Does anyone know if there is any am stuff for the 1/48 Monogram AH-1S and what is the difference in the AH-1S and AH-1F. Thanks
There is aftermarket for the kit. Werner Wings is the main go to, at last recall had the exhaust (a must to avoid the seems), weapons resin and decals. Master has a barrel set also worth getting.
As for the difference between the two.
The AH-1F was the Army’s final version of the TOW missile armed Cobra and the F denoted “Fully Modernized.” The F model differed externally from the other flat plate canopy Cobra models in that it had the Air Data Sensor (ADS) boom mounted to the canopy frame. The other big difference was the F model included a head’s up display for the pilot. All previous Army Cobras employed a conventional gunsight.
Technically, all Cobras designed to carry the TOW missile were S models, but there were so many different variations of the S model, the Army tried to simplify things by using letters to denote the unique differences. This resulted in nomenclature that did not flow chronologically. After this change the AH-1M denoted a TOW Cobra modified from the original G model. It employed the original rounded canopy and the original chin turret with 40mm grenade launcher and minigun. The next TOW version the was AH-1P which denoted the first “Production” aircraft designed from the assembly line as a TOW Cobra. It was also the first to employ the flat-plate canopy and it retained the original chin turret. In between the Production model and the final fully modernized version was the AH-1E, which denoted the ECAS Cobra (Enhanced Cobra Armament System) The E model also employed the flat-plate canopy but was the model first to replace the original chin turret with the 3 barreled XM-197, 20mm cannon. The E also had a 10Kva alternator mounted to the transmission to help power the electric turret. The original turrets were powered hydraulically.
Hopefully, this explanation is helpful.