AH-64 Apache - Part One
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The phone rang, so I answered it.
Frank was calling, and wanted to know if I would be
interested in building him a 1/48 scale AH-64 Apache Attack Chopper. I had
recently finished a couple of 1/32 scale helicopters for another client so
I said yes.
It's been over a decade since I built this model, so I really can't go
into much detail as to how I hand crafted all of the parts. "You just have
to let the photos tell the story."
Thjs model started out life as the Monogram 1/48 scale AH-64 Apache.
I began working on the two engines, and made several
revisions. I don't recall who made the photo etched screens, but they were
steel instead of brass.
These photos show the revised additions to several areas on the aft
section of the fuselage. I have forgotten what the little white box is,
which I built and attached to the "aft" left side of the fuselage. The
screen material which I used on this model seems very large in these
photos. However, this is due to my extreme 35mm close up shots.
This photo shows all the extra parts I made for the tail rotor.
In these close ups, you will note that I re-scribed all the panel lines.
All of the raised rivets were sanded off, and were replaced, using my fine
sharp pointed needle in a little pin vise. I used brass for all of the
hand and foot holds.
To take a look at my tools, please go to the Large Scale Planes web site,
click on "Tips & Techniques," then look for "My Tools."
Part Two will show the main rotor, and several other interesting items.
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by Rodney Williams
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25 March, 2004
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