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Gary Brantley
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Monogram 1/48 AH-1S Cobra

August 5, 2014 · in Aviation · · 17 · 2.4K

Here's a build that's 15-20 years old but I had never taken it to the airport until last Thursday. It's the old kit from 1986 and mine is painted in Israeli livery. It's pretty much OOB but I did add a bit of screening to the turbine vents and made a couple sets of map that are stowed beside the seats.

This kit suffered the only damage in transit to the airport out of five different aircraft traveling. The rotor is not attached and it fell off and knocked the cable cutter off the top of the cockpit, easily seen in these pics. Oh well, the photo shoot must go on! The locale is the Coffield Regional Airport in Rockdale, Texas. The old hangar in these pics dates back to WWII so I'm told. Thanks for taking a look!

Here's a link to a slideshow with a few more pics:

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17 responses

  1. Cool Cobra - very nicely done.

  2. Good-lookin' build and equally good-lookin' photography, Gary.

  3. Great build there Gary.
    Like the hangar.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for all the nice comments fellows! I sure appreciate them. The pics turned out okay I guess. That build sure brings back a lot of memories!

  5. Nice to see a helo, and a Monogram Cobra, nice work, nice images.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. masterful as all ways

  7. Thanks Chuck and Bob! Always great to have your comments! Thanks a lot!

  8. Looks smart that Gary. I've got a 1.35 kit in the stash, I'll get round to building it one day!

    • Thanks Richard! I'd love to see it when you do get it built.

      • I've got a couple of builds I'm currently working on so I reckon nearer Xmas time for the Cobra, once the dark nights set in!

        • Don't forget to share it with us here! I'm looking forward to seeing it.

          • Don't worry I won't, unless it turns out really bad! I built an old Huey Cobra about eight months ago, I'm not sure how to put the article in a link here but it's still there on my profile. It's an old Revell kit and is quite basic, but was good fun non the less!
            I'm going try and push my abilities for the next one and have purchased a Big Ed PE set, but think I'm being a bit ambitious on inspection. If it turns out anywhere near as good as yours I'll be happy with it!

  9. Nice pictures, nice model.

  10. Gary, absolutely beautiful

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