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Aaronw

Italeri 1/72 USAF UH-1F, 37th ARRS

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I'll be starting off with a USAF UH-1F from the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service.

The UH-1F is an odd branch of the UH-1 family designed to USAF specifications. It combines the short body of the UH-1B with the longer tail boom and rotors of the UH-1D. The USAF required it use the same GE T-58 turbine used in the HH-3 "Jolly Green Giant" to make logistics easier. This leads to one of the easiest identification features of the UH-1F, the exhaust exits to the right side of the fuselage instead to the rear over the tail boom.

Using this boxing from Italeri

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I'll be doing in the top set of markings, an aircraft of the 37th ARRS based out of South Dakota circa 1979.

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Parts layout

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I've just about got the interior done.

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Off to a nice build so far. I got to ride in one of these at McConnell AFB KS while in ROTC Summer Camp in 1975. One point the S in ARRS is for squadron not service.

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One point the S in ARRS is for squadron not service.

Gah... As the umbrella organization the S in ARRS is correctly service so I typed that, but of course you are correct when used as I did here, the S in 37th ARRS would be squadron, not service.

I use acrylics so I can't even blame it on the paint fumes.

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