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51205 Corgi   AH-1G Cobra - The Crystal Ship, 1st Cavalry US Army (1/48) £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series US51205 is this lovely 1/48 scale Bell AH-1G Cobra "The Crystal Ship" of the US Army 1st Cavalry. Limited Edition of only 1820 Pieces Worldwide. Length 13.25". Intended mainly for US only issue.

The Cobra was developed by Bell Helicopter beginning in 1965. By 1967 it was flying its first missions in Vietnam and quickly established a reputation as a lethal attack helicopter. Its roles were quickly expanded to include anti-armor warfare, and a twin-engined version was developed and delivered to the United States Marine Corps in 1969. The Cobra is still in service with the USMC, and the AH-1Z model is expected to continue in operation until 2025!

CW2 Walker Jones was the pilot and SP4 "Mac" McCloy was crew chief of this Cobra that flew out of Phouc Vinh in May 1970. Jones flew this AH-1G until March 1971 when it was shot down by enemy machine-gun fire while he was on R&R. First lieutenant Van Joyce and gunner Captain Joel Hagerman were killed when it was shot down.

Bell AH-1G Cobra
Designed to meet an urgent US Army requirement for a helicopter gunship, the Bell AH-1 CobraŚsometimes called The SnakeŚwas first flown on September 7th, 1965. Troop-carrying Hueys depended on the Cobra for fire support; it was fast and very maneuverable, and its narrow 38-inch airframe made for a difficult target. Its main armament was its three-barrel 20mm Gatling gun mounted in a chin turret, but it was also capable of using a variety of other weapons including rocket pods, cannon pods, minigun pods and missiles. Replaced by Apaches in the 1990s, the Cobra now serves the US Forest Service as a firefighter.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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