AH-1G Cobra "Spanish & IDF Cobras"
(Special Hobby - Nr. SH 72274)
As a variant of their new AH-1 Cobra kits, MPM production s.r.o. presents us a AH-1G with Spanish Navy and IDF decals under their Sepcial Hobby product range.
Some words about these overseas variants:
The Spanish Naval Air Arm received four older AH-1G under the MAP Programme in 1971 which were later followed by another 4 in 1973. The Spaniards intended to use them in the anti-ship role which soon prove not the be such a good idea and as far as I know has a use in this role never been realised. They all served in 007 Escuardrilla at Rota NAS and had deployments on the helicopter/VTOL carrier Dédalo. 4 Cobras were lost due to accidents, 3 later returned to the USA where they were converted to TAH-1F. Only one airframe remained at Rota which is kept there as a museum/heritage exhibit.
Israel also received 6 AH-1G for evaluation purposes. They were converted to AH-1Q later to have a more efficient anti-tank capability. As a consequence, Israel decided to acquire AH-1S in the 1980's.
The plastic box contents are completely identical to the "AH-1G Over The USA & Europe" boxing reviewed earlier here: http://www.scale-rotors.com/kit/artikel.php?id=8971 - so please refer to the images and general comments made there.
Of course the decals and instructions are different. Here again, there is no reason for any complaints. The resin dummy turret is not included in this boxing as it is not needed for either version.
For those who thought that Cobras always have to be in olive drab colours this may be an eye opener. As the range of other operators of the AH-1G is very small, this is a nice alternation of the good kit. Maybe someone will offer NASA markings later on as well?
Kit is available via: www.aeromodel.eu (MPM production s.r.o. E-Shop distribution)
Reviewed by Felix Troschier - 21. July 2014
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