AH-1W/T+ Cobra

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Company: Red Fox Studio - Website: Visit Site
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The MRC/Academy AH-1W and AH-1T+ are the only kits available of these versions of the Cobra in this scale. Like all Cobras, the interior is very visible through the big canopy. The kit cockpit cries out for detail and Red Fox answers.

Red Fox Studios has designed an instrument panel set for these kits. It comes in a small baggie with a hard paper backing. The actual parts are protected in a separate Ziplock. The parts are slightly different than some other 3D Acrylic parts. Red Fox 3D acrylic renderings are on a metal backing with the raised acrylic over that. The parts come off the protective backing quite easily. All you’ll have to do is remove the molded-on detail and add the Red Fox parts with superglue or PVA. No further modifications are necessary.

The set includes both front and aft instrument panels and side consoles. The relief is beautifully rendered with very petite markings. You can read the markings in some places. How they can do that so well is beyond me. The colors look spot on, but mostly black. The instrument limit markings are even visible. Remarkable. Unfortunately, the set does not include seatbelts, however this is a personal preference and does not detract from the beautiful instrument panels.

Adding these parts is so much simpler and easier to do than painting the panel. The 3D detail is far superior to the kit offering and with the detail painting applied it is easy to upgrade your instrument panel.

Beautiful, crisp, and clear markings along with simple application with minimal work makes this set a winner. I would have liked seatbelts, but even without them, the upgrade to your AH-1W/T+ model Cobra will be quite noticeable.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Red Fox Studios and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours directly from them in Hungary at https://www.rfstudio.hu/ or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

Reviewer Bio

Floyd S. Werner Jr.

Building models since the age of 7, I’ve become known for my Bf-109s and helicopters. I currently run Werner’s Wings. I was previously the ‘star’ of the Master Class Model Building Video series. I’ve been published numerous times on various website, including Hyperscale and ARC. My work has been in FSM and Great Scale Modeling 2001, as well as, numerous other model magazines. I’m a published author with my Squadron/Signal Walkaround book on the Kiowa Warrior. My models have continuously won many regional and national awards. My unique model photography gives my models instant recognition for their historical perspective.

I’m a retired from the Army after 21 years of flying Cobras and Kiowa Warriors, including tours in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and Germany. I’m also a retired Flight Officer for the Baltimore City Police and flew their helicopters chasing bad guys. I’m currently flying Cobras and Hueys with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Yvonne, for 42 years. Our daughters have blessed us with six grandchildren. My passions continue to be his family, friends, helicopters, models and airplanes, especially the Bf-109 and my beloved AH-1 Cobra. My motto has always been - MODELING IS FUN!

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