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Hello to all! 

After 11 months of work I can finally declared ended my last project: an israeli AH-1 Cobra (Tzefa).

This is the old Revell/Monogram kit dated 1986 with a lot of scratchbuilt details. Some parts are made by 3D printing, others are home made turned brass (like the cannon's drum, the M-197 barrels are from Master). I also used the Isradecal conversion and decal set.

The viper on both side of the model is painted, like  the stars of David. The positive rivets come from the Archer transfer sets, the disco ball IR jammer from Fireball Modelworks.

Painted with Tamiya, Gunze and AK Real color, washing made by oil colors.


Hope you'll enjoy. Cheers from Rome!



51019170841_41f1af3bab_c.jpgTzefa_end-1 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019265317_4c5f59ce06_c.jpgTzefa_end-2 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018441458_887959ef9b_c.jpgTzefa_end-3 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018440543_17f798ba82_c.jpgTzefa_end-4 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018441428_c5b51cd873_c.jpgTzefa_end-5 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018441393_f6225c2540_c.jpgTzefa_end-6 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170641_27103ab71e_c.jpgTzefa_end-7 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018441268_db7e5c5a7d_c.jpgTzefa_end-8 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170531_edce6358a0_c.jpgTzefa_end-9 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018441178_f3395fb1e0_c.jpgTzefa_end-10 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170456_334a39fbc1_c.jpgTzefa_end-11 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170431_bdfbc33950_c.jpgTzefa_end-12 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018441108_992d51c40c_c.jpgTzefa_end-13 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018441063_884a4f783e_c.jpgTzefa_end-14 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170311_03871be420_c.jpgTzefa_end-15 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170261_df89ff0e7d_c.jpgTzefa_end-16 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170236_a8b4b975c8_c.jpgTzefa_end-17 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019264377_9ec1819a9b_c.jpgTzefa_end-18 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170206_e838c65752_c.jpgTzefa_end-19 by Valerio, su Flickr



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 What can I say, what should I say? It is unbelievable! You made a winner model of it. I think it was it worth for sure.👍👍👍👍👍

thx for sharing!

cheers Andy 

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Thank you all for the appreciations! 😀



On 3/9/2021 at 5:57 PM, albymoore said:

That is gorgeous Israeli Cobra. 😱 Nicely done!




Thank you Albert! I've seen many time your Tzefa, searching for infos and food for thought. ;)


Some others pics of the finished model. Thanks all again!


51019170191_29961f5fdc_c.jpgTzefa_end-20 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170176_9e0dafe0f4_c.jpgTzefa_end-21 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019264732_b45b8abfe4_c.jpgTzefa_end-22 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018440823_53050c708a_c.jpgTzefa_end-23 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019264657_ee6b507e43_c.jpgTzefa_end-24 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018440708_7af1012eee_c.jpgTzefa_end-25 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170051_fb4f5f51fa_c.jpgTzefa_end-26 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019170011_1993146e30_c.jpgTzefa_end-27 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019264507_77c6d7a30a_c.jpgTzefa_end-28 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019264467_1233ccb694_c.jpgTzefa_end-29 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019264427_e706f27131_c.jpgTzefa_end-30 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019169926_fff7db9ba7_c.jpgTzefa_end-31 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019264352_fa147c8f6c_c.jpgTzefa_end-32 by Valerio, su Flickr


51019471112_198f72ca52_c.jpgTzefa_end-33 by Valerio, su Flickr


51018645953_617ae24386_c.jpgTzefa_end-34 by Valerio, su Flickr



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Such a fantastic build and presentation!

Really inspiring work!



I am unfortunately no Tsefa specialist (yet ;) ) so not fully sure what was scratchbuild and which upgrade it represents, they evolved a lot over time after all!


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Wow! Just wow. This is beautiful. You rescribed this no? What did you do to change the exhaust suppressor? Definitely keeping this one svaed for reference on my future Cobra builds. Just amazing work.

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8 hours ago, whiskey said:

Wow! Just wow.

 Thank you. ;)


8 hours ago, whiskey said:

You rescribed this no?


Yes, it is completely rescribed. 


8 hours ago, whiskey said:

What did you do to change the exhaust suppressor?


The exhaust is a "multimedia" home made set. The suppressor and part of the exhaust housing on fuselage are 3D printed, the cover is a piece of turned brass round. 


49894022112_8906e08de1_b.jpgCobra_3D_3 by Valerio, su Flickr


49893196533_e192ed11eb_b.jpgCobra_3D_2 by Valerio, su Flickr


50092893918_184159b29b_b.jpgCobra_85 by Valerio, su Flickr

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Holy smokes! I was not expecting that! That is truly a work of art. Do you have more in-progress photos? Diligently taking notes over here as I have at least 3 ‘Tzefas’ on my build list. Lastly, any chance of sharing the suppressor for other Cobra modelers? 😎

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20 minutes ago, whiskey said:

Do you have more in-progress photos?


You can find all the WIP here (sorry, only in italian language but you can use Google Translator): CLICK HERE.


20 minutes ago, whiskey said:

any chance of sharing the suppressor for other Cobra modelers?


I could have something interesting for you... text me in PM. ;)

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That's a nice build. That kit stacks up pretty well still, if you want to take the time to add some detail. I butchered one into an AH-1P a couple of years ago.

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