Bell AH-1 Cobra US ARMY - Sand Shark - 1/72 Scale Assembled and Painted Plastic Model by Easy Model

$ 29.99

1:72 Scale  Assembled and painted plastic – Bell AH-1 Cobra - US ARMY - Sand Shark  -  Lenght: 8.5" (from tip tail to tip of rotor at the front)  Rotor span: 7.5”

This model is a twin seat model. No pilot/crew figures are included. The cockpit is glued shut. The landing gear is fixed in the extended position.

 

A small plastic plate with the model's scale and other information is included for display.

 This plastic model is mostly assembled and painted. There is some minor assembly required. The propeller blades need to be attached to the main rotor. The attachment does not need glue but the pieces are very small and fragile and patience and a level of dexterity is needed. The fitting of the parts are held in place by friction alone but depending on the particular model, one might need to add a tiny smear of glue to hold pieces in place or on the other hand, sand/scrape some material make pieces fit.

 

The panel lines and cockpit are crisp. The paint scheme and markings are very accurately done. The markings are not decals that would crack or peel off.  The marking seem to be printed onto the surfaces. Moreover the paint scheme is done in a "weathered" style where one can see different shades of darker color along particular panel lines and edges to represent oil stains and/or normal wear 

 

This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.

This model comes in a window box that measures 11 inches by 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches

 

The Bell AH-1 Cobra (company designation: Model 209) is a two-blade, single engine attack helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter. It was developed using the engine, transmission and rotorsystem of the Bell's UH-1 Iroquois. The AH-1 is also referred to as the HueyCobra or Snake.

The AH-1 was the backbone of the United States Army's attack helicopter fleet, but has been replaced by the AH-64 Apache in Army service. Upgraded versions continue to fly with the militaries of several other nations. The AH-1 twin engine versions remain in service with United States Marine Corps (USMC) as the service's primary attack helicopter. Surplus AH-1 helicopters have been converted for fighting forest fires. The United States Forest Service refers to their program as theFirewatch Cobra. Garlick Helicopters also converts surplus AH-1s for forest firefighting under the name FireSnake.