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#AA-2085   1/72 scale  Lockheed AH-56A Cheyenne  Attack helicopter to replace AH-1

 

Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

50 resin parts

+

Clear resin canopy & decal

 

Rotor dia. 217 mm

x

Length 231 mm

 

Unit price: US$58

Shipping charge: US$6.50

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$1.50

 

Aircraft History and Specification

In 1965, with the growing involvement in Vietnam, the U.S. Army requested proposals for an Advanced Aerial Fire Support System (AAFSS) program intended to establish a technologically advanced attack helicopter. Preliminary designs were submitted by Lockheed and Sikorsky. In 1966, Lockheed's design, AH-56 Cheyenne was selected as the winner. An engineering development and 375 production contract was signed. The first prototype first flew in 1967 and reached speeds of over 240 mph. It was judged as highly agile and a very capable weapon system. However, the development of new technologies on the AH-56 led to many cost and time overruns, and the arrival of two other viable alternatives, Bell's AH-1G Cobra and Sikorsky's S-67 Blackhawk forced the entire program to be effectively cancelled in 1972. At the end, the Army realized it had needed a less complicated combat system with the agility of a light helicopter. The integrated fire control and navigation systems would also have to be of the low-maintenance variety, leading up to the designation of the new Advanced Attack Helicopter (AAH) initiative.

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Attack helicopter

To entry in the Army's Advanced Attack Helicopter (AAH) competition

51ft.3in.

54ft.8in.

13ft.8in.

1x General Electric T64-GE-16 turboshafts

244 mph

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1x XM-196 51mm machine gun / up to 16x TOW missiles or 76x 2.75 inch unguided rockets

 

Model References

 

The Lockheed AH-56 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

U.S. helicopter 1946 ~ present

Firestone XH-9 (XR-9)

Kellett XH-10 (XR-10)

Rotorcraft XH-11 (XR-11) Dragonfly

Bell YH-12

Bell H-13 Sioux

Bell XH-15

Piaseki YH-16 Transporter

Hughes XH-17 Flying Crane

Sikorsky YH-18

Sikorsky H-19A Chickasaw

McDonnell XH-20 Little Henry

Piasecki H-21 Work Horse

Kaman OH-22 (K-225)

Hiller OH-23 Raven

Seibel YH-24 Skyhawk

Piasecki H-25 Army Mule

American XH-26 Jet Jeep

Piasecki XH-27 (YH-16A)

Hughes XH-28

McDonnell XH-29 (XH-20A)

McCulloch YH-30

Doman YH-31

Hiller YH-32 Hornet

Bell XH-33 (XV-3) Convertiplane

Sikorsky CH-34A Choctaw

McDonnell XH-35 (XV-1) Convertiplane

Sikorsky XH-36 (XV-2)

Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave

U.S.A.F./Sikorsky H-38 Short Tail

Sikorsky YH-39

Bell YH-40 (UH-1) Iroquois

Cessna YH-41 Seneca

Hughes XH-42 (TH-55A) Osage

Kaman HH-43A Huskie

U.S.A.F. H-44 Big Tom project

U.S.A.F. XH-45 Step Child project

Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight

Boeing CH-47 Chinook

H-48 (Missile site)

Boeing-Vertol CH-49 (CH-46B) Sea Knight

Gyrodyne QH-50

Lockheed XH-51A Compound

Sikorsky HH-52 Sea Guard

Sikorsky CH-53C Jolly Green Giant

Sikorsky CH-54 Skycrane

Hughes TH-55 Osage

Lockheed AH-56A Cheyenne

Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger

Bell OH-58 Kiowa

Sikorsky XH-59A

Sikorsky H-60 Night Hawk

Boeing-Vertol YUH-61

Boeing-Vertol XCH-62 HLH

Bell YAH-63

McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache

Aerospatiale HH-65A Dolphin

Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche

Bell TH-67 Creek

Agusta MH-68A Stingray

McDonnell-Douglas MH-90 Enforcer

U.S.  Army A.A.H.S.S. competition in 1966

Convair Model 49

Locheek AH-56 Cheyenne

Sikorsky S-66

 

U.S.  Army attack helicopter

Bell AH-1G Cobra

Lockheed AH-56A Cheyenne

Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk

Bell YAH-63

McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache