1/72 Bell AH-1S Cobra Hasegawa 00535
Thanks to the Helicopter Group Build, I found and bought this kit which I might have looked over otherwise. The last chopper kit I built must have been Revell's H173 Sikorsky H-19 Rescue kit way back when, so being part of the group build was great motivation to give a whirlybird another try.
This Bell AH-1S Cobra kit from Hasegawa (#00535) looked really nice and didn't seem too difficult. The most frustrating part of the build was having to fix the landing skids multiple times as I kept using them to handle the model – took me a while to figure out that I'd NEVER pick up or hold an aircraft by its landing gear, so why was I doing it with a helicopter?
Also had a minor setback as I couldn't figure out with the decals were melting away the paint and gloss coat, but then I figured out that I forgot that I coated the decals with Decal Film and didn't trim any the excess.
Thanks for the Group Build gents. I'm also glad I no longer have the image of Arnold in the back of my head yelling, ‘GET TO THE CHOPPA!”