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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. 

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

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

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The Caracal decals. 

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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. 

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

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Mounted on in the cockpit. 

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The seats and other sticks went in.. 

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And were painted. 

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The rotor unit. Much of it will be hidden. 

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Fuselage goes on. 

Now for decals for the cockpit

 

 

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Further work. 

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The cockpit decals went in. 

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

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

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Both engines mounted on. 

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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

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

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

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

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

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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. 

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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. 

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

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The nose systems were also made. 

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

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

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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"

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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

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

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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. 

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Last but not least, the radar thingy on top. 

After this, primer and paint. 

 

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