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UH-1C 174th AHC Gun Platoon 'Sharks' 1970

Easy Model 1/48 UH-1C 174th AHC Gun Platoon 'Sharks' 1970 Pre-Finished Model First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2015 Manufacturer Easy Model
Subject UH-1C 174th AHC Gun Platoon 'Sharks' 1970 Scale 1/48
Kit Number 39318 Pros Nice details, finish and markings
Cons See text MSRP (USD) $34.98

First Look

UH-1C 174th AHC Gun Platoon 'Sharks' 1970
UH-1C 174th AHC Gun Platoon 'Sharks' 1970
UH-1C 174th AHC Gun Platoon 'Sharks' 1970
UH-1C 174th AHC Gun Platoon 'Sharks' 1970
UH-1C 174th AHC Gun Platoon 'Sharks' 1970

It has been over eight years since the last time we looked at the Easy Model line of pre-built/pre-finished models. This series is produced by the same company that also produced the Trumpeter and Hobby Boss brands of kits. Until recently, Easy Model produced its aircraft and armor subjects in 1/72 scale and its submarines in 1/700 scale. That has changed.

This 1/48th scale model comes in a well-protected package and is wired down on a clear tray inside that box. The model comes out by untwisting two wires. The main rotor and tail rotor are mounted separately on the clear tray for protection. As you can see in these images, the model has some nice detailing molded into the surface and looks great with its distinctive sharkmouth.

The subject is 'Easy Rider' 66-15045 which was a UH-1C assigned to the 174th Assault Helicopter Company and was one not equipped with the distictive grenade launcher on the nose. This model looks a whole lot better than the real Easy rider which crashed but with both pilots in reasonable condition.

The fit and finish of this model is nice. Is it an exact replica of the Easy Rider's colors? Not exactly, but it has been finished to be an eye-catching desk model. My only complaint with my example was that it was slightly tail heavy, so I used a prop under the tail skid in these photos.

The hard-core modeler will want to acquire the MRC 1/35 UH-1C kit and do their own rendition of this aircraft, which is exactly what this hobby is about. For those of us that don't have as much time, this is good option for getting one or more Huey subjects on display until your inner modeler can get the bench time to do them yourself.

My sincere thanks to MRC for this review sample!

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