A brief history of Werner's Wings
Floyd Werner of Werner's Wings is a fairly new aftermarket resin and decal company. And in the past year many new products were released for the Cobra and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior including decals.
Werner's Wings came about while Floyd was looking to build the AH-1F Cobra. At the time Cobra Company and Fireball Modelworks made resin aftermarket parts but none of which Floyd was looking for. So he decided to join the aftermarket ranks and help out the helicopter modeling community. He has also won countless awards in both regional and national shows and most recently Squadron/Signal Publications published his book “OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Walk Around.”
In the set we’ll be reviewing the “AH-1F Last of the Army Cobras” decals for the 1/48th scale Monogram AH-1S Cobra, the re-boxed Revell-Germany AH-1S Cobra and the Fujimi Cobra release. Though my set is in 1/48th, a set in 1/72nd scale is also available.
The set came in a clear 10x6 zip-lock bag. A colorful cover sheet is included which won’t go to waste. I’ll be framing and hanging mine in the future. Next are the decal sheets, two in all. The largest of the sheets covers the aircraft markings and nose art and contains markings for15 AH-1F Cobras while the smaller sheet has enough data/ stencils markings for one aircraft in two options. Additional aircraft data/stencils can be purchased separately.
The decals are separate from the carrier film and each of the individual aircrafts marking are divided by a boarder, so there’s no confusion in mixing up of a particular helicopter. The Cartograf decals are printed well and in perfect registration.
Unlike most data decals where it’s nothing but a blur of letters, these decals are fully readable right down to the smallest markings.
The main instruction sheets for the artwork are printed in color on two full pages. Also included are the correct FS color guide numbers and a brief description for each Cobra.
The instruction for the stencils and data are printed in black and white showing the profile of both sides of the aircraft. The drawings are easy to follow in assisting in decals placement.
Markings are provided for the following Cobras:
1 - "Vivacious Vonnie", C Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1991
2 - "Betsy", C Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1991
3 - "Sand Shark", N Troop, 2nd Aviation Brigade, 2nd ACR. Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1991
4 - Wild Thing", N Troop, 2nd Aviation Brigade, 2nd ACR. Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1991
5 - "Jack Daniels Brand Ole No. 7", N Troop, 2nd Aviation Brigade, 2nd ACR. Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1991
6 - Implementation Force (IFOR), E Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Bosnia, 1995-1996
7 - 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1991 and E Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division.
8 - "Venom", C Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1991
9 - AH-1F - serial #78-23213
10 - 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in Germany upon return from Operation Desert Storm.
11 - "Road Warrior", B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Somalia, January 1991
12 - C Troop, 2/17 Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division.
13 - A JAH-1F used by the Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC).
14 - 2nd Aviation Brigade, N Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1991
As an added bonus a colorful CD is provided within this set. The CD is broken down into many sub-folders, a folder for each of the 15 Cobras listed in this set. Also there’s a large number of walk around folders covering the Cobra from nose to tail all in high resolution.
Although he’s retired from the Army, Floyd still can be found in the air. He is currently flying for the Baltimore Police Department in a EC-120 Eurocopter. During his 21 years of service Floyd flew multiple tours in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and Germany under the canopies of the Kiowa Warrior and Cobra. So if your ever in the Baltimore area be sure to look up and give a wave to Floyd, I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.
I’d like to give thanks to Floyd for giving us the samples for review on AeroScale.
The AH-1F Last of the Army Cobras
decal & CD package is available from www.wernerswings.com
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