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AH-64 British Army Afghanistan Kit

Academy 1/72 AH-64 British Army Afghanistan Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2016 Manufacturer Academy
Subject AH-64 British Army Afghanistan Scale 1/72
Kit Number 12537 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Easy construction, nice detailing Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $33.00

First Look

AH-64 British Army Afghanistan Kit
AH-64 British Army Afghanistan Kit
AH-64 British Army Afghanistan Kit
AH-64 British Army Afghanistan Kit

When the British Army sought a new attack helicopter, it received a variety of proposals but it eventually selected the Boeing AH-64D Longbow Apache. The British Apaches look like the American equivalents, but these aircraft built from kits by Augusta Westland (and initially designated WAH-64) are powered by Rolls Royce Turbomeca engines and featured folding rotor blades for operations from warships. Look closer and you'll see a variety of small sensors around the aircraft for the defensive system installed. These aircraft have seen combat operations in Afghanistan and Libya.

Last year, Academy released their nice new-tool AH-64D Longbow Apache kit and this kit is that same kit plus the addition of a new tree of parts containing the aforementioned sensors.

The kit is molded in light gray styrene presented on three parts trees plus a small tree of clear parts. Among the features and options:

  • Nice cockpits
  • Multi-Function Displays (MFD) in front and rear cockpits
  • Assymetrical extended forward avionics bays (EFAB)
  • One-piece main rotor w/blades
  • Distinctive defensive system sensors around airframe
  • 8 x AGM-114 Hellfires on two quad-rail launchers
  • 2 x CVR7 rocket pods

The kit provides markings for your choice of 66 different aircraft plus a nice array of airframe and weapons systems.

This is another nice release from Academy to enhance your scale flightline.

My sincere thanks to MRC for this sample!

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