Ukraine’s ICM has released its first ever dedicated paint set, this package being for its recent 1/32 new-tool AH-1G Cobra.

SNAKE SHADES reviewed ICM’s superb Cobra kit just recently, and since then, we’ve received the company’s bespoke paint set. This seems to be a blossoming move by ICM, as it has done the same for its newly tooled 1/35 German Marder I self-propelled gun, too.

In the water-based acrylic Cobra set there are five 12ml bottles with the following colours: 1006 Deep Orange, 1027 Gun Metal, 1033 Sky Grey, 1039 Rubber Black and 1072 US Dark Green, accompanied by a bottle of Varnish Matt (2001). The US Dark Green is the firm’s take on Olive Drab FS 34086, and appears to be a good match in the bottle, while the Deep Orange is the hue covering the elevators on some Cobras. ICM suggests Rubber Black for the rotor blades, Sky Grey for the rotor hub, and Gun Metal for the machine-gun barrels.


As is, the colours are formulated for use with a brush, but if airbrushing, ICM advises on a 40-60% dilution ratio, using water or thinner (although it doesn’t state on the box what that thinner should be).

The paint dries very matt according to ICM, so it has provided the Varnish Matt to ensure a more realistic finish, with just a slight hint of sheen. Look out for the ICM Cobra build in a forthcoming issue of Airfix Model World, as the firm’s paint will tested on the kit. Of course, it doesn’t have to be ICM’s AH-1G that receives the paint though – any Cobra will do if it’s an Olive Drab machine!

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Our review of the ICM AH-1G is here: