Bell 209 Firewatch Cobra. Model features detailed cockpit and exterior, rotating main and tail rotors with adjustable blade pitch, opening canopies, and rotating sensor turret.
About this creation
In 2003, the U.S. Forest Service acquired 25 retired AH-1Fs from the U.S. Army. These have been designated Bell 209 and are being converted into Firewatch Cobras with infrared and low light sensors and systems for real time fire monitoring. The Florida Division of Forestry has also acquired 3 AH-1Ps from the U.S. Army. These are called Bell 209 "Firesnakes" and are equipped to carry a water/fire retardant system.
Beautiful! I love the colour scheme and the details. Always the details!
I like it
March 4, 2015
Great build! The shaping and detailing is the best I've seen on any LEGO Cobra model. The cockpit is especially good. I also really the color scheme on this version of the Cobra -- I'm glad you decided to build it.
Quoting Mister Hashtag
Great-looking helicopter, you captured the details excellently!
Thanks! I may decal this in Gimp, it would look even better with the black transition stripes between the white/orange, white/yellow, and yellow/orange, as well as the USFS markings. I actually set out making the AH-1S model with the goal of being able to make the Firewatch Cobra variant out of it.