UH-1 HUEY “HOG”— Item no. CS-01008; $296

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“Hog” is the nick­name given to Hueys that were out­fit­ted as gun­ships—often to pro­vide fire sup­port to troop­trans­port he­lis. A wide va­ri­ety of armament sys­tems were in­stalled on Hueys through­out their ser­vice life, but this model rep­re­sents one of the heav­ier fire­power con­fig­u­ra­tions—com­bin­ing twin M134 ro­tat­ing multi­bar­rel ma­chine guns (com­monly re­ferred to as “mini­guns”) with a pair of seven 2.75­inch rocket pods. The mini­guns, ca­pa­ble of ex­tremely high rates of fire (up to 6,000 rounds per minute!), of­fered ex­cel­lent fire sup­port, while the rock­ets could be out­fit­ted with an­tiper­son­nel or an­tive­hi­cle war­heads de­pend­ing on the mis­sion. Most often Huey gun­ships were the short­cabin UH­1B/ UH­1C mod­els, but some­times the weapons pods were in­stalled on long­cabin UH­1Hs, like this one from the 170th As­sault He­li­copter Com­pany (AHC). That unit flew 20 Slicks ac­com­pa­nied by eight Hogs; the Armed He­li­copter pla­toon (nick­named the “Buc­ca­neers”) flew the gun­ships, and this one—AHC BUC­4— car­ries nose art call­ing it “The Vig­i­lante.” Like the Air Cav Slick, the col­ors and tex­tures are beau­ti­ful, and the de­tail on the weapons sys­tems is fas­ci­nat­ing. We par­tic­u­larly like the ammo feed mech­a­nism on the mini­guns.

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