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Revell 1/144 Apache 64-D double build

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I'm currently building two of Revell's 1/144 Apache-Ds. One is going to be the US Army, the other the Netherlands version.

 

US Army will have some of the kit weapons replaced with mix of Retrokit's fuel pods and ShelfOddity Mavericks .... not sure yet how I'll load out the Netherlands.

 

Work so far:

 

Cockpit tubs assembled/painted, engines partly assembled (I'll add the frontmost bit when I add the engines to the fuselage so that I know I've put it in the right place):

 

 

35957782001_897639c67a.jpgIMG_20170716_205224 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

Close up of tub:

 

35957777441_8c8a71a236.jpgIMG_20170716_205306 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

Tubs and control panels painted and decalled (had to use the instructions for the 1/48 to figure out what went where!), please note sewing thread for seatbelts. Some are a bit long, but hey...

 

35852189180_1856611b3c.jpgIMG_20170729_164225 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

Fuselage and cockpit tubs joined (a little bit of sanding/filler may be needed):

 

35897072550_984896cec8.jpgIMG_20170731_132017 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

35897072540_bc877e24ab.jpgIMG_20170731_132049 by Stephen North, on Flickr

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Too small for my chubby fingers:lol:but I will follow with interest.:popcorn::drink:

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17 hours ago, celt said:

Too small for my chubby fingers:lol:but I will follow with interest.:popcorn::drink:

Thanks for that, I'm finding it a tad small. Out of curiosity - can I ask which part of Wales as I'm Swansea?

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1 hour ago, Flag_overlord said:

Thanks for that, I'm finding it a tad small. Out of curiosity - can I ask which part of Wales as I'm Swansea?

Hi Flag_overlord,I live in a little village in the upper Swansea Valley,sheep country.:sheep:

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Bit more work done ... front struts added (instructions say do this later, but I decided to it earlier as easier to deal with any fit/levelling problems:

 

36326683516_9763558f91.jpgIMG_20170801_183735 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

Painted inside by the struts, the recommended paint (Revell 46) is way too olive. Bit more research shows there is a US Helo Drab paint out there, but for only 2 kits at this scale... managed to control the obsessive detail side of me. Research suggests Humbrol 32 or 66 may be OK... experimenting tonight!

 

Most of the external bits added, last few going on tonight, hopefully!

 

36203079892_2429aafc09.jpgIMG_20170803_151711 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

36371480575_4392af9eb5.jpgIMG_20170803_151651 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

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Not posted for a while but quite a bit more done. Humbrol 66 won out as the colour of choice. Guns added (done primarily in Humbrol Metalcote gunmetal); tyres done using Tamiya rubber black.

 

Helicopters selected for USArmy & Netherlands variants:

 

36430561791_f10bd5c4fe.jpgIMG_20170814_143312 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

36430556751_bfe99554e1.jpgIMG_20170814_143345 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

Didn't realise how out of focus the second photo was .. will do a better one later. Thinking it needs some wire between the gun and the helicopter... will think about that one..

 

The grey thing behind the 2 helicopter is Retrokit's external fuel tank ... going on the US Helicopter. Not sure how I'm going to load out the Netherlands one yet ... waiting for ShelfOddity's Sidewinders to come.

 

 

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Stone the crow's, how do you work on stuff that small? I find 72nd a push for my fat digits and failing eyes.

I salute you sir!

 

Matt

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2 minutes ago, S5 modeller said:

Stone the crow's, how do you work on stuff that small? I find 72nd a push for my fat digits and failing eyes.

I salute you sir!

 

Matt

With great difficulty and a lot of care. I've had to leave a few traces of sprue stub on the things that come out of the engines for fear of breaking them.

 

Thanks for your encouragement!

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On 14/08/2017 at 6:25 PM, Flag_overlord said:

With great difficulty and a lot of care. I've had to leave a few traces of sprue stub on the things that come out of the engines for fear of breaking them.

 

Thanks for your encouragement!

Actually, if you think the Apache's are small, I've got 2 of these lined up:

 

35823529663_c9d88b8a81.jpgIMG_20170817_172623 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

(White Ensign Models Dash QH-50C ASW drones...

 

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Not been doing a lot of work on the 'copters at the moment, focussing more on the bases:

 

2 Tesco value hot chocolates lids:

 

35797642984_57cd4064f3.jpgIMG_20170814_184953 by Stephen North, on Flickr


Covered in modelling clay:

36494725841_0bf57150e9.jpgIMG_20170814_192848 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

Sides painted black, with Tamiya earth paint:

35797635764_dfaebaa623.jpgIMG_20170817_165421 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

One of the Apaches on for a test:

36632431685_5f087a3e95.jpgIMG_20170817_172104 by Stephen North, on Flickr

 

 

You'll see just below the Hellfires that'll be going on the US Version ... had problems getting the decals for the rings on, so painted in 154Humbrol, plan to tidy up later tonight when I can find my very narrow masking tape...

 

 

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 Looking very good there Flag_Overlord. I built this myself a while ago, it was an enjoyable build. Yours is looking really good however. :) looking forward to seeing more. I've got a few blackhawks, those fuel tanks might be perfect.

 

  Kind Regards,

 

  Dazz

 

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21 hours ago, Dazzio said:

 

 Looking very good there Flag_Overlord. I built this myself a while ago, it was an enjoyable build. Yours is looking really good however. :) looking forward to seeing more. I've got a few blackhawks, those fuel tanks might be perfect.

 

  Kind Regards,

 

  Dazz

 

Hi Dazz,

 

Thanks for the encouragement, I'm having fun (?) trying to get the other fins on the Maverick at the moment, and I've still got at least 2 sidewinders to do... The fuel tanks come in packs of four, I'll have some left (they are designed for use on Apaches and UH-60s. I've promised someone else first refusal, but if he doesn't want them, do you want me to let you know?
(I won't be contacting him until the builds are complete though..)

 

Link here anyway:

https://retrokitonline.net/product/230-gallon-fuel-tanks-uh-60s-ah-64s/

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   I have seen the Mavericks from Shelf Oddities and where put off, I dont think they'd last long with me.  I do have many Mavericks from different manufactures in my stash, think the best ones is probably the ones you get in the Revell 1/144 F-18D or the A-10.  Sidewinders are pretty good from anywhere really, except the early Dragon kits, avoid them like the plague! 

 

  Thank you for the Retrokit link, for some reason I can't order from them!  I've bought loads of bits from them before, however the website now says that they can't ship to me... I'm waiting on the webmaster to get back to me on that one.  It would be great to have second refusal on those tanks if possible?  Of course I will pay shipping and what-have-not. :)

 

  Kind Regards,

 

  Dazz

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On 26/08/2017 at 11:09 PM, Dazzio said:

 

   I have seen the Mavericks from Shelf Oddities and where put off, I dont think they'd last long with me.  I do have many Mavericks from different manufactures in my stash, think the best ones is probably the ones you get in the Revell 1/144 F-18D or the A-10.  Sidewinders are pretty good from anywhere really, except the early Dragon kits, avoid them like the plague! 

 

  Thank you for the Retrokit link, for some reason I can't order from them!  I've bought loads of bits from them before, however the website now says that they can't ship to me... I'm waiting on the webmaster to get back to me on that one.  It would be great to have second refusal on those tanks if possible?  Of course I will pay shipping and what-have-not. :)

 

  Kind Regards,

 

  Dazz

Hi Dazz,

 

Think I know what you mean about the Mavericks - the carpet monster has had enough of the really small end tailfins to keep it happy for a while!

 

I'll let you know ASAP about the tanks ... 

 

 

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