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
Frank(trying to remember my childhood, but it's getting harder every
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.
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
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
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
Modern US armor at
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?
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
Hope this sheds some light on a little-known and long forgotten kit.