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1:72 AH-1G Vietnam Cobra "Dr. Oldsmobile" WIP

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  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
1:72 AH-1G Vietnam Cobra "Dr. Oldsmobile" WIP
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, February 26, 2022 5:34 PM

Hello!

Here's another WIP, and another Cobra!

Do you remember this one?:

1:72 Hasegawa AH-1S by Pawel

Ever wondered how it did look like in Vietnam? I did, and I came up with this photo:

AH-1G Dr. Oldsmobile

And one more:

AH-1G Dr. Oldsmobile

The first photo shows it in the outfit ot D/227th, the second photo E/1/9 Cav, and this was not a transfer, but a reorganization (the unit got renamed).

The chopper itself is equipped with an M197 minigun under the left wing as indicated by the 20mm ammo containers above the skids, and XM158 rocket launchers.

If you have any more photos or infos on this particular chopper, please help me and post them in this thread.

And as WIP needs actual work, let me post this photo here:

1:72 Special Hobby AH-1G Cobra by Pawel

Thanks for reading and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, February 27, 2022 10:37 AM

Too cool. I'm a huge Olds 442 fan. Going to enjoy watching you assemble this one. does anyone make decals or will you have to print your own?

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, February 27, 2022 12:23 PM

Hello!

Thanks a lot for your comment! The plan is to have custom decals printed. I already have most of them drawn up in CorelDRAW!, including Dr. Oldsmobile himself. Do you want me to print an extra copy for you?

Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, February 27, 2022 12:58 PM

Pawel

Hello!

Thanks a lot for your comment! The plan is to have custom decals printed. I already have most of them drawn up in CorelDRAW!, including Dr. Oldsmobile himself. Do you want me to print an extra copy for you?

Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

 

 

OH Hell yeah! iv gotten into helo's since doing the Viper and this would be an excellent build. 

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, March 19, 2022 9:59 AM

Mongoose - thanks a lot for your comment! Sorry for replying so late...

This build somehow goes very slow... Here are some pictures of the work I've done so far in the rear cockpit:

1:72 Special Hobby AH-1G Cobra by Pawel

1:72 Special Hobby AH-1G Cobra by Pawel

1:72 Special Hobby AH-1G Cobra by Pawel

1:72 Special Hobby AH-1G Cobra by Pawel

Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, April 7, 2022 8:11 PM

Awesome. My favorite element is the quilted looking back plate!

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, April 22, 2022 7:00 PM

TheMongoose - thanks a lot! I think it shows that I had my fun shading it...

And in the meantime the cockpit is done:

1:72 Special Hobby AH-1G Cobra by Pawel

1:72 Special Hobby AH-1G Cobra by Pawel

I wanted to go on and close up the hull, but one thing got me thinking - yeah, better late than never! The SpecialHobby cobra is quite a nice kit, but the way they handled the main rotor mast just doesn't seem right to me:

1:72 Special Hobby AH-1G Cobra Instructions

That's right - they have you just glue the mast in the hole! I just can't accept that. I think I will try to scratch something in the style of the Hasegawa Cobra I did before, so that there's a meaningful hole there and so I have the rotor rotating or maybe even removable - I like this option for many reasons, one of them being it helps to protect the rotor from breaking when something touches it.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day!

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by lurch on Friday, April 22, 2022 7:21 PM

The cockpit looks great. Job well done.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, April 23, 2022 11:58 AM

I totally agree on the rotor! Definitely a smart idea. You don't want to do allthis great work and then catch the blade on something and have it snap off. 

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, April 24, 2022 4:50 PM

Looking good.  I also agree on redoing the rotor.  I always leave them removable so they can be removed to transport to shows or just move them around safely.

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, May 6, 2022 4:32 AM

Hello!

Thanks a lot for your comments.

I'm working on the main transmission and here's what I got so far:

1:72 AH-1G Cobra transmission by Pawel

Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, May 7, 2022 2:48 PM

Unless you are going to open up the side panels to show the transmission, none of that will be seen.  On AH-1Gs, at the base of the rotor shaft, just above the swash plate, there is a circular anti-dust shield that completely covers the opening below it.  I would just cut a square of thick plastic or resin and put it in the fuselage, drill a hole in it and add a lower shaft to the kit part.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, May 7, 2022 7:45 PM

Hello Gino!

I know about that dust shield, it's just that many photos show it being gone, and even the reference I have, when you look at it, the opening is definitely there:

AH-1G Dr. Oldsmobile

Plus I would like to have a transmission to put in other models, like a Huey, and for other people wishing to detail up a Cobra - that's why I decided to put some work in.

Thanks a lot for your comment and have a nice day!

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 7:06 PM

Hello!

I got the transmission ready for 3D print:

1:72 AH-1G Cobra transmission by Pawel

https://www.shapeways.com/product/UHVYQVYX5/1-72-main-transmission-for-the-ah-1g-cobra-2x

I have designed the parts so that a 2mm metal axle can be used for the actual rotor mast to make it durable and to reduce the risk of a resin part "fading" on a hot day.

Now I have to wait about two weeks until the parts are printed and shipped to me.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, June 5, 2022 6:22 PM

Hello!

The transmissions just got here from printing at Shapeways. I have primed them and painted the sprue (to be cut away) red:

1:72 AH-1G Cobra transmission by Pawel

1:72 AH-1G Cobra transmission by Pawel

1:72 AH-1G Cobra transmission by Pawel

1:72 AH-1G Cobra transmission by Pawel

1:72 AH-1G Cobra transmission by Pawel

I cut out the rotor part, fitted some 2mm brass tube for the shaft and put the rotor together:

1:72 AH-1G Cobra transmission by Pawel

Then I have built a "symbolic" internal structure for my Cobra and did some dry fitting:

1:72 AH-1G Cobra transmission by Pawel

1:72 AH-1G Cobra transmission by Pawel

Now I have a nice rotating, removable rotor!

Thanks for looking and have a nice day!

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, June 6, 2022 6:04 AM

Oh boy did that solution come out nice!

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, June 6, 2022 9:36 AM

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, June 9, 2022 11:15 AM

Hi Pawel!

          You did it again. That Office took my breath away! It is Awesome as usual from you!. The rest of this is going to be that way too. Thanks for such great work. It brightens my day!

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