1/72 scale Bell HSL-1 World's first anti-submarine warfare helicopter

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#AA-2043   1/72 scale  Bell XHSL-1  World's first anti-submarine warfare helicopter


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

46 resin parts


Vac-formed canopy & Decal


Rotor dia. 218 mm


Length 169 mm


Unit price: US$58

Shipping charge: US$8.00

Each model kit contents 1 set of canopy and 1 sheet of decal. Extra canopies and decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal


Extra canopy



Aircraft History and Specification

In 1950, the U.S. Navy launched a competition for a new helicopter to be designed specifically for the Anti-Submarine Warfare role as the existing helicopter inventory could not accomplished the ASW mission. Bell proposed its first and only tandem-rotors design, the Model 61, and won the competition. A contract was signed for three prototypes which were designated XHSL-1. First flight was made in 1953. Performance in the air was judged acceptable, so 78 production helicopters were ordered by the U.S. Navy and Britain Fleet Air Arm. In 1955, the first carrier trials were made and it was found the HSL-1 suffered high noise levels that limited the sonar operator's ability to identify contacts. The noise problem led to a production cut, the cancellation of the follow-on order and the Navy ordered the Sikorsky HSS-1 instead. The remaining helicopters were used for mine-sweeping, training or as spares until the end of 1960. None of them were equipped and used operationally for ASW.



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Anti-submarine warfare helicopter

Entry to the Navy's ASW competition





1x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-50 engine

135 mph




Model References

The Bell XHSL-1 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S. Navy helicopter 1946 ~ 1962

McDonnell XHJD-1 (HJH-1) Whirlway

Piasecki HJP-1 (HUP-1/H-25) Retriever

Sikorsky HJS-1

Gyrodyne YHOG-1 (YRON-1)

Hiller YHOE-1 (YH-32) Hornet

Kaman HOK-1 (HH-25)

Sikorsky HO2S-1 (H-5) Hoverfly

Sikorsky HO4S-1 (H-19A) Chickasaw

Sikorsky HO5S-1 (H-18)

Boeing HRB-1 (H-46) Sea Knight

McDonnell XHRH-1

Piasecki HRP-1 (H-21) Flying banana

Sikorsky HRS-1 (H-19A) Chickasaw

Sikorsky HR2S-1 (YH-37) Mojave

Sikorsky XHR3S-1

Bell XHSL-1

Sikorsky HSS-1 (H-34) Sea Bat

Sikorsky HSS-2 (SH-3) Hiss

Bell HTL-1 (TH-13) Sioux

Hiller HTE-1 (H-23) Raven

Kaman HTK-1

Bell HUL-1 (UH-13) Sioux

McCulloch YHUM-1 (YH-30)

Piasecki HUP-1 (H-25) Retriever

Sikorsky HUS-1 (H-34) Sea House

Sikorsky HU2S-1 (H-52) Sea Guard

U.S. Navy Anti-submarine Warfare helicopter

Bell XHSL-1

Sikorsky HSS-1 (H-34) Seabat

Sikorsky HSS-2 (SH-3) Hiss


Post war U.S. experimental aircraft