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

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  • Member since
    January 2010
Posted by Stazie190 on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 1:54 AM

Hi Pawel,

I tried to take a lot of pictures of my Cobras when I was in the Army and so I wouldn't forget the tail numbers and use for model building references in the future, but I can't find or remember what the last digit of my AH-1S(Mod) serial number was. I think it was 15293, or 15294. We had 6 AH-1S(Mod) Cobras in C Company 228th AHB and we looked at the maintenace records from birth once and two of them came off the assembly line back to back as G models, served in Vietnam, were shot down same week so they were like twins that followed each other around the world and ended back up in Texas re-built as S(Mod)s. One of the twins was deemed mine, but we worked on all 6 in our company.

I do know the AH-1P I crewed was 0-22697. A picture of it is in Mike Verier's book Cobra the attack helicopter, page 51, bottom picture. I have some really good pictures of it while we did maintenance on it in the desert.

Funny you mention the interior canopy yellow lines, I've skipped these on all my previous models because its such a pain in the rear to paint and was going to try cutting thin strips of left over yellow decals and give that a try. I'd like to make some custom decals for this and the canopy jettison molding on the interior canopy on the S(Mod), P, E and F versions.

I to am finishing up the interiors on Special Hobby's 1/72 S(Mod) and 1/48 G model. I like to work on a couple kits at once. I figure if I'm building one kit, might as well build two and save painting sessions in the spray booth. :)

If you build another cobra after a G model and want to put the canopy jettion system in and the Helmet Sight System (HSS) in, I can share the manual drawings for these of what it looks like. My last kit I scratch built both pilot and co-pilot's HSS rails. Every kit leaves these out. Eduards 1/48 PE for the G model has the HSS XM128 box in their kit though and used thin chrome wire for the HSS rails. 

Looks like I'll have to set up a Photo Bucket account and start positing pictures. What do you use posting pictures in the forum?

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, November 3, 2022 5:06 PM

Hello Tom!

Thanks for the serial numbers, I'll try to look 'em up browsing Vietnam photos, like I wrote I find it fascinating how those snakes changed over all the years.

Cutting strips of decal is my go-to method for working inside the canopy (and not only for that), but my take on it is I take leftover clear decal film and paint a portion of it the colour I need, then I cut thin strips (or other shapes) and apply them where needed.

I also work on two or three kits at a time - sometimes it's the same type (like I did building my Loaches), most of the time something completely different to be able to take a break from one model to another.

Detail pictures or drawing s are always welcome, at least in my threads - but the G cobra used the pantograph sight, right?

What do I use for posting pictures? As it happens I'm renting a server that I use for hosting my web page, and I also use to store my pictures where I can link to. Please check out that web page: www.vietnam.net.pl - go to "Exhibits" to see my Vietnam era models.

Looking forward to seeing the pictures of your models - Have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 5:45 PM

Hello!

As usual with me it took a long time, but I have finally outfitted the insides of the canopy. I made the framing with a clear decal that was painted first, then cut to stripes of the right width - the gray ones are about 1,5mm wide, the yellow ones are about 0,7mm wide. I have also added the door handles with 0,5mm wire put through holes drilled in the canopy. I have also added some details from the MPM PE sheet - those were glued with white glue. Amont them are the canopy release handles Tom mentioned - those are extremely tiny, hard to see even in those brutal close-ups. I think it's time for the photos now:

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

I think it's about time to close the cabin up - thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 8:25 AM

Nice job on the canopy.  It looks great.

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  • Member since
    January 2010
Posted by Stazie190 on Friday, November 25, 2022 1:25 AM

Hi Pawel,

Looks pretty good. Now I wished I put put yellow strips on my interior canopy myself but I already scratch built and installed the helmet sight system (HSS) rails and cables on the interior side of the top canopy. The AH-1S(Mod) had a black interior so the yellow border would have really popped against the black interior. I'm doing canopy doors open to to match my 1/48 scale kit I just finished. I think I'll do the yellow strips on my 1/48 AH-1G though , I'm almost done with the cockpit and canopy pieces are primed and interior painted already so I probably get to that this weekend.

The vaccum form canopy looks good to. I've always wished kit manufactures would just inject the frame and make thin vaccum formed clear pieces instead of injecting one big thick piece, but thats wishful thinking, unless I made my own kits. :)

Oh, I was going to tell you, I confirmed what the serial number was of my AH-1S(Mod) cobra was. I was looking at some of my Army pictures for interior references for color and wear patterns and I had my magnifying headset on and low and behold the radio call sign placard was visable in a shadow on the instument panel on the left side. It was serial number 15641, built in 1967 and I searched google and found out was in the 7/17 calvary, C Troop, 1st Calvary division. Sure enough the two brothers I told you about S/N 15642 was also in the 7/17 Cav C Troop in Vietnam. I also googled another serial number 68-15139 I took at Fort Eustis Virgina training and it's one of the famous Cobras "Squatter Swatter", apparently there were two named that. Microscale makes decals for it but I can't find them on e-bay so I might just make them.

Sorry to chatter on, I was going to ask you about your vaccum form canopy and how you made it?

I also looked at the US Army Painting and Marking manual TM 55-1500-345-23 for the interior yellow strips on both doors for the AH-1 and the spec says they are 0.5 inches wide and the color is FS33538. It looks like a standard insignia yellow for color.

1/72 Scale= (0.007 inches/0.176 mm) wide.

1/48 Scale = (0.010 inches/0.026 mm) wide.

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

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