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DECAL REVIEW


Werner's Wings Decals # 48-016
UH-1D/Hs in Vietnam and Beyond -- 1:48 Scale

The American combat helicopter came of age, many would argue, in the form of the iconic Bell UH-1 Iroquois – better known as the Huey.  First flying in 1956, more than 16,000 UH-1s have been produced across some two-dozen variants and many still fly today.  Living in the Washington, D.C. area, I spot the UH-1Ns of the 1st Helicopter Squadron quite frequently.  But most importantly, the UH-1 was an integral player in the Vietnam War and subsequent service, where it gained legendary status for its utility, transport, and Medevac service.

In this release, Werner’s Wings provides decals for 21 UH-1D/Hs and UH-1Hs as they appeared during the Vietnam conflict.  These decals are optimized for the 1:48 scale Kitty Hawk kit, but they are generalized enough to be able to fit any other 1:48 scale Huey (e.g., Italieri, Esci/Erlt, Monogram kits).  The set covers the following markings options:

Werner's Wings has a well-earned reputation for doing outstanding work, and these decals certainly hold up to the high expectations that surround this product line.  One can really appreciate the very thorough research, careful decal design, and flawless, state-of-the-art printing.  The decal artwork was rendered by Mason Doupinik and while it doesn't say so on the sheet, it has the looks of a sheet printed by Microscale.  The decal sheet itself is beautiful.  Colors look great and are opaque, and even some of the finest lettering is legible.  

The markings guide comes with a very detailed, multi-page narrative on Huey modification history, a short history if the UH-1 in US Army service, and construction and configuration notes with reference to the appropriate Werner’s Wings resin detail/conversion sets.
The choices in schemes are also really great.  There are, of course, an incredible range of paint schemes and historic Hueys to choose from, and this sheet captures a nice cross-section that.  These include the Air America UH-1D that scored a very unusual air-to-air kill against an AN-2 on 12 Jan 1968, a UH-1H that supported Agent Orange spraying operations, MEDIVAC birds, VNAF Hueys that participated in Operation FREQUENT WIND, Hueys bearing CARC and MERC colors, and a Multi National Force and Observers UH-1H from the early 1990s.  I also really like the OPFOR UH-1H from Hohenfels, Germany, painted to mimic Russian hardware.  Overall, it is GREAT set of marking choices.

Only one drawback – there was no room for airframe stencils in this set, but that problem is easily remedied.  Werner’s Wings produces a full set of UH-1D/H stencils (and see our review HERE).

I also have one technical observation on the decals themselves:  a few of the reds are out-of-register.  You can see this in Option 11 (UH-1H 66-16488, 187th AHC, 1965) which features a red-on-white bullesye insignia on the tail and tops of the tailplanes.  The red circle at the center is just ever so slightly out-of-register.  Similarly, you can see the same issue with the red and white stripes on the tailplanes in Option 1, too. The red border on the VNAF national insignias is also a little out of whack, as the borders are all visibly thicker on their right side.

Overall, this is a great sheet with tons of awesome markings options for your UH-1D/H kit.  Enjoy this one, folks! 

Many thanks to Floyd Werner of Werner’s Wings for the review sample.  You can find them on the web at http://www.wernerswings.com. Their email is info@wernerswings.com and on Facebook, you can follow them at https://www.facebook.com/Werners-Wings.

Also – if you choose get this decal sheet, please let Floyd know you saw it here on Detail & Scale!!

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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