by Don Greer & Rich Dann
Illustrated by John
Lowe & Richard Hudson
S u m m a r y
||Walk Around Number 29
||Soft cover, landscape format, 80
pages plus covers (incl. 40 pages in full colour).
||US$12.96 from Squadron.com
||Perfect format for modellers;
variants covered from prototype to AH-1Z; effective
use of colour; packed with images; useful captions; helpful scrap-view drawings to illustrate
ordnance and specific features; 12 colour profiles.
||Per the rest of the Walk Around
series, very brief introductory text; no contents/index page
AH-1 Cobra Walk Around is available online from
Squadron/Signal's latest Walk Around title focuses on the AH-1 Cobra
This book follows the familiar Squadron Walk Around formula. Its soft
cardboard covers contain 80 pages in
landscape format. The book presents two pages in black-and-white, then two in colour, for
the whole book. It
is packed full of relevant and well captioned photographs. Many of the
Super Cobra images are credited to Dave Roof, an active Marine who
frequents this site. The 40 full-colour pages are used to good effect with
many detail and operational photos, nice colour profiles and detail
illustrations - even some colour detail illustrations this time.
However, it should be pointed out that this book does not (nor does it
claim to) provide any detailed history, operational or technical
information beyond the text of the captions. Nevertheless, the captions
are very informative.
The contents are organised in roughly chronological order. Coverage commences
with the Bell Model 209, then the AH-1G (including colour operational
photos from the Vietnam war - check out the full-page image of the 1967
Tan and Dark Green Cobra!), AH-1S, AH-1P, AH-1J, AH-1F, AH-1W and even
a few shots of the brand-new Marines mount, the AH-1Z .
Cover art is by Don Greer and
profile credit is shared with HyperScale regular Rich Dann. The rear cover
artwork is noteworthy. It appears to be a nice rendering of a heavily
Desert Storm Cobra superimposed over a photograph of a real desert scene.
The twelve colour profiles should provide ample inspiration for
modellers, with a mixture of colour (greys, greens, sand and various
disruptive variations), garish shark-mouths and unit markings.
This book maintains the high standard of Squadron's Walk Around series.
There is a decent selection of Cobra variants available in plastic
across the 1/72, 1/48 and 1/35 scales. This book will be a very helpful
and inexpensive resource for anyone building these kits.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2002 by Brett
This Page Created on 15 May, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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