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