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Bell AH-1F Cobra "The Flying Bulls"

(Revell - Nr. 05723)

Revell - Bell AH-1F Cobra

Facts:

Hersteller:Revell
Theme:Attack Helicopters
Productnumber:05723 - Bell AH-1F Cobra "The Flying Bulls"
Scale:1:48
Type:Model sets
Year of release:May 2013
Price:ca. 17,99€
Contents:
  • 73 plastic parts in black
  • 6 clear parts
  • instruction sheet
  • liquid glue with applicator needle
  • double sided paint brush
  • 4 basic water based colours
Designed for:
  • from beginners onwards

Review:

Revell - Bell AH-1F Cobra "The Flying Bulls"

The Austrian beverage brand "Red Bull" is famous for its airworthy collection of more or less historic and unusual aircraft, the "Flying Bulls". Revell takes the opportunity to release a couple of the preserved aircraft from existing kits as gift sets, complete with glue, paintbrush and the needed basic colours.

 

In this case, the well known Monogram Cobra found its way into the series as the from the Flying Bulls. This snake (which is actually a TAH-1F) carries a civilian US-registration, is based at Salzburg's Hangar No.7 and can be seen at Airshows all over Europe. 

The Kit is certainly not "state of the art" anymore, but If you have a look through the web for some built models of this kit it becomes clear that one can certainly make a decent model out of it. Moreover, it's the only option to choose in this scale. 

Revell - Bell AH-1F Cobra "The Flying Bulls"

Revell - Bell AH-1F Cobra "The Flying Bulls"

Revell - Bell AH-1F Cobra "The Flying Bulls"

Revell - Bell AH-1F Cobra "The Flying Bulls"

Revell - Bell AH-1F Cobra "The Flying Bulls"

Decals for:
  • TAH-1F, N11FX, "The Flying Bulls", Salzburg Airport, Austria 2012.
Strong points:
  • nice level of surface detail (concerning the age of the kit)
  • cockpit reasonably detailed for lower demands
  • good decals 
  • clear parts
  • fair price
Weak points:
  • raised panel lines
  • ejector marks on visible bottom side of rotor blades
  • fuselage halve split in the exhaust tube impractical for filling and sanding
  • some more detailing ofrotorhead and cannon could be necessary

Summary:

Nice to have the possibility to do this unusual cobra with a civilian touch and its odd golden rotor head. The raised panel lines of the Monogram kits from the 80'ies are compensated by the accuracy of these kits.

Reviewed by Felix Troschier - 18. June 2013

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