by Henry Juarez
AH-1W "Whiskey Cobra"
MRC's 1/35 scale
AH-1W Super Cobra is available online from
Here is my 1/35 scale AH-1W "Whiskey Cobra" from
MRC. I believe this was the first in MRC’s series of 1/35 scale choppers
designed to accompany 1/35 scale figure models.
The kit is nicely finished with both raised and
recessed panel detail. The cockpit is well represented with raised
detail. However, a good after market resin company (hint, hint…Chris
Miller) would do this kit justice.
I built this kit several years ago when it was
first released. For the most part, it is mainly out of the box. At the
time, I had just begun modeling seriously and was still experimenting
with techniques. Since no after market kit was available at the time, I
decided to spruce up the kit with various odds and ends. I just added
wires and stretched sprue throughout the kit. The idea was to make the
kit look somewhat busy and believable.
The kit itself went together quite well. My only complaint would be the
cockpit canopy was a little undersized. I replaced the molded in grill
with photoetch screen. I opened up the access bay in the tail boom,
boxed it in with sheet styrene and added a styrene hatch.
After surfing the web for “Whiskey Cobras”, I found
a picture of one in a two tone sand and green scheme. I used Testor's
Sand and Dark Green for this project.
I first sprayed the kit with the
Sand color, right out of the bottle, thinning it at a 1:1 ratio. This
was my base color and my primer coat. I then sprayed a panel shading
using Testor's brown.
Once that was done, I took the base color sand and
lightly sprayed the entire model, until a hint of the panel shading was
visible. Then taking the base mixture, I added about 30% white sprayed
the inside of the panels to highlight them. Once that was done, I took
the same base mixture and thinned it down with about 70% thinner to 30%
paint and sprayed the entire model until I got a good balance of
highlight colors and panel shades.
This process was repeated with the
Decals & Weathering
After the model was painted and allowed to dry for
approximately 24 hours, the kit was sprayed with several light coats of
Future acrylic floor shine. This was allowed to dry for about a day. At
this time, a wash of Raw umber oil by Windsor and Newton (very good oil
paints) and turpenoid was applied to all the recess panel lines. After
allowing this to dry, the kit decals were applied using Solvaset setting
solution. Finally, the entire kit was dull coated with Testors Dullcoat.
As I stated earlier, this was my real first attempt
at detailing. The “Experts” might find more than their fair share of
inaccuracies with my kit and that’s okay.
What I hope to have shown here is that, with a
little imagination, any kit can be fun and made to look interesting.
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