Werner's Wings 1/24 UH-1 Huey Gunship Crew Kit First Look
|Date of Review||July 2015||Manufacturer||Werner's Wings|
|Subject||UH-1 Huey Gunship Crew||Scale||1/24|
|Kit Number||Figure 3||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Four beautifully cast crew figures||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$70.00|
Werner's Wings has an ever-growing line of detail sets, conversions, and decals focused on the helicopter modeler who wants to take their projects to the next level. At the 2015 IPMS/USA National Convention, owner Floyd Werner was showing off some exciting new products as well as prototypes for products coming in our future. Here is one of their latest releases.
Here is a figure set designed for the Revell (Monogram) 1/24 scale UH-1 Huey Gunship kit which has been reissued over the years in a variety of boxings including the 'Rambo' and Visible Huey editions. This set provides four figures, two pilots and two door gunners. One pilot figure is posed with his hands on the controls while the other keeps his hands on his lap. The two gunners have M60 machine guns in their hands. These figures are beautifully cast in tan resin and have no mold blocks, so you can start immediately with painting and assembly.
As you can see in the images above, there are four heads, two with moustaches, two without. There are also four helmets (bone domes), two with the visors up, two with the visors down. The heads appear to have mohawk haircuts, but these are actually spacers to hold the helmet up at the right level when glued together. You can interchange the heads and helmets with the bodies to create the combinations you want seated in your Huey. What you'll need to finish these off are cable extensions to connect the helmet intercom chord to the chord draped across the front of the pilot figures, wire boom microphones for the helmets, connections between the crew restraints molded on the figures with the crew seats, and the appropriate Vietnam-era hero names/art work for the helmets (if any).
This set will bring the Monogram kit to life and are very nicely done. If you hesitate at the $70 price (plus shipping), remember that equivalent resin 1/35 scale figures have an average price of $18-19 USD each, so the price for these four 1/24 figures in resin is quite reasonable.
My sincere thanks to Werner's Wings for this review sample! If you don't see this set listed on their website, use the Contact Us feature on their website for information.