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1/32 AH-1G Cobra (late production)
US Attack Helicopter

The AH-1G combat helicopter has conceived as a fire support helicopter. Due to its firepower, the term “aerial artillery” coined during the Vietnam War, was often applied to it. The main armament mounted on a turret in the nose part of the helicopter was a six-barreled Minigun 7.62 mm machine gun with a clip of 4,000 rounds and an M129 40 mm grenade launcher with 300 rounds of ammunition. Other types of weapons also were used.

In 1972, the Vietnamese began to use the Soviet “Strela” man-portable anti-aircraft system to attack low-flying targets. They were very successful against helicopters, including Cobras. Some helicopters were equipped with a device that diverted hot gases from the working engine upwards to protect them from the homing heads mounted on the Arrows. And as practice showed, this had the necessary effect. To capture helicopters modified in this way, the sensitivity of the Arrow’s homing head was insufficient.

During the war in Southeast Asia, the Cobras demonstrated excellent survivability and proved themselves to be a reliable and powerful ground support aircraft.

1/48 US Aviation Armament
During the Second World War and in post-war conflicts, the role of aviation increased significantly. Air strikes and air support for the ground forces contributed greatly to the successful operations. The amount of ammunition used began to be calculated in grandiose numbers. For example, during the active phase of the Vietnam War, the American Air Force dropped about 17 million bombs on Vietnam. The purpose of the bombing was both to damage the armed formations of Vietnam and to destroy the forests in which the North Vietnamese guerrillas operated.

To hit targets on the ground, unguided missiles of various types and calibers were also used. The list of aviation weapons also included incendiary ammunition filled with napalm and white phosphorus. The result of their use was the vast territories of burnt jungles and agricultural fields.

1/32 US Helicopter Pilots (Vietnam War)
Helicopters were rightfully considered one of the symbols of the Vietnam War. They played a significant role in providing support to ground units and subunits, carrying out the tasks of delivering and supplying troops, as well as their fire cover from the air. Helicopters were great for jungle warfare. According to some estimates, their number in Vietnam in the early 1970s exceeded the number of all military helicopters in the world. In some months, the number of their sorties reached 800 thousand, helicopters made 8-9 sorties per day. And one of the American commanders considered the helicopter pilots “… the most professional warriors we have ever seen.”

At the beginning of the Vietnam War, most of the entire fleet of American rotorcraft in Vietnam were transport helicopters. However, over time, the importance of fire support helicopters has grown, and their number has increased significantly. An analysis of the course of hostilities in Vietnam subsequently contributed to the awareness of the role of helicopters in armed conflicts of varying degrees of intensity and the rapid increase in their number in the armies of the world.

1/35 Type G4 Partisanenwagen
German WWII vehicle with machine gun

The three-axle G4 passenger car was designed by Daimler-Benz in 1934 and was produced until 1939. This heavy six-seater off-road vehicle with an eight-cylinder engine with an output of 100 (later 110) hp was designed for high-ranking officials of the Third Reich, as well as for the army, where it was used as a staff car (under the designation Kfz.21). The G4 was produced as a four-door sedan with a folding roof. This car was too complex and expensive for mass production, so it was made in a relatively small quantity.

Some trucks were equipped with MG 34 machine guns. They served to transport high command staff of the Wehrmacht, as well as guards and escorts. Vehicles in this variant were called Partisanenwagen.

1/48 BQM-34А (Q-2C) Firebee
US Drone

The BQM-34A Firebee is an unmanned aerial vehicle used as a target for pilot training and air defense crews. It was built to meet the needs of the United States Air Force for variable speed targets. Developed by the American company Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. An army version was also produced – the MQM-34D with a ground launcher.

In flight mode, the drone was controlled by an operator via radio. After being hit by a rocket or after the end of the mission, the device landed with a parachute.

Various aircraft acted as aircraft carriers of drones. One of the options was the DB-26. In the version of the carriers, absolutely all weapons were removed from the aircraft, and unmanned targets were suspended on the pylons under the wing.

Paul Tosney – Editor

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