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russ c

Bell AH-1J Seacobra, HMA-369, `Pistol Pete`

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Hi Everyone,

 Just managed to finish the first of my haul from Telford last November

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Fujimi`s 1/48 AH-1J Seacobra

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Finished in the markings of US Marines HMA-369, nicknamed `The Pistol Pete`s` during the Vietnam War and later `The Gunfighters`

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Had a pleasant surprise when I looked in the box as the kit was miles ahead of their AH-1G kit that I built some years ago.....

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...but not so good when I started to build it as I discovered the kit had no nose ! ( no jokes about ` how does it smell ?` please )🙂

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So had to scratch build one from plastic sheet and car body filler, I also extended the intake walls backwards a bit as the kit ones ended at the mouth of the intake

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Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking

Cheers Russ

 

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Very nice indeed Russ, a worthy addition to your Vietnam collection.

A fancy doing one of the ones used in the ship-borne attacks on North Vietnam in 1972, but I've only got one kit as they are hard to find and I want to build it as an Iranian aircraft.

Very well done mate.

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That's a real beauty Russ! Very well done. :worthy:

Kind regards, 

Stix

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Very nice work there, especially given the need for a nose-job!  Well done

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Sweet build of a fairly basic kit Russ. Helicopters always seem to be the poor relations in the modelling world but we could do with a more modern tooling of the earlier AH-1 series.

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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Posted (edited)

Now there's one you don't see that often. This is supposed to be a MARHUK Cobra Russ? What did you do to extend the exhausts, I've got like 5 of these stashed up.

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Looks smart Russ, another fine effort.

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16 minutes ago, whiskey said:

Now there's one you don't see that often. This is supposed to be a MARHUK Cobra Russ? What did you do to extend the exhausts, I've got like 5 of these stashed up.

Hi Zack, I don`t really know if the markings are actually from the Vietnam time frame ( they`re the kit ones, I couldn`t find any aftermarket decals ) but it would be a MARHUK if they are, as that`s the mission flown when they were out there, I read. I didn`t extend the exhausts, just the inside wall of the intakes with some thick polystyrene sheet which I then filed to match the rest of the fuselage contours.

Cheers Russ

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Need to load some Zuni's on it for a MARHUK but it's a beautiful snake nonetheless! Understood on the intakes, my mistake for the confusion.

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nice work we really need a good 1/72 kit of this one.

 

regards Glenn

 

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Great early Cobra!

Nice to see a Fujimi one built :)

 

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