Friday, 6 August 2010

Huey

Some machines change the very nature of warfare. After experiments towards the end of WW-II and operational use in Korea, the helicopter came of age during the long and arduous conflict in South-East Asia, when the US Army used large numbers of helicopters in air-mobile operations. One of the machines that made this possible was the Bell 205, better known as the 'Huey', one of the world's first turbine powered helicopters. Variants of the Huey are still in service all over the world and Heuys are still being built today.

I myself took a shot at building one a few years ago.
HH-1N Twin Huey (1)
It is a twin-engined HH-1N, a model that until recently was used by the US Navy for Search-And-Rescue missions. I was (and still am) quite happy with how it turned out, but one of the things that I never liked was how the sliding doors on the cabin don't follow the contours of the fuselage when open. Looking at my pictures right now, I find none that illustrate this clearly. This is probably no coincidence!

This week the ever-innovative Mike Psiaki posted pictures of his own new model of a Huey. His older model was already more than decent, but the new one tops it. It's full of great techniques, it's small enough to look good with minifigs and he's come up with a pretty radical way to make the doors work, solving the problem I couldn't a few years ago.
UH-1 "Huey"
I don't normally say this sort of thing, but this has to be the best LEGO Huey model ever. Great work.

9 comments:

  1. 若有人問你成功時會不會記得他 試問若你失敗時他會不會記得你......................................................................

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  2. Wow, i'm flattered ralph, thanks!

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  3. I need Help making a huey..

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  4. Mike, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MODELING LEGO??? IT IS BEUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. i need a thing of instructions on building these things out of legos i mean I've been looking all over for instructions on building but i can never find some and I've been looking at your models in total awe thinking oh my god i need to get a set of instructions from this guy so could you send me a thing of instructions on my email? as long as there's no charge aka a bill...

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  6. to the builder of these models see previous comment

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  7. make a tutorial

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  8. instructions, please!
    WOW
    omgbbqpizza

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  9. ayy i love this huey most beautiful lego huey ive seen i was woundering if you could make instrutions

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