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AH-64D Apache Longbow
The world reknowned tank-busting, laser guided missile flinging, ever intimidating AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter comes to life in LEGO, without losing a single bit of its Bad-Ass factor ;)
About this creation
Finished! :D I have completed my build of the Boeing/McDonnell-Douglas/Hughes AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. I will most likely update these pictures over the next few days or so and add some details and adjust some things, but here it is! I am very surprised at how fast I was able to put this together, and how it was relatively easy to do. I have avoided doing an Apache for quite some time due to my belief that it would be a very challenging and time-consuming build, but it ended up posing very little of a challenge overall (though there were a few areas I struggled with).



In the late 70's, the US Army called for an attack helicopter to replace the AH-1 Cobra. It had to have range, speed, surviveability, and heavy firepower to engage Soviet armor and vehicles and go toe-to-toe with Warsaw Pact helicopters, such as the MI-24 Hind.





Hughes responded with the AH-64 Apache, which could be equipped with a multitude of air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles and a wide array of avionics and systems. It had the muscle to go tank busting, but the agility and speed to engage in air-to-air battles as well.




And with advanced avionics systems such as TFIR and FLIR, the Apache could perform both night and all weather attack roles. Under the new command of McDonnell-Douglas, the AH-64 was upgraded to the AH-64D in the early 90's, receiving the Longbow radar and target designation system, thus gaining the name "Apache Longbow".



The Apache is currently undergoing further development and improvement bu Boeing under the designation AH-64E Guardian Apache



I am also working on different variants and camouflage designs of the Apache:

Such as this representation of the Israeli Air Force AH-64D,

and this AH-64A in a USMC style camouflage. Though it may look a bit out of place on an Apache, the Marine Corps style camouflage pattern did make its way onto a select few AH-64As in 2003 during the Iraq war. It also saw usage during tests run by the Corps in their search for an attack helicopter to replace its aging fleet of AH-1W "Whiskey" Cobras. The Corps ultimately decided to stick with their original plan, opting to instead invest in the AH-1Z Viper (an ugraded version of the AH-1W), versus attempting to convert AH-64s for maritime service.

I also have created a Digital Arctic style camouflage,

and a JGSDF (Japan Ground Self Defense Force)AH-64D Apache Longbow exported variant in tiger stripe camouflage. It is veerryyy blocky and not nearly as smooth and flowing as I would have hoped, but it is still an interesting concept


All my alternate and camoed versions lined up and ready for action!




Reason for the build stems from a poll I did on my Flickr page as to which helicopter I should build next. Inspiration for shaping, scale, and some areas is drawn from Mad Physicist's and Psiaki's AH-64As, as well as Everblack's, BrickMonkey's, and SnuffWuzz's AH-64D Longbows (I would suggest checking those guys out on Flickr :D)

Please feel free to comment any CC of possible improvements, as I try to make my builds as accurate as possible.

I hope everyone likes it! :D





(PS)-I have noted the nose and TADS system is a bit long, but I could not find a better solution without completely altering the construction of the nose :P



