This is the helicopter model I built for the first time, in May 2015.
Recently, 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.
I 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.
It 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.
Assembly 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…
There 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.
I 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.
I 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.
Maybe 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Brown 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.
It 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.
Japan 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.
Oh, 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.
There 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.
This 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!
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.