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Forces of Valor 820004A-2
Bell AH-1W SuperCobra Diecast Model
USMC HMLA-167 Warriors, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, December 2012

1:48 Scale   Length   Width
Bell AH-1W SuperCobra   13.25"   11"

While attached to HMLA 169 in Afghanistan in 2012, the squadron painted the aircraft with its distinctive 9/11 FDNY memorial paint scheme and included insignias of the FDNY and Ladder Company 17, Engine 60, South Bronx. Ladder Company 17, Engine 60 lost 60 first responders in the attack on the Twin Towers. The paint scheme has remained on the Cobra as it has passed from one HMLA to the next--making it a celebrity within the AH-1 community.

In the early 1980s, the U.S. Marine Corps sought a new navalized helicopter, but it was denied funding to buy the AH-64 Apache by Congress in 1981. The Marines in turn pursued a more powerful version of the AH-1T. Other changes included modified fire control systems to carry and fire AIM-9 Sidewinder and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. The new version was funded by Congress and received the AH-1W designation.

Bell AH-1W SuperCobra

Designed to meet an urgent US Army requirement for a helicopter gunship, the Bell AH-1 Cobra-sometimes called The Snake-was 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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Forces of Valor

The Waltersons "Forces of Valor" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aicraft.

Waltersons "Forces of Valor" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Fixed display stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Detailed pilots and crew members.
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.

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