The US Army AH-64 Apache is a popular modelling subject. It's safe to state that most modellers have a completed model proudly on display or on their to-do list, waiting in their kit stash. With several variants available in popular scales, thankfully, there's no shortage of options.
Martin Vochoc graciously submitted photos and information about his excellent build. He modeled Academy's 1/72 scale AH-64A, depicting an Apache during Operation "Iraqi Freedom" 2003. Martin told me he spent more than a year to build and finish his highly-detailed Apache, scratch-building intricate detail along the Apache's fuselage. He opened the port and starboard engine bays to reveal strikingly accurate General Electric T-700-GE701 turbines, wires, and interior panels. Also highly represented are various avionics and maintenance hatch interiors as well.
Martin advised me that he detailed the kit using Edward Zoom photo-etched parts, "Remove Before Flight" tags and Wolf Pack decals. He finished his Apache with custom mixed camouflage colors from the Gunze H and C lines. Martin used Vallejo acrylics to paint small parts and other details. Check out the photos below.
I was truly impressed by the craftsmanship, accuracy and attention to detail that went into Martin's 'OIF' Apache. Martin told me the following, "I really enjoyed all the construction and I still have another unfinished Apache in my stash (Royal British WAH-64D). But now I'm fully busy with an F-111!"
I was inspired to try my hand at opening a few panels and hatches on my personal builds here in the MH shop!
Martin Vochoc is a fellow master pattern-maker for Army Cast M & M's 1/72 scale line of resin accessories from the Czech Republic. You can find them at their website: www.armycast.cz