Author Topic: Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper  (Read 218 times)

Offline Kerick

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Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper
« on: January 21, 2022, 12:17:29 PM »
Here's the beginning of the idea that hit me while I was under the influence of Omicron and cough medicine. No real back story or reasoning other than what if I took some of this and mixed it with some of that. So what we have here is a 1/72nd Revell snap tight Apache attempting to mate with parts of two early model P-40s. Hey, its what I had on the shelf!

Here is the Apache minus the turbine engines, sensors and gun with a new nose job. I'm also going to add a filet in front of the vertical stabilizer and add something to the back edge to give it a curved 1940s look.







This will be an indication of the new general arrangement.





I'm trying to decide between a three bladed or four bladed tail rotor. Plus you see the "bazooka" style rocket launchers for the wings and .50 cal gun barrels that will be placed in and around the new nose. Trying to work in at least a couple 20mm guns too. I'll use the pilot figures from the P-40 kits to replace the modern ones from the Apache. I'm going to reshape the main rotors to a more rounded tip "propeller" shape to give a more 1940s look. Gotta have some bigger, fatter WW2 tires too.



Now I have to figure out a way to close up the end of the engine nacelles that looks somewhat streamlined without adding a lot of length. Its going to be tough enough mounting the engines above the wings and below the rotors to look at least somewhat believable. 



The P-40s are the 1/72nd Airfix kits and very nice they are! Almost a shame to cut them up but they are inexpensive and available at Hobby Lobby so no big deal. The Revell Apache is par for the course for a snap tight designed many years ago. Outