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Academy 1/72 Apache AH-64A

The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement, and a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew. Originally, the Apache started life as the Model 77 developed by Hughes Helicopters for the United States Army’s Advanced Attack Helicopter program to replace the AH-1 Cobra, and was first flown on 30 September 1975. The AH-64 was introduced to U.S. Army service in April 1986.

The AH-64 Apache features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30-millimeter (1.2┬áin) M230 Chain Gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage. It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has a large amount of systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.

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The Kit:

  • Detailed 1/72nd scale for static display only.
  • Markings included for one aircraft. 98 parts in olive green and clear with delicate recessed panel lines.
  • Accurately reproduced rotor head and 4-blade rotor system.
  • Detailed tail rotor, landing gear, chain gun, and realistic PVC tires.
  • Cockpit detail: one piece tub with side consoles, seats, instrument panels with raised detail.
  • Full complement of Hellfire missiles. Service History: U.S. Army; from 1983 to present. Description: Two seat, attack helicopter.

MARKING OPTIONS:

  • Single sheet of decals which contains national insignia, unit markings, and stencils.
  • Aircraft is from an unidentified unit of the Israeli armed forces. Overall: Olive Drab.

The 1:72 Apache AH-64A from Academy is very nice subject for a weekend build. It also makes a nice gift to the beginner modeler. The parts count is not really high, the level of detail is great and at $10.99 (USD), you can’t complaint. For the more advanced modeler with the super detail and after market syndrome, I have seen gems made with this kit as a base. The parts a very clean free of flash and notable mold lines to clean off. Enjoy the pictures!

George Collazo
George Collazo
George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.
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