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Fujimi 1/48 Army AH-1G (Kitbash)

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Fujimi 1/48 Army AH-1G (Kitbash)
Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:22 PM

Hey whirlybirds, here's a project I submitted as a "crossover" for the CAS and VTOL, STOL, STOVL GBs. Since some of us don't always get a chance to visit the GB forum, I figured I'd share some photos here too.

This is a kitbash using Fujimi's -1S and -1J boxings. This is the second time I've attempted this. The first time represented a USMC AH-1G. I used a set of TD resin gun pods and Fireball Modelworks' PE rocket pods. This was my first time using a PE set. I know they're not perfect, but I think they look OK for my first attempt. (I learned a lot!) Scratched parts include the pitot and stinger o replace the lost and broken (respectively) kit pieces, some ECS hoses in the cockpit, and the chin turret. The turret was made using some card and tube to represent the backing and grenade launcher. The minigun is from the spares box. A piece of brass tube replaced the kit's terrible exhaust. The intake screens are thin strips of Tamiya tape laid over some random PE screen. Markings are cobbled together from random sheets I have laying around. Paints are MM and Testors enamels. Weathered with pastels and Flory washes. 

I know it's not perfect, but I think it's another solid 3-footer for my collection. Comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome. Thanks for looking. 

Cheers!

-O

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:11 PM

Very nice.  It looks very good.  Good job w/the kit-bashing.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:30 PM

Beautiful. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:33 PM

Oh very nicely done! Somebody really needs to do a proper G Cobra in 1/48 so this approach is no longer the only way to build one.

 

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 5:09 PM

Hello O!

That's a sharp lookin' snake you got there! You pulled off a pretty seamless kitbash. One minor point - the tail rotor somehow doesn't look right and it's gearbox housing is definitely "marine". Sure would be easier with a kit of a -G - but somehow the Vietnam subjects aren't fashionable anymore :-(

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 7:24 PM

One minor point - the tail rotor somehow doesn't look right and it's gearbox housing is definitely "marine". 

Maybe not.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:10 PM

Early Cobras had the tail rotor on the left side of the tail. At some point they swapped it over to the right side.

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:16 AM

stikpusher

Early Cobras had the tail rotor on the left side of the tail. At some point they swapped it over to the right side.

Correct.  I was using the picture to illustrate the size of the 90 degree tailrotor gearbox housing though.  To me it looks similar to what is on the kit.  The tailrotor itself does look a bit too wide and chunky though.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:47 PM

Hey everyone, thanks for looking and the kinds words. It's all very appreciated.

I agree that the gearbox looks OK, but the tail rotor doesn't. I'm no expert, but the tail rotor on the 1:1 Cobra looks "leaner." A bit thinner and maybe longer, although the length might just be an optical illusion. I have some extra tail rotors from the conversions, but it looks like Fujimi included the same tail rotor in all their Cobra boxings. I'm a 3-foot modeler from the If-It-Looks-Like-A-(Insert-Airframe-Here)-Then-It's-A(n)-(Insert-Airframe-Here) school so I'm OK with the tail rotor.

Again, thanks for looking. Feel free to continue sharing your thoughts. 

Cheers!

-O

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Posted by Pawel on Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:21 PM

Hello Gentlemen!

I hope it is understood that I don't want to play down O's excellent work on this Cobra in any way... I still have the feeling there's something wrong with that housing. Of course when I tried to google images of the real thing it turns out that's not such an easy task, you mostly get shots of newer machines. But I have found this picture on youtube to convey my point:

Vietnam-era movie footage

I think the image Gino posted shows a restored machine using a newer type tail - it's kinda "kitbashed" too.

It still impresses me how hard to find on the net are some Vietnam-era references.

Thanks for reading and have a nice day

Paweł

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Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:27 PM

You know what, Pawel is correct. I went back and looked more closely at my references. At first I thought it was because it was a Right vs Left tail rotor. As it turns out, the gearbox on my "G" is inaccurately shaped. This "teardrop" gearbox looks to have become standard on the Army's S and later and USMC J models.

The early and late Gs looks to have had the same cover but, after the switch, on opposite sides. It differs from the one described above. 

Here are a couple of pictures to show, more clearly I hope, Pawel's point.

Early L-side rotor:

Late(r) R-side rotor:

Good catch Pawel!

-O

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Posted by Pawel on Friday, February 26, 2021 3:41 AM

Hello O!

It's because I'm preparing to start a 1/72 Vietnam Cobra build - and so I have all those books and pictures before my eyes, so to say.

Thanks a lot for the pictures you posted - they will help me with my preparations.

So what's next, O? Whatever it is, good luck with it and have a nice day!

Paweł

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, February 26, 2021 10:54 AM

Rotor issue aside, that's one sharp looking bird right there. 

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Posted by Back to the bench on Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:49 PM

oortiz10

 

I know it's not perfect, but I think it's another solid 3-footer for my collection. Comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome. Thanks for looking. 

Cheers!

-O

 

 

Looks way better than a 3 footer to me. Very nicely done and very well photographed!

I just saw that ICM is releasing a 1:32 scale version of the 1G

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Posted by Silver on Saturday, May 22, 2021 12:21 PM

Great work on such an old kit.ICM has rolled out a 1/32 scale AH-1G which looks great against the old Revell kit.But:It looks like it has the wrong engine.Anyway , I,ll give it a try.your model looks realistic and great.Thanks for the pick's.

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