It's raining, it's pouring, and so the painting of the Tomcat has to take the backseat for a few days.
What a great excuse to spin up my Apache build.
The inspiration for this came pretty out of the blue, with a lovely photo spread of 12th CAB Apaches operating in Central and Eastern Europe. These are AH-64D Block II Apaches, all equipped with the distinctive upturned exhausts (which necessitated going with the Hasegawa AH-64E kit). The absolutely battered finishes is what drew me to these - though I'm not sure why a European unit would have such weary-looking choppers. My going theory is maybe they rotated back from some time in the Middle East. Whatever the case - a fun and challenging paint job awaits!
Aftermarket for these things...doesn't exist. Not really. There's Eduard PE, which, eh. And there's an Aires cockpit, which honestly aside from the seats doesn't bring enough additional detail to be worth the pain of installing it.
So I'm stealing the seats. But man, some tires, some seats with better molded texture, etc would be very welcome.
The seatbelts are a pain. Reference pics I've got show the shoulder harnesses stored tight along the sides of the seat, so I've done that here using some 1mm Aizu tape. I suffered the PE for the lap belts though.
Primer! Black Badger stylerez or whatever it's called. I still prefer my Mr Surfacer 1500, but for areas where you have to get into all kinds of nooks and crannies, this stuff and its magic leveling abilities are fantastic.