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Flying Kiwi's Heli GB, Revel 1:32 AH-1 Cobra "Cindy Ann"

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5 years 3 months ago - 5 years 3 months ago #1 by Flying_Kiwi
Its taken a while to start so sorry for being late!

A while ago i read a good book called "Snake Pilot" by Randy Zahn, its an autobiography of Randy's time as a cobra pilot in Vietnam, its pretty honest about a lot of the stuff that went on, and a good read. Almost as good as "Chicken Hawk" by Robert Mason

Anyway after reading the book i wanted to build Randy's Chopper named after his girl friend "Cindy Ann"

There are almost no decal options for a Vietnam era cobra in 1:32 which i thought was odd, i'd almost given up until i'd found Joe at Fireball models www.fireballmodels.info/ (fireball is his cat) he's a cool bloke who knows a lot about cobra's and he makes decal sets and weapon and the tail conversion kit for AH-1G's
He also is the only guy I've found to do Randy's Cobra Cindy Ann

So here is my subject, ""Cindy Ann"" with Randy in the Pilots Pit





And here is the kit a rather old revell kit which surprising dry fits well, a bit of scratch building will bring up the detail nicely, i also purchased Vietnam era rocket pods from Fireball models




Its nice and big!!!! dry fit looks good, pity the canopy is an all in one



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5 years 3 months ago #2 by Xtr3meNZer
Nice! You're right, it is big! Quite a cool subject matter also, going to be awesome seeing this one being built up :) I don't think many others have started the GB yet for this one, I know I will be very very soon

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5 years 3 months ago - 5 years 3 months ago #3 by Powder

Flying_Kiwi wrote: He also is the only guy I've found to do Randy's Cobra Cindy Ann


Good choice. I often read a book and feel compelled to model something related to it.
Is Joe doing the decals at your request? - great service if he is. :cheer:
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5 years 3 months ago #4 by Flying_Kiwi
Hey powder no he's not its a standard set!! I was talking with him via email as i was just getting any old Vietnam era markings, i mentioned "Snake Pilot" and he pointed me to option 3 on Part 1 of his decal set, i was over the moon. he's a big fan of the book too

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5 years 3 months ago #5 by Flying_Kiwi
oh i forgot to say,... the decals are not only superb but as you can see the conformity of the chin gun means a black decal is out of the question.

So he provides 4 sets of masks to paint the black on so you can lay down the teeth .. genius!

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5 years 3 months ago #6 by Daneby
Ive looked at building this kit again one day along with the UH1D and OH-6 which are partly built. I have the decals for the UH1D and OH-6 in Nam from fireball models and am hoping he rereleases the interior set for the UH1D.

anyway
Are you aware that Cobra Company do a resin Cockpit for this kit www.cobracompany.com/32001.htm
Along with werner wings doing a vacform canopy that has the buldging sides which I understand is done by Falcon www.wernerswings.com/product.html

Also do you have access to the book "How to build and modify Resin Model Aircraft Kits by Richard Marmo. It has a chapter on the kit you are building.

I will give Werner wings an email today and see if they have any of the canopys as I am about to order some more decals from him

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5 years 3 months ago #7 by Flying_Kiwi
Hey Daneby, i can't get to the werners model page for the vacform canopy, i get a 404 i'd be keen on that.

Thanks for the tip on the resin pit, its hard to tell whats in the kit, if it has a resin part for the sights and hoods (it looks like the hood is there) i may get it!

Joe from fireball is a good chap hey! i like his stuff.

Thanks for the tip!

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5 years 3 months ago #8 by Bishop
That's a good size to build this. Watching with interest. I still remember my Matchbox Cobra

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5 years 3 months ago #9 by Flying_Kiwi
So to buy the resin pit and have it shipped over in 4-6 weeks is $72.00 NZD, that's more than i paid for the kit and the decals!, me thinks i'll scratch build the pit.

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5 years 3 months ago #10 by Andrew

Flying_Kiwi wrote: So to buy the resin pit and have it shipped over in 4-6 weeks is $72.00 NZD, that's more than i paid for the kit and the decals!, me thinks i'll scratch build the pit.


I know that feeling :whistle: Often for my armour builds, the cost ratio for AM:Kit is 2:1 or even 3:1 :pinch:

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5 years 3 months ago - 5 years 3 months ago #11 by Hadley
Seems I haven't been on here for a while...
Hello and nice choice FK
I have recently acquired a AH-1F in 1/48 scale I may build soon too

In the build:
3x 1/24 Subaru rally cars
1/35 AH-6J Little bird
1/48 AH-1W Cobra
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5 years 2 months ago - 5 years 2 months ago #12 by Flying_Kiwi
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so progress, adding some detail by scratch building/augmenting the kit stuff.

