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Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products below).
The Huey helicopter is an easy Metal Earth model. It consists of 13 pieces on one sheet of metal. The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, as it's formally known, first flew in 1956 and gained its fame in the Vietnam War.
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
Are you curious...?
Bell's H-1 family of aircraft has been produced in scores of both civilian and military configurations since 1956. The UH-1 (originally HU-1, whence the name "Huey") was the granddaddy of them all. About 7,000 Hueys saw duty in the Vietnam War and 16,000 have been produced worldwide, making it one of the most familiar aircraft ever. Initially developed for medical evacuation, Hueys were adapted for general air support, air assault, cargo transport, electronic warfare, search & rescue, and even ground attack. Bell still produces Hueys for the US Marine Corps in the latest UH-1Y Venom variant.