Comments

 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
Hello! Fantastic work on this piece! would it be possible to leave instructions for this creation? thanks!
 I made it 
  April 17, 2014
Quoting That guy you saw earlier Great Apaches! I love the different colour schemes too :)
Thank you! I always enjoy messing around with different variations and color schemes on things. These were some of the best I've been able to do yet!
 I made it 
  April 17, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great work! These models are nicely done. Great proportions and detail.
Thanks! It took a lot of re-working of the design to get a shape that looked correct haha.
 I like it 
  April 15, 2014
Great Apaches! I love the different colour schemes too :)
 I like it 
  April 7, 2014
Great work! These models are nicely done. Great proportions and detail.
 I made it 
  March 23, 2014
Quoting TF Twitch The details missing depends on which lot of which block you are trying to represent. Although on top of the vertical stabilizer there is a whip antenna missing, which was on all Apaches.
I have since added in some new details, including the antenna on the tail. I have no idea how I missed that in all the pictures I used for modeling this .-. Anyways, the variant I am going for is a later Block II version of the Apache (mid-late 90's)
  March 22, 2014
The details missing depends on which lot of which block you are trying to represent. Although on top of the vertical stabilizer there is a whip antenna missing, which was on all Apaches.
 I made it 
  March 21, 2014
Quoting TF Twitch As a former Apache mechanic in the Army, I gotta say that this is very accurate. It IS missing a lot of the later mods that are on the later lots of Block II aircraft, such as the ASPI system, but it is definitely recognizable. I approve. What would be the possibility of acquiring the LDD file please?
Thank you very much! :) I am glad you like it! As for the details I am missing, would you mind elaborating a bit? I would love to try and incorporate as many as possible and make the whole thing more accurate. I didn't really have any plans to make the file available, but for someone who has served (especially someone who helped keep these beasts flying), I would gladly make an exception :)
 I made it 
  March 21, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Terrific. Great Hellfire missiles and Israeli paint.
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Superb work! I love the Apache and this is a great Lego version of it. Great colour schemes too!
Quoting Harry Gravett Awesome work, very nicely shaped!
Thanks everyone! :)
 I like it 
  March 21, 2014
Awesome work, very nicely shaped!
 I like it 
  March 21, 2014
Superb work! I love the Apache and this is a great Lego version of it. Great colour schemes too!
 I like it 
  March 21, 2014
Terrific. Great Hellfire missiles and Israeli paint.
 I like it 
  March 21, 2014
As a former Apache mechanic in the Army, I gotta say that this is very accurate. It IS missing a lot of the later mods that are on the later lots of Block II aircraft, such as the ASPI system, but it is definitely recognizable. I approve. What would be the possibility of acquiring the LDD file please?
 I made it 
  March 20, 2014
Quoting Luke V VERY NICELY DONE MY FRIEND!!! Now you need this with my transport helicopter flying as a group... that would make a nice picture. The only thing I can see wrong with this is that is looks a little stretched horizontally. The nose and cockpit more so...
Thanks! :D You are right, the whole thing is a bit long (by scale it is about 1 1/2 studs too long), and it is probably because the whole nose and TADS system area is too long. But I'm too lazy to try and fix it XD It's good enough for me! lol
 I made it 
  March 20, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Great job! The shape and angles all look just right, and the ordnance looks great as well.
Thank you! I'm glad the ordnance looks decent. The Hellfires and hydra pods took almost as much thought and playing with different pieces as it did to make the whole thing, haha!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2014
VERY NICELY DONE MY FRIEND!!! Now you need this with my transport helicopter flying as a group... that would make a nice picture. The only thing I can see wrong with this is that is looks a little stretched horizontally. The nose and cockpit more so... Here is a good reference picture: http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs31/f/2008/191/e/7/WAH_64D_Apache_Longbow_by_SgtNathan.jpg
 I like it 
  March 20, 2014
Great job! The shape and angles all look just right, and the ordnance looks great as well.
 I made it 
  March 20, 2014
Quoting Michael K. Perfect, I love the weapons.
Thanks! The Hellfires took me a while to figure out something that looked good, but didn't look like something everyone had already done before. I'm not so keen on the M230 though, and I might update it to look a bit more rugged and sturdy
 I made it 
  March 20, 2014
Quoting Justin Davies Good job! If I might make a suggestion on a variant, there were three proposals in the late 1980's for a navalized Apache to operate off of ships. Here's a link to the article (I read about it originally in Popular Mechanics waaaaay back when :D ). http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/mcdonnell_sea_apache.php I always enjoy seeing "what ifs".
Thanks! I like the article as well, and the Apache certainly turned into a bit of an "ugly duckling" towards the end of the list of proposals, haha! I did create a Marine corps camouflaged AH-64A, similar to the ones used during testing in 2003 (I just haven't uploaded it yet as I am still fact-checking and trying to get the details right), but I would love to give a swing at something like one of those prototypes! :D
  March 20, 2014
Good job! If I might make a suggestion on a variant, there were three proposals in the late 1980's for a navalized Apache to operate off of ships. Here's a link to the article (I read about it originally in Popular Mechanics waaaaay back when :D ). http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/mcdonnell_sea_apache.php I always enjoy seeing "what ifs".
 I like it 
  March 20, 2014
Perfect, I love the weapons.
 
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