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  1. They are definitely painted. Those components are all alloy of some type, aluminum mostly. Steel would be far too heavy. Here's a good close up image. The dark parts are all painted the same Helo-drab color as the airframe. The mast is stainless or CRES. All the bare metal parts are titanium I believe. Rotor blades are flat black.
  2. Excellent job! 1/72 is hard to get the details right, but this looks pretty good as it's one of few existing kits. I worked extensively on the 148 at the facility that we made them. I have a lot of photos, but most likely not things I could share. Would love to see a kit for this or the S-92 in the future.
  3. So, Interesting fact about the Apache rotor head. That is called the droop-stop ring, and it prevents the rotor hub from drooping excessively when not turning. The "pins" have springs behind them and that piece is only held onto the rotor head by those pins. It is a completely free-floating piece.
  4. Wow, those look awesome! I wasn't able to get to these with life getting in the way. Moving, new job, etc. Getting back into modeling again now that things have slowed down. Need to pick up those exhausts!
  5. Depends on which version you are trying to replicate. I know all the US Apaches are just the same Helo-drab color as the rest of the airframe. I believe Israel may paint them tan.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. The American Helicopter Museum is near me and has one of the prototypes. American Helicopter Museum you may be able to contact them.
  11. 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.
  12. Blades are all made by Sikorsky in the Stratford plant for every current model. Pretty impressive setup there.
  13. 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
  14. Right, I meant first North American certified fly-by-wire helicopter. Sorry about that.
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