbine simply sat atop the main cabin in a well-vented enclosure with the exhaust ducting aft.

UH-1D/H Heat Suppressor Kit (Strela Kit)

This modification applies stand-off covers to the sides of the engine housing to allow air to still flow into the compartment, but to mask the heat of the engine from the missile seeker. The most distinctive part of the modification is the 'sugar scoop' (or toilet bowl) that fits over the engine exhaust duct and redirects the engine exhaust up into the main rotor downwash to get faster cooling of the hot engine gases.

This set represents a really simple conversion and would be ideal for someone wanting to create a unique model. AMS modelers will like this set too as this brings the Panda/Dragon Huey into the more distinctive configuration.

My sincere thanks to Cobra Company for this review sample!

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