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|Sort||Plastic kit with resin parts|
|Plastic parts||+ 150|
|Decals||US Marines and US Navy|
|Historical period||70's till today|
|Attention||Do not include paint or glue ( sold separately )|
|Content||Plastic parts | Resin parts |Decals | Instructions|
The Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter is a single engine with a single blade, specializing in ground attack manufactured by Bell Helicopter. This model shares a common engine, transmission and rotor system with the older UH-1 Iroquois. The HA-1 is also referred to as the HueyCobra or Cobra. The AH-1 was the backbone of the fleet of US Army attack helicopters, but was replaced by the AH-64 Apache. Updated versions continue to fly with several other countries. The AH-1 version with two engines remain in service with the USMC (Marines Americans) as the main helicopter service attack. Lately some surplus AH-1 helicopters were converted to fight forest fires.
This 1/72 plastic model, from Special Hobby, represents the Bell AH-1G Cobra, with decals for the US Marines and US Navy.
The kit contains five sprues with grey plastic parts that feature finely engraved panel lines, injected clear parts with canopy divided into five parts (thanks to this fact the Cobra can be built with opened or closed canopy) and landing lights; the plastic parts are identical to the SH72274 and SH72278 kits. Moreover, for one of the US Navy machines the kit contains an extra part for the flight data sensor and a resin turret mock up. The instruction sheet is full color in the recent MPM Production standards. The decals included offer markings for 4 machines; two US Marines and two that belonged to the US Navy (one of them was an ex-Marines machine). The US Marines machines feature characteristic Field Green camouflage with black tail rotor boom according to the specifications. The US Navy machine is all black except for the landing skids. The decals offer not only complete markings but also full set of stencils (completely different from the Army stencils). Camouflage “A” machine served with HMA-367 Scarface unit in Vietnam. Except for the fact it sports a snake head (typical for this unit), interesting history is also connected with this machine. In bad weather that prevented a flight of H-46 medevac helicopter on December 28, 1969 the crew of Cpt Roger Henry and Lt Dave Cummings rescued severely wounded Marine soldier from a peak of the Que Son Mountains. Without their help the soldier would have surely died. The remaining three machines served in the continental USA and unlike the Vietnam based machine all of them feature the late version of the tail rotor.
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