AH-1G Cobra

Published: May 4th, 2014     
Package & contents
Package & contents
Reviewed by: 
Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im
Price: $7.65
Product / Stock #: PE-72008

The new AZ Model 1/72nd AH-1G is a nice addition to the helicopter modeling community.  I've never flown this version of the Cobra but I'm very familiar with it.  The limitations of plastic molding means that there are some things that have to be either simplified or left off.  Enter Res-Im (Resin Improvement). 

For those of you who are familiar with the Eduard Pre-painted Photo Etch and how good they are you won't be disappointed.  Guess what?  Res-Im photo etch is printed by Eduard.  It even says Eduard on the photo etch sheet so you know the quality is excellent.  The PE parts are all well formed and will offer a nice upgrade to the kit.   The instructions are typical Eduard style as well so it is easy to understand.

There are two things that I thought were incorrect.  Res-Im would have you put part 24 on the inlet but it is actually used on the left side for the oil cooler.  The other part that I had issues with was part 32.  This is attached to the canopy.  It looks to be the Helmet Sight Subsystem (HSS), which is not accurate for the AH-1G.  Other than those two things this set is phenomenal.  Many of the parts are applicable to other Cobras as well.  The hardest part of the photo etch will be the tail rotor counter weights. 

This set will definitely add to the cockpit.  The pre-painted instrument panel is a thing of beauty.  It is assembled in a sandwich style.  The seatbelts and shoulder harness will stand out.  Everything in this set is a nice upgrade.  Some of the parts are small but some extras are included.

Superior parts at a very reasonable price make this set a very nice addition to your Cobra.  The pre-painted instrument panel and seatbelts alone will make the cockpit pop.  The external details are very impressive.  Obvious Eduard quality since Eduard prints it.  Another impressive release from this new, to me anyhow, company. 

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Res-Im and IPMS/USA for the review item.

You can obtain yours by contacting them at their website, http://www.res-im.cz.  The website is only in Czech but the items speak for themselves and you can just use the contact us information to get to the items you want.  While there check out their other items.  Let them know you heard about it here.

  • Res-Im photoetch
    Res-Im photoetch
  • Res-Im photoetch
    Res-Im photoetch
  • Photoetch instructions
    Photoetch instructions
  • Photoetch instructions
    Photoetch instructions
  • Photoetch instructions
    Photoetch instructions
  • Instrument panels
    Instrument panels
  • PE HSS not accurate for AH-1G
    PE HSS not accurate for AH-1G
  • Seatbelts
    Seatbelts

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