Cobra Rattler ground attack jet (GI Joe)

by Jabberwock Apr 17, 2015
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What color did you pint and/or paint for the main color? Navy Blue or some purple shade?

Hello, I used navy blue hardware store spray paint and then drybrushed it. Followed by a purpleish blue GW wash...I forget the name but I could look if needed.

I'm was thinking about making a Cobra-themed Imperial Guard Army (Warhammer 40K) and think that these Rattlers (along with some of the other cobra vehicles shown in your photo) will be an excellent way to realize that vision!

What percentage would it need to be, to scale it down to match Heroic 28mm figures?

They would make a fun "counts as army", no doubt. (I used to play 40K but it got too expensive for me.) 3D printing your army, especially if you can do it yourself, would at least make the vehicles a lot less expensive. The only thing I will warn you about is that the detail level on the models I make is nowhere near the quality of GW. I print them out to be roughly 15mm and they look good not great. At 28mm you may or may not be satisfied. I'm not telling you not to do it, just want you going in eyes wide open. In other words, try just one model first and see what you think.

As far as print percentage, 40% is a rough estimate but it varies by model and opinions vary. This is because the toys themselves are not all exactly the same scale and I made the models the size of the old toys. Someone has made a guide to printing these at 28mm. Not affiliated with this site [http://doctormerkury.blogspot.com/] but I talk to him and I've been helping him out when I can. If you follow the link and look around eventually you'll find the guide he created. Hope that helps, good luck.

How does this compare to the X-Wing Miniatures game models in size?

The X-Wing miniatures are modeled at 1:270 and my GI Joe models are about 1:100 scale. In more practical terms an X-wing is around 1.25 inches long and the Rattler (as I printed them) is about 3.5 inches long. I’m not sure how they would turn out if printed in the smaller scale but nothing stopping you from giving it a try.

I would be neat to try. These always were my favorite G.I.Joe plane. With the second being the Skystriker

Yes! You are absolutely right. Unfortunately, I came to the same realization after I finished modeling the bombs and missiles. :( So, my band-aid on a band-aid solution was the thin wing piece.
I kinda wish I modeled the fuselage and wings all as one piece because attaching them is a pain and I never did make an 'engines pointed up' model. Oh well, at least I learned from it.

I think having the wings separate is still okay, because it does give that option if you want. I also angled my wings VERY SLIGHTLY up when putting it together...I think this isn't accurate to the toy, but it looks more realistic from an aircraft standpoint.


I've been looking at the files for the Rattler, and I was wondering if you might be able to avoid having to work with the wing support simply by making all of the missiles and bombs on one single piece that was angled just like the wing support?

Not that using the wing support is a problem, but it could alleviate the need for it all together.

Great models, instantly bring me back to my childhood. I wanna print out 100 lol.