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1/48 Italeri Apache Longbow in India (with a twist)

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Hello all, this is my first build to be posted in the In Progress of aircraft. My main forte is armour, and I just finished a T-72 which can be found here

I got this Italeri Apache recently, along with a Caracal Decals set including an IAF version (we got Apaches just last year) I will however be doing it as an army one, which are painted black.. So that's the twist. 


The box art. Box itself is of the type approved by the International Modellers' Soviet (top opener). 


Opening the box disgorges parts, decals and instructions. Rivets are raised and plastic feels like Zvezda. 


The Caracal decals. 


Khukri puts in guest appearance. 



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39 minutes ago, Gorby said:

Is this a tank killer?

Is it because you're being over-run with hoards of those pesky targets?

It can do that among other things.... We got them to replace the Mi-35s,, as those are getting old


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Some work has been done. 


The gunner's IP. This will have decals added as well. 


Mounted on in the cockpit. 


The seats and other sticks went in.. 


And were painted. 


The rotor unit. Much of it will be hidden. 


Fuselage goes on. 

Now for decals for the cockpit



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Further work. 


The cockpit decals went in. 


Part of the target acquisition system in the nose was built. 


One of the engines. These have some alignment issues and need sanding. 


Both engines mounted on. 


The legs for the landing gear. The plate is very misaligned and needed serious work. The saving grace is that it's in a not too visible part of the heli. 


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Thanks for the kind words guys. 

More work has been done


The sponsons? were made (I don't know the correct technical term for this) 


Sponsons attached. This was a major pain and as Tamiya cement doesn't set fast enough, I used instant CA. 


The winglets went on, and the pylons for mounting ordnance were attached. 


The tail got some attention too, with the aileron? being attached. 


The tail rotor unit (complex item) and tail wheel went on too. 


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I've had a stiff neck lay me out for some time, therefore not too much modelling. But anyhow, some work that I did in the past 1 hour. 


The Hellfire missiles, boy were these a pain to put on, Italeri has given rather vague locating surfaces, so a lot of it was by eye. 


The Hydra rocket pods. These were simpler than the Hellfires. 


The nose systems were also made. 


The canopy was attached (it's still open from the other side) as well as the ordnance. Other minor things also went on


The M230 30mm Chain Gun was made. Too much flashing and not the sort I like, but looks good in the end.


And attached on. The Apache now bas teeth. I wonder if a modification could be made for it to carry a Tomahawk missile, purely for the excuse to say "That Apache's carrying a Tomahawk"


I also attached the wheels to their struts. 


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3 hours ago, Vaastav said:

I've had a stiff neck lay me out for some time,

I used to get a lot so I can sympathise. A good quality pillow helped and I rarely get it now.

Even with the stiff neck you got more done in one hour than I normally manage in a couple of days.

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Ok. Mini update


The main rotor, aka big fan was made. It is big and will need heat treatment to make it droop. 


The other side doors we're masked and fitted. The fit isn't the best, and while nothing as bad as the Shitehawk that @Grunhertz will recall, is requiring a lot of work. 


Last but not least, the radar thingy on top. 

After this, primer and paint. 


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