Bell AH-1S Cobra Chopper US Army 1/72 Hasegawa

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The AH-1S Cobra is an army-use ground support helicopter developed from the UH-1 Iroquois during the Vietnam War to defend CH-47 Chinooks. Modifications from the Iroquois include the nose being reduced by 1/3 and tandem seating. Stabilizer wings were added to both sides to improve high speed stability and a place to mount external ordnance. In addition, the main rotor was changed to the ‘door hinge’ type, providing better speed and performance. The main weapon is linked to the gunner’s helmet, allowing for extremely high accuracy attacks. The entire cockpit area is shielded with armor plating to protect against light weapons fire typical on the low-speed, low-altitude type missions that the Cobra frequently faces. It is primarily in use with the US Army and Marine Corps, though in different variants, with the AH-1S being the most recent type employed by the Army. This version is powered by a Lycoming T53-L-703 turbojet engine and the transmission has been upgraded to handle the additional power it provides. This also allows for higher payloads, with this version carrying up to eight tow missiles, 38 rockets and a 20mm 3-barrel chain gun in the nose with 760 rounds.

Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s suggested colors.


Product Details

Scale: 1/72
Skill Level: 2

Parts: 76
Length: 7.5”

Rotor Diameter: 7.4”
- Painting and assembly required
- 9 sprues
- Molded in dark grey plastic
- One decal sheet
- Poly caps
- Clear parts
- 20mm 3-barrel machine cannon
- Two TOW missile systems and two rocket launchers
- TSU (Telescopic Sight Unit), IR jammer and infrared IR suppressor
- Includes gunner and pilot figures
- Illustrated instructions and paint guide


Paint Guide:

7th Cavalry, US Army
Olive Drab 1
Olive Drab 2
Flat Black
Sandy Yellow
Clear Red
Clear Blue
Khaki Green
Orange Yellow
Burnt Iron