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Academy 1/72nd Apache AH.1

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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Academy 1/72nd Apache AH.1
Posted by Bish on Saturday, June 16, 2018 10:36 AM

Not often i show my face in here, in facts its been 6 years since a built a chopper, so i am looking forward to this.

Better known as the AH-64 Apache, in British hands it is designated the Apache AH.1. The Academy kit of the British Apache is based on there Block II early kit. Looks really nice, though i was dissapointed that it only had a one piece closed canopy and no option for folding rotors, though i get the reason for the latter one. Would be nice if one of the AM companies picked up on it.

There was only a little work needed on the pit before painting. Had to remove some of the raised detail which is replaced by coloured PE and add the none coloured PE, foot peddles and a floor section.

Next up was a coat of primer followed by Tamiya flat black.

The pit was then dry brushed with oils and the rest of the PE added.

The only PE i have not added is the seat belts. Thats because the pilots need to be installed and then the belts will be added. And to that end i have already got the pilots done. These are 2 resin figures from PJ Productions, labeled as AH-64 crew. The packaging clearly shows them in US uniforms but once painted there should not be any noticable difference.

I am doing an aircraft that was in Afghan in 2008/09, the same time i was in camp bastion. Fortunatly this means i can do them in desert camo rather than the new MTP. I matched the desert colours to a pair of issue desert shorst i still have which are nice and faded. The lighter colour was tamiya Dark yellow, Deck tan and a small bit of white. The darker colour was desert yellow.

More to follow soon. Thanks for looking and all comments welcome.

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    February, 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:27 AM

Nice looking work Bish!

On Ed's bench, ???

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:12 PM

Thanks Ed.

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:08 PM

Nice!  I'm a big fan of the Apache - built the mongram 1/48 kit a while back.  Maybe time to step back into choppers.  Folding blades is nice for shelf space.  

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, June 22, 2018 2:00 AM

Cheers John. This is a really nice kit, lots of moulded on fine detail. Got the fuelage halfs together, had to be a bit careful sanding the seams, but the fit is great so far.

The folding blades would have been a nice touch, be good for a ship dio. I have not seen many of these built up yet, so not sure if anyone has done it themselves.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:05 PM

Work has been moving along on the Apache, for a while it was going well, then it wasn't. With the pilots and seats in place, the cockpit was fitted and all seemed to be in the right place.

I had also made a start of fitted the sensor along the fuselage so i could glue them from the inside.

Then it was time to get the fuselage together and that all went well.

At this stage i thought it would be a good idea to test fit the canopy. I could see this was not going to be easy. The rear of the canopy is supposed to go under the piece which over hangs the back of the pit and then the front slides into place. After some pushing, squeezing, spreading, swearing and a few other things, this was the result.

am still awating an answer on a replacement and no one does a vacform one for the 64D. But, this crack did make it easier to fit and i found a few issues. The front crewmans is to tall and his head stops the canopy going down. So i had to pry him out and trim him down a bit. Alos the clear section between front and rear pits needed trimming.

So while waiting for a reply, and if i don't hear anything by the end of the week, i will have to use the cracked canopy, i got as much fitted as i could.

Most the bts i have left off are handles and antennas which i will fit after the canopy is on. This has gone together really well and i am so bloody annoyed about the canopy, i had hoped to have this primed by now. And if Academy's UK importer does not get back to me, i am just going to have to make the best of it.

  • Member since
    March, 2013
Posted by LonCray on Monday, July 02, 2018 8:39 AM

As suggested in the Auto forum, perhaps you could get some clear thermo plastic and do a smash mold of the damaged canopy?  You basically use the original canopy to make a quick and dirty mold, then gently heat the thermo plastic and mash it between the two mold pieces.  Trim and polish it and you'll have a new uncracked canopy.  

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, July 06, 2018 1:58 AM

Thanks for the suggestion, i will look into that.

Going to put this build on hold for a bit. Have e-mailed Academy's UK importer 4 times and not had a single reply, so much for customer service.

  • Member since
    March, 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Sunday, July 08, 2018 5:16 PM

Hi, Bish - Bad darts, having the split canopy. I've made pretty good repairs in two instances, might be worth a try for you, I only recommend it for flat canopy sections, not on a curved section.

I thinned enough Future to make just a few drops, using distilled water, perhaps 50/50. The mixture has a high capillary action, and seeks its way all through the crack. I warmed the canopy a bit, to about 80 degrees F, just to allow a very slight spread of the crack and permit full penetration of the Future mix.

Immediately I dunked the canopy in undiluted Future, straight from the bottle. Then setting it on kitchen towel to wick away excess future, with the crack facing down to enhance smoothing of the repaired crack, by flowing away any Future that wasn't perfectly smooth.

Really it looked quite nice, if you didn't know it had been cracked you could easily miss seeing it. I suspect it may also work with other acrylc clears, like Micro Scale gloss, but I haven't tried it.

Hope the distributor eventually comes through for, best of luck if you do resort to my tip. Cheers.

Patrick

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, July 09, 2018 2:06 AM

Thanks for the info Patrick. Unfortunatly i have now removed the 2 offending clear sections with an idea of replacing the panels. I have e-mailed Academy Europe again voicing my digust at their importers complete lack of response, it is dissapointing especially after the great service i have had from companies in eastern Europe.

For now, i am going to wait until our next model club meeting and see if anyone there can help, some one might have a spare. One of the guys does reviews on Britmodeller so he might have some contacts. Failing that, i'll just fill the clear sections with what ever ican find and try and make as good a repair as possable.

But i will certainly keep your suggestion in mind for future mishaps. Thanks.

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