APACHE AH-64D JGSDF ATTACK HELICOPTER HASEGAWA 1/48

This is the helicopter model I built for the first time, in May 2015.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 BOX PACKAGERecently, sometimes I’m making modern tanks and airplanes, but not yet touched any Japanese Modern military forces. This time I choose to make this attack helicopter, the Apache of Japan Ground Self Defense Force. This kit was released in limited production from Hasegawa that is based on the US Apache kit.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGQuite a large number of parts have jammed tightly in a box. I accustomed to make tank kit which has many parts so it’s not a big deal, still, I felt it’s many compared to the aircraft model.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGNow I’m making a cockpit. I was surprised by the body size and took a shot of it.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGTwo figures are the same parts, only changed the right arm. There are many burrs and hard to file them. After painting and sit them in the cockpit, good feeling.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGI attached decals with decal-softer after gloss black paint. On the gloss paint is nice adhesion.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGI ignored the procedure and assembly of the helicopter wing first as I got the impact of this size. Maybe I need to find some display space all over my house after completed. Tank kit space needs smaller after completed and become save space, but the airplane needs larger.
(06-May-2015)

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGI painted the inside in black as the indication.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGIt was very difficult to joint the left and right big parts. Hard to fix the location of the cockpit and the rotor. First, I thought it would be easy positioning for using the instant adhesive, but not going well. I tried to fit in the only rotor, and next fitting, only cockpit to confirm the gap, after some challenges I could find the best position of total adhesion.
Initially, I use Tamiya pouring cement, but it is not as strong as Creos one, I change to Creos on the way. Firstly I tried to fix the parts cleanly, but in the end, I only mind to assemble stoutly. I wonder other modelers feel these process difficult. Well, I think there is something like tips. I’m very worried to reach the goal at this stage.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGAssembly of the machine gun positioned on the lower body was a complicated mechanism, I could not understand the explanation. I checked three side picture of paint indication and use my imagination to make it. Maybe I think there’s not so big mistake…

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGThere are lots of detailed rivet mold close to the joint. I’ll care as much as possible not to give damage to the rivets. The best way is the fine-tipped file, something thin stick attached sandpaper is best, I suppose.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGI don’t understand how to mount the main rotor parts, especially the diagonal frame, I think the explanation of the indication manual is not good enough. I checked on the internet for real machine photo, but more complex….. Mounting in the half guess, too. Anyway, this area good looking detailed mechanism.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGI felt it’s almost completed after mounting engines, wings, and many large parts. There are many small remaining parts for the goal. The manual is like compressed to small space layout and hard to read.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGMaybe the only small work was left before outside painting. The photo is just finished all the parts in the cockpit and painted in black. Now I’m masking the canopy. The canopy was polished with compound on the outside and inside.
(09-May-2015)

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGThe base of the tail rotor’s illustrated explanation in the manual was also difficult to understand for me. I need to attach many small parts in the final phase of the assembly, but the looks were not drastically changed and my motivation was not kept high.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGThe parts located in the runner flame of this kit is complicated without any basic pattern. For example, tank kit all-wheel parts are gathered to one runner. This kit required a detailed plan as I needed to open so many holes in the parts. It’s my first time to make the helicopter and had a quite puzzled feeling without basic structure knowledge.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGI assembled very carefully not to give damage to many small rivets on the delicate parts while filing the gate.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGThere are a lot of yellow character decals on the missiles. It’s difficult to paste decals after mounting all the missiles, it’s good timing to blow black again.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGBrown part of the camouflage paint, there is an indication that No.12 olive drab and No.21 middle stone mixed color, but it wasn’t good color taste, I adjusted adding No.22 dark earth, I suppose it’s a good conclusion.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGWell, only painted masking sol and like completed good camouflage. This sol is sticky, hard to peel off.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGContinuing camouflage, the next step is a small black pattern, masking over the green.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGCamouflage paint was finished in good taste.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGIt didn’t make dirty inside the cockpit like my making Russian Flanker last time, but apparently, very little masking sol penetrated the inner on the cockpit panel rim. I think I’ll re-paint the frame thicker to hide it, I hope it’s almost no problem after attaching the window wiper.
(21-May-2015)

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKJapan Ground Self Defense Force began the deployment of AH-64D (Apache Longbow) from 2005. Licensed production was scheduled initially 62 aircrafts deployment in nine years, but it was suspended only 13 aircrafts procurement. Unfortunately, this plan was substantially failed.
It is regrettable to hear this kind of story because it’s quite a high-performance machine. Only 13 aircraft is not enough anti-tank forces, even it’s not one wing group.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKOh, I have forgotten to place the object of comparison together in some photos. Overall length is about 33 centimeters, it’s also 33cm from the edge of the rotor blade to the other end. 1/48 scale modern aircraft is a large and powerful impression. You can feel the size more when looking at the photo in the making section.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKAfter assembling this kit, I could understand the shape more, before making I have only vague images of this aircraft. The three-dimensional model helps our 3D sense deepen, (only appearance).

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKCamouflage paint is large vertical stripes of brown and green. A pattern of small black enters here and there.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThere are some lenses on the top, called the Arrowhead system, it is a device that supports the all-weather combat capability. There’s no paint indication of it in this manual so I referred the box art and painted some lenses rim in red.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe top round object is the Longbow Fire Control Radar. This radar can instruct individual attack within the range of 6-10km. We can say it’s the biggest feature of this helicopter.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe missile is a guided missile called Hellfire II. The next tube-like beehive is the Hydra 70 · 70mm rocket launcher stores 19 rockets.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKI did weathering only washing in dark color.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKAfter washing in a dark color, small rivets are showing up.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThere is a small blue warning light on the right side, (left in red) these small parts give a detailed impression of the kit.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKApache has an armament of M230 30mm chain-gun on the berry of his body. The maximum cartridge is 1200 rounds. I suppose 1200 is very quick a couple of automatic fire.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe left side of the window, I mistook to attach blot of plastic glue. I felt so sorry.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKI could recover the accidental point of the front window inside infiltration of the masking sol when attached the wiper and paint the thicker frame. I relieved it…

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKI did hard-working on the cockpit, especially some green CRT monitor. At first, my photo was not a good shot, this is using a flashlight to force lighten the inside.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKTop of the rocket and missile has shining parts, it’s a nice accent.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKMain rotor’s structure is complicated and mechanical, good looking. I did drybrush on the edge of them in metallic color.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKI show you this underside when displaying it’s almost hiding. The red sun is a very small round.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKOne more shot of the underside of the tail.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKRotor blades are slightly hanging when the helicopter is on the ground. I bent these large blades in warm water and curved very carefully.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKFragile parts are attached to the up, down, left and right side everywhere, holding position is very limited. It is a delicate aircraft than I had been thinking.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThis eye-level shot is best seen and strong visual, I suppose.

JGSDF AH-64D APACHE HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThis kit has many hard to understand part and I may take some mistakes. Eventually, it goes nicely camouflage paint I really like it. In fact, there is one more Apache in my stock that is US original version. I don’t mind taking this so soon, someday I would like to challenge it. This is my first helicopter plastic model and I enjoyed it very much!
(25-May-2015)

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