Does anyone remember this helicopter kit...

I built this kit when I was a kit, around 1976, I seem to remember it
was a Huey, about 1/35th scale, it had led's for running lights, and
had a motor and gear unit. I thought it has coast guard decals with
it, but I'm not sure. does anyone remember this kit, and who made
it???
Frank(trying to remember my childhood, but it's getting harder every
day:)
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Frank Burke
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It was probably Monogram's "Visible" Huey. I believe it came with clear fuselage parts so you could see the innards. It sat on a base that held the batteries.
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Gary Kato
No, I think Revell re-issued their 1/32 UH-1D as some kind of police rescue helicopter with motor, lights, and bright markings. I don't think the markings were real, just colorful.
Frank
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ROTORFRANK
It was a Revell kit that included a motorized rotor, lights, and' as I recall, electronic sound effects. The kit was "loosely" based on Revell's previously released 1/32 scale UH-1D Huey (UH-1H actually) and I seem to remember that it was a snap together kit.
Around the same time (late 1970s) Revell also produced a similar kit of a police Hughes 500 helicopter with lights, motors, etc and a Goodyear blimp with a lighted, rotating sign.
Martin
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Martin
IIRC the visible Huey was 1/24 or 1/25 scale with flight crew, sliding doors and working rotors via an electric motor in the base. Rather flimsy landing skids though.
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Kitt
This sounds like it, it was definitely not clear, and didn't have a base, wish I could find one:) I also remember making the goodyear blimp.
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Frank Burke
That's right, they did the same thing with the OH-6/Hughes 500 and the light-up blimp was out at the same time.
Okay, without digging out my 1/32 UH-1D to check the tail rotor, what made it an H?
Frank
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ROTORFRANK
I have this kit. It was molded in blue and came with peel-n-stick decals. I painted mine OD green and used the Miss Clawd IV decals from another Revell OH-6 kit.
I do recall the UH-1, wasn't it white? I think the other kit from this series was a CHiPs-type motorcycle and was on a base. The lights and sirens were battery powered. Rob Gronovius Modern US armor at
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Rob Gronovius
Frank - have a look here - good site for rotorheads...
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Basically, it was just an engine upgrade - 1100shp to 1400shp.
RobG (the Aussie one)
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Rob Grinberg
It was Revell's USCG Huey. I built one back about '81. A now favorite ex-girlfriend gave it to me for Xmas. It was snap-together, molded in white little detail, had rubber tips for the rotor & decals were peel & stick "stickers". It had lights & a motor for the rotor (Hey, that rhymes! A poet & didn't know it! :) ) I think you slid the tailskid in & out for the 'on' & 'off' switch. Don't recall any sound tho. I do have a USAF Rescue Huey in the stash from the same molding, IIRC. In addition to the others mentioned, they had a P-51 & P-40 with lights & sound, IIRC. There was the USCG Huey on eBay not long ago, went for over $50 I think. I also remember seeing on eBay an older Revell/Germany 1/32 F-15 with lights & sound. Think it went for around $100. Supposedly 'rare', but isn't everything on eBay?
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famvburg
OK, let's settle this thing once and for all ;^)
I dug this kit out from the boxes in my basement and here's the scoop.
Revell H-801 1978 Coast Guard Rescue Chopper LIGHTS! ACTION! SOUND! Electronic Action Kits
This kit is a Coast Guard UH-1(H?) s/n (b/n?) 61036, molded in white with day-glow orange stripes. All markings are waterslide decals except for two day-glow orange main rotor tip stripes which are stickers. These stickers hold glow-in-the-dark, soft plastic tips onto the main rotor for (presumed) safety reasons. This is a glue kit, with some snap-together parts, that is a simplified version of Revell's previously released 1/32 UH-1D (actually a UH-1H) Huey. By simplified, I mean all doors are now an integral part of the fuselage instead of being separate and such. The kit includes a motorized main rotor, which as near as I can tell, also produces the advertised engine whine sound through gearing connecting the electric motor and the rotor drive shaft. There is a green light for a "radar" scope in the instrument panel, a cabin light in the overhead instrument panel, a single light in the engine exhaust which also shines through a beacon light on top of the aft engine housing, and a red LED light in the trailing edge of the lower tail. The cabin lights dimmed as the motor speed was increased causing the engine exhaust light to glow brighter. The whole operation was set into motion by turning the tail skid. This tail skid operated a variable resistor so the rotor speed could be varied. The kit box lists the feature "As the motor revs, chopper rocks" apparently taking advantage of the natural imbalance of the whole assembled model. Two "C" batteries powered the whole thing.
I don't recall what this kit originally sold for but I know I got mine for a heavily discounted price when it went out of production around 1980.
Hope this sheds some light on a little-known and long forgotten kit.
Martin
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Martin
Oh, thanks very much! I knew I wasn't crazy, and it was a coast guard heli! I'd love to find one, haven't ever seen one on ebay...
Frank
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Frank Burke

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