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Acadamy AH64D Longbow

Acadamy's AH64D Longbow in 1/48 scale is based on thier -A model, and includes the upgraded parts needed to make the Delta version, leaving you with several leftover parts. The kit has a mix of raised and recessed panel lines, an A cockpit, vinyl tires and nice external detail. There is a major difference here; the kit gives you the early configuration, but I modeled the late configuration with air conditioning packs at the ends of each bulge.

I made the Cobra style air data probes, which are fitted to the nacelles of later-model -D's. I also had to change the instrument panels to represent the modern Cathode Ray Tubes instead of the old round guages and 80s vintage instrumentation. The seats received Fuzzi Fur "lambskins" and True Details belts.

The fuel tank is from some old jet wingtip tank and I had to cut it down to the right size and shape. The finish is overall FS 34086 Green Drab with decals applied and a custom mix of US ARMY/Marines Gulf Armor Sand and other sand colors,applied over the green. Rubber cement was applied here and there before the Sand went on. Removing this reveals the green below, for that "flaked-off" effect. I applied an oil wash over this and sanded the paint to remove it fromthe high spots and give it a really beaten up look, and then drybrushed with Sand. I made all the buttplugs for the intake/exhausts and added Verlinden RBF tags.

Notice the exhaust covers.

Nice outside closeup shot.

Flaky, faded and oil-soaked paint.

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