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AH-64 Apache

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This is the Hasegawa 1/72 scale AH-64 Apache. The kit,like most other 72nd scale Hasegawa kits is really good. Fine molded recessed panel lines, and very little clean-up from seams is required. I wasn't going to add any extra's, and build it OOB, but their were a coupld of missing items, mainly what I added extra was the cyclic controls. Other than that,it is OOB. I painted the cockpit three different shades of flat black. Decals are provided for the instruments, and this is where I ran into some problems. As with most kit supplied decals, they don't respond well at all to setting solutions, and this is no exception here. I used Micro-sol after I applied the decals. The edges turned up and curled and even shrunk a little. I could not recover it at this point, as they were to soft. So I just let it go.
Other than that, it's all stright forward and a good kit to build.

(Below) The parts tree's layed out.

(above) Front view of the Apache. Fuselage assembled with the pylons added. I filled and sanded the seams, then painted on gray primer to show any imperfections.

(below) Here i've drilled out the holes for the Hellfire rockets.

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I sprayed the basecoat with Testors Helo drab. After I let it dry for about three days, I noticed some flaws, so I resanded these with 600 grit paper. I then re-sprayed it a second coat.

(Below) The cockpit tub assembled with the decals added.

(above)The right side view

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Here I've scraped off the molded in grab rails and made new ones with small dia. wire.