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27 minutes ago, Sarathi S. said:

 

Holy cow that rocks, how did you get the TEDAC screen to function?

Had it professionally built. Going to go directly into the cockpit for the DCS AH-64D Blk 2. Very fun module to fly!

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3 hours ago, utley said:

Had it professionally built. Going to go directly into the cockpit for the DCS AH-64D Blk 2. Very fun module to fly!

Dayum!   That looks amazing. 

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Work now continues on the AH-64E as of today. Spent a few hours working on the 3D parts and within a few minutes, dazed and confused -AGAIN - by the Takom instructions. I SHALL PREVAIL. I also corrected the pylons being dissimilar as one side was set to cruise flight while the other was set for ground stow.

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Also have my new "studio" to work and paint in. Ive decided I am going to close the hatch on the avionics bays and the doors, but will have the blade fold kit installed. Might keep the engines open, still debating on whether or not to use the 3D printed Quintas avionics bay decals on this one too. Ill start working those very soon on another kit and see just how difficult it would be to work them into this one so Im still undecided on the avionics bays on this one. Since I cannot fix the alignment problem with the cockpit door post, the cabin will be closed.

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Back to work on the first E I started. Got the RFI and the Longbow done, finished building the main hub. Also test fit the blades last night and wow...they fit perfectly to my amazement, so going to paint all this up tonight and prepare the blade fold kit as well. Not going to glue the mast down until the last moment, but also getting the smaller details finished on this one. It doesnt look all that great all things considered that mistakes were made, but absolutely should work with the overall wear and tear Im going to detail in. Never could figure out why the armored plate fits poorly as theres nothing wrong with the alignment of the cockpit, but decided to remove it and close the canopy up. Its for the best.

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Since the last time I posted, a flashlight wand I was using landed on my first E kit and smashed up the tail end really good. Its not all busted up, but the tail end will be a delicate task of rework now since I have to pull out some spares from my butt to install here. Busted a main really good too, but thankfully not much else to report on. Im going to put this thing in a corner for a bit and figure out what Im going to do with it and for the meantime Ill get the Saraf completed. Ive a few booboos to work out on that kit too, but nothing quite that serious either. Started putting the blade stowage kits together. This is the model that has the canopy alignment issue OOB, so no rush fixing it.

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Got the avionics bay for the Saraf completed. This kit was the Quintas Avionics Suite for the Meng model, so had to do some VERY MINOR surgery for it to work. Nothing big, just cut some small things off and placed them where they belonged. Otherwise great fit.

 

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took to the engine bays on the Saraf today to bust some work out on the nacelles.  Engine fit as well to see how well things fit, and so far so good.

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Another update on the Saraf:

 

120 gal fuel tanks added to the wings via neodymium magnets as well as the Spike NLOS antenna. The spike system is currently in work at the moment with a few problems being sorted out with new stuff...now to figure out why my Apache is sitting crooked.

 

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Decided to build an extra set of engines to replace in one of my builds. Think it looks better than the others by far...still have to put the hydro and fuel lines on and some detailing later.

 

Edit: finished connecting all the lines and managed to FINALLY get them all in the correct spot without breaking anything, losing anything, or smudging anything.

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I think you've exhausted the after market kits good job I know its a lot of work and sometimes purchasing from questionable sources to get what you want. The DCS world is something I am fighting to stay way from if I go down that rabbit hole ill end up with a scrap Harrier cockpit in my rec room! your kits looking sick with detail great to see your taking it to the next level. The next poor slob that builds an Apache has some big shoes to fill.

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Thanks for the kind words, Dave!

 Anyways, update...got the Saraf wings ready with some detachable pylons. On this Saraf I will have the open pylons with the Spike NLOS on the o/b rails and fuel tanks inboard. Mind you these will all be detachable, so I will have some rocket pods and hellfire racks made up for them as well, but these examples are ready for painting. I also had fixed the landing gear struts as either I mislocated one strut when I glued it or it just popped out when I set it down after gluing it. Will be probably replacing the gear with a set from Simone Plai here shortly provided I just dont just rush and glue the avionics bays to the helicopter. Getting to that point where I just want this thing finished, and this is the part where I ultimately just give up because I screwed something up because Im impatient.

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At a great stopping point on the Saraf while I wait on some parts to arrive by snail mail. Apparently, Takom forgot to model the armored plating on the bottom of the ships that most apaches are equipped with, so I have new pieces being fabricated for that as well as new landing gears. Meanwhile, I fixed the tail section from the E that was crushed under my flashlight a few weeks ago and it came out better than it was before. Its nice to have a spares box when you can afford it...

 

I will likely have the E done in the next few weeks sans weapons. The E will not have removable weapons pylons, but the Saraf will. Will see what I can do to make the weapons racks themselves removable, but for now the pylons are permanent.

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Getting closer to finishing these two up. The E (shown with canopy) is farthest along, going with closed avionics bays and unfolded rotors. Decided today that the Saraf will have the folded rotors, so those got started today. Staked half the wrong blades so I have to pull the pins out of two of them, but minor minor fix. Closing the lids on the E with the engines being opened, small stuff remaining before final prep and painting. My E isnt going to look the prettiest as there were some mistakes made with it being a highly complicated kit with garbage instructions, but sure wont look horrible either.
Going to wait a few weeks until some new stuff comes for my Saraf before finishing it, but once that stuff gets here it should be relatively quick to finish then its on to the weapons. Have a long way to go on both of these ships with the weapons as I havent really started them yet.
 
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Anyone well versed in the art of black basing? Would like to know how best to proceed with this style as Ive never used it before but going to try this time around.

 

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small update: started painting the first apache this past weekend. Im trying out this black basing technique, and since this one is the practice model its of course not going to look the best...doesnt mean I cant try, right? Anyways, this is the first layer of OD Green. I would like to know how you expert weathering painters would approach this. Im going to follow up with thinned out shades of a lighter olive drab color on certain panels, lay heavier (but not that heavy) OD green on some panels to indicate spot repairs on worn areas, and follow up with a last coat of OD Green to pull it all together. Also realized that I should just keep the major assemblies off of the model until AFTER Ive painted them individually because there are some tight spots that I should have thought about that I didnt. Still waiting on parts to come in for my Saraf so its on hold until further notice.

 

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