M-197 Rotary Cannon

Published on
September 8, 2012
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Base Kit
any 1/48 AH-1E, 1F, 1J, 1T, 1W
Company: Master Model - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Master Model - Website: Visit Site
Parts Packaging

The AH-1 Cobra had various versions that used the M-197 20mm cannon: the Army AH-1E, AH-1F, and the Marine Corp AH-1J, AH-1T, and AH-1W. Until now, the kit offerings of this prominent armament feature have been poorly molded in plastic. Well, fret (no pun intended) no more – Master Model has your cannon.

You get three turned metal barrels and one end barrel nut. There is a fret that has the mid-barrel clamp and the rear barrel clamp. The barrels are perfectly formed and are literally miniature gun barrels. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are grooves in the barrels. This set is absolutely gorgeous. The hardest part of this set will be not to lose the end barrel nut. Everything about this set is perfect.

As someone who has pre-flighted, shot, and lived around these guns, I will say that they are perfect. If you want your Cobra to look as mean as it can, then you will need this set. The Monogram, Revell, Revell/Germany, and Fujimi AH-1Fs will definitely benefit from this set, as will the Fujimi and Italeri AH-1J, AH-1T and AH-1Ws.

Master has also released this cannon in 1/35th and 1/72nd scale and they are just as nice.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Master Model and IPMS/USA for the review copy and review space.


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