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This is the companion Cobra Chopper to the previous post about the Huey Chopper. Both are the same scale wood toy plan and both are made with standard cuts and materials. The Cobra is 10" long. I would appreciate any feedback you have. I am working on the plan sets right now for both choppers and it will be Cynthia's next new product promotion. Thanks for all your comments on the forum about my designs. It is extremely helpful to  me and I greatly appreciate it.
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I love it.  I like the planes and helicopter.  And I like the scale. 
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The 2 Military Helicopters look very nice and should make a nice build, I'd like to add I do believe civilian versions would be popular also and as an example I'd mention the familiarity of the Life Flight Helicopter and also a basic Helicopter with pontoons rather than the traditional skids.
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I think both are great! My father is a member of Military Vehicle Preservation Association and these would be a hit at their vehicle shows.  I'll definitely add them to my collection when the plans become available.
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very nice plans both the aircraft  and the helicopters,  Seem nice simple square cuts but giving streamline appearance

Thanks  Ken

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I just spent some time looking at Cobra photos. There are a lot of different versions of it.

It looks great, except for the guns on the front. They don't look quite right. The AH-1 Cobras had a 1 x 20mm 3-barreled Gatling gun in powered chin turret. The children probably would not know the difference but dad might. I'm not a big helicopter guy but i went and looked at photos because something didn't look right. Other than that I think you have nailed it. 

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I agree with you on the guns BadBob. The space is so small on this scale and the probability of breakage is so great I went with the bigger diameter and didn't include the rotating cannister on this one. I have a bigger scale model series in the planning stage that is as easy to make and the size to permit some really cool detail. It's still a toy but looks like a model. Thanks for the input. Keep it coming!
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I didn't make any suggestions for the guns because any thing i could thing of would be way to flimsy for a toy.

I thought about the rocket pods or missiles but everything I could come up with violated the easy to make rule.
 


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With all my helicopters I have found the offset blades are a weak point when kids are playing. I have reverted to straight and wider and had no complaints. Kids do not worry too much about this detail as they love any wooden toys made by their poppa. This also applies to toys for others if they know the maker.
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The cockpit looks a little complicated. Is it a compound cut?
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Hi Brian,

The cockpit is a compound cut but of a very simple to execute design. There is a pattern for the top and for the side cut and both require no angle cuts and both are simple straight cuts.
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I like this it will go well with the UH-1.
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I can see where the offset Blade could be a problem. Perhaps plywood would work for these.

I've not used much plywood thinner than 3/4 inch.

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