I have put the tail stabilizers on and covered up the engine compartment, have to say for an old revel kit this goes together as smooth as you please,.. minimal filler here!!!

so pics. some wires added to the seat




built the turbine and ....... transmission.... sorry heli guys i don't know what that is...



Putting in the aircon/heater conduits and adding some more lever details, built the hud, ready for glass etc... i assume those big pipes are for aircon... the look the same as GA aircraft??? seem way to big for wiring? heli guys???





Gussying up the sight for the front gunner, going to add a few tiny lenses here...



Scratch building the side Armour






that's all folks quite a bit more to do on the pit before i close up....

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5 years 2 months ago #13 by Handbag87
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Nice work so far FK, the cool thing about older heli kits like this IMO is getting into some research about the interior and doing some scratching. Nice work with the sight setup!

It still gets me how big a Cobra is - I inherited a 1/72 pair of Cobra and Loach from a mate and the size difference is ludicrous!

Cheers, Zac in Whanganui

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5 years 2 months ago #14 by Flying_Kiwi
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yeah not so good at scratch building yet, doing more and more so we'll see...

its a biggie alright, its almost the same size as my 1:24 huey,... i whacked this pic on the 3 cobras thread just to tease the 1:48 guys.

Against a loach it would look massive they are so tall!!



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5 years 2 months ago #15 by Xtr3meNZer
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:lol: Haha at the subject change ;)

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5 years 2 months ago #16 by Flying_Kiwi
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you guys seem to having so much fun :-)

love the late builds of the cobra,.. never has there been a meaner looking chopper, to my eyes the Apache looks a little tame compared to lines of the cobra.

"....whats that sound...whats that coming over the hill...."

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5 years 2 months ago #17 by Bishop
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Yep, I agree. Keep at the scratch building, the sky is the limit and all the enhancements make it come more and more alive

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5 years 2 months ago #18 by Flying_Kiwi
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so some more progress on this had a bit of a slump thie weekend planned much, got through FA

anyway i started scratch building the M158 which is seen fitted to "Cindy Ann" The M158 is a seven-tube 2.75 inch rocket launcher. , i built it out of some brass tubing and lead wine bottle wrapper. just a mock up at the moment need to sand it back a bit and add all the fusing etc... still quite pleased

here is what is supposed to look like ,although this is a 6 tube launcher.... odd




and here are my interpretations :-)







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5 years 2 months ago #19 by Flying_Kiwi
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then somewhat finished the cockpit and dry fitted for snugness as well as setting the rotor. few more switches and stuff to add. M<ost of if it is scratch built. with some after market belts

Painted the M158, still needs further sanding... damn CA got everywhere











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5 years 2 months ago #20 by Powder
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Nice work FK - I do like a bit of scratch building in a kit :)

For the Rocket Launchers, the photo of the real thing shows a pair of tubes at the bottom of the set - but you've just got a single tube at the bottom - Is it too late to turn it 90deg?

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5 years 2 months ago - 5 years 2 months ago #21 by Flying_Kiwi
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AHAH! god spotting,.. that's the masking tape slumping - the brass is quite heavy - its not actually attached to the pylon yet (also scratch built from spares box and mods- small brass locating pins)

it will be set into the top twin tubes, never fear!.

i also miss counted the one bolted to Cindy Ann is the normal 7 tube M158

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5 years 2 months ago #22 by Grant
The cockpit looks the part. Nice work. :)

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5 years 2 months ago #23 by Flying_Kiwi
having a putty nightmare on the B29 tail...lost mojo decided to crack into this....

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5 years 2 months ago #24 by Xtr3meNZer
That is looking very cool mate. Nice!

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5 years 2 months ago - 5 years 2 months ago #25 by Flying_Kiwi
ok a liitle progress on this,.. cockpit done added the side Armour and re did the leads for the headsets to represent the right scale.

also made the M158 look a bit more realistic, added some plastic.






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5 years 2 months ago #26 by grover
Looking nice. Really see the difference in detail going from 1:48 to 1:32

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5 years 2 months ago #27 by Xtr3meNZer
Nice looking cockpit! Definitely more detailed than the 48th scale

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5 years 2 months ago #28 by Bishop
NICE scratch work. It looks very effective. This is why I like the bigger scales so much. You can have so much more fun

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5 years 2 months ago - 5 years 2 months ago #29 by Flying_Kiwi
Thanks all... i have really enjoyed this one, just like i enjoyed the book (even tho the young randy was a tad whinny)

Looking at the photo's i realize i must must must add the gun sight,...the little hole on the top of the aft(pilots) binnacle... there should be my scratch built sight right there,.. before i put the canopy on...

must not forget the sight
must not forget the sight
must not forget the sight
must not forget the sight
must not forget the sight
must not forget the sight
must not forget the sight
must not forget the sight

thats done it...

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5 years 1 month ago #30 by Andrew
Nice progress. Like the rocket tubes B) Tempted to try a Sherman Calliope using brass tube like that

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