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  1. Yeah, I forgot about the whole issue with the FAA and FBW. It should have gotten certification, but ended up not going through so now it is DCMA only.
  2. Wow! Great photos. I think you had asked what the black disc near the cockpit windows was, my guess is underwater beacon. Also interesting that it looks like all the windows were enlarged except for that aft bubble window. Likely has to do with the MGB frames in that area.
  3. This is very impressive. I work with drawings that are only 20-50 years old sometimes and have been converted to digital copies. It can be a nightmare. Mistakes get even further compounded as we move to model based building and have both 2D and 3D versions of part data that sometimes don’t match, and I have access to the actual tech data! Great job dealing with parallax of the photos as well.
  4. Well, I’m finishing up finals this week and will have some time to work on a passion project of mine. I was an Apache Mechanic and Crew chief in the Army and deployed to Afghanistan 7/2010-7/2011. After that I was back in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor performing phase maintenance in 2012. I’m starting with this excellent looking kit and a few upgrades. The Aires cockpit looks pretty nice so far and the Eduard photo etch does too. There are a few issues with the accuracy of this kit though. Specifically with the engine nacelles and some of the other panels. Another issue is
  5. The American Helicopter Museum is near me and has one of the prototypes. American Helicopter Museum you may be able to contact them.
  6. The upturned exhaust is part of a very large fit out called ASPI. We fitted ours at 4 ID before going to Afghanistan in 2010. (US Army) At the time I was told we were one of the first units to outfit ours. It includes a lot more heat shields and modifications than you would think and adds much more weight. The scoops also create a ton of drag. The goal of the upturned exhaust was to disperse the heat signature and replace the fragile ALQ-144. I’m not sure how necessary those types of countermeasures are currently. You may not see ASPI installed on these aircraft.
  7. Blades are all made by Sikorsky in the Stratford plant for every current model. Pretty impressive setup there.
  8. I follow a Current AH-64E Pilot that takes tons of high-res photos on his Instagram. I’m currently measuring a late block II Academy set (Also has some problems) to make a 1/48 version for my AH-64D hasegawa kit. I worked on Apaches in the Army. Also asked some friends to send what they have as I lost a lot of pictures. What I do have here
  9. Right, I meant first North American certified fly-by-wire helicopter. Sorry about that.
  10. They certainly are noisy. The CH-148 Cyclone is a bit worse though. I used to fly on them without an interior. The cyclones are similar, but under the panels they are completely different aircraft. Amazing amount of tech in them and the first fielded fly-by-wire aircraft.
  11. Yup, we ran only the outboard stores due to weight. Too heavy otherwise. We didn’t have the blanking plates for the inboard pylons on a lot of our birds. Always had to be careful around those stabilizing discs.
  12. I found *most of the Mosquito maintenance manual. Including the structural repair manual Here post #25 has the manuals. The screens appear to have just been a passive anti-ice measure. They would prevent large pieces of ice from forming on the intake and being ingested. There wasn’t much in the way of anti-ice on wwii aircraft. I would assume that once warmed up there wasn’t much of an issue with carburetor icing on those engines.
  13. No problem. I'm collecting photos from most of the people I deployed with. We had late Block IIs and were one of the first units with ASPI and Blue force tracker/ CMMWS. Photos You can also see in those that US Army Helos had a white stripe on each blade. Right in the middle about a foot wide, only on top.
  14. Hi Loach, I know this is old, but the Apache main rotor is Helo-drab. I was an AH-64 Mech 3-2010 to 5-2012 The paint used is actually called CARC. We used color code 34031, which is "lusterless" flat Helo drab. It fades and gets patchy from on the spot touch up with a spray can. Oil staining darkens it back to an almost black. I probably have some good pictures somewhere.
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