AH-1G Huey Cobra
Fireball Modelworks, 1/32 scale
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||Fireball Modelworks FM32-001-AH-1G
Huey Cobra Anti-Strella Kit and Tailfin
|Contents and Media:
||Seven part in white resin
plus shipping and handling
||Interesting variant; bubble-free
casting; relatively simple conversion
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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What is the sexiest aircraft ever designed? There
are many answers to that but one that is often overlooked is the AH-1
Cobra attack helicopter.
I may be biased a bit as I flew three Army versions
of the Cobra in my time. Granted the Marines have been able to add ugly
bulk to it, but the basic Vietnam-era design is sleek, powerful, and
deadly. Thirty-six inches wide at the cockpit the Cobra is as deadly as
the re-release of the Revell AH-1G the venerable kit is again readily
available. The one big drawback of this kit is that the kit as molded
only allows you to do the earliest versions of the AH-1G. It was proven
that by moving the tail rotor to the right side of the tail boom that
the tail rotor was more effective. This modification was on all later
Vietnam-era Cobras and beyond.
Until now you have had to scratchbuild this tail,
which was beyond most modelers, but thanks to Fireball you can now have
a late Vietnam Cobra with minimal work. My example was bubble free and
absolutely gorgeous. You get seven pieces of resin to replicate the
toilet bowl (Anti-Strella) exhaust, the regular exhaust pipe, the
intakes on the engine panel, and the tail fin.
The whole set is cast in a white resin that is
superbly detailed and designed to fit on existing kit panel lines. The
detail on the tail is exquisite. The tail even includes the stiffening
rivets found on the real thing.
The instructions are on an 8x10 piece of paper that
is adequate for the job. The instructions offer hints and tips to mate
the set to the kit.
As a Cobra driver, I have to say that this set is
greatly overdue. Fireball has produced a wonderful conversion set and
now an example of a later Vietnam-era Cobra can be built by anyone with
a little experience. Letís hope that this is just the beginning of a
flurry of Cobra items for the Revell kit.
I highly recommend this set without reservations
and not just for the helicopter modelers. If you havenít seen this kit
it is very nice and with this set it will be even nicer.
Thanks to Fireball Modelworks for the
Conversions are available by visiting
or by calling (+1) 256-538-8200 or by emailing Joseph Osborn at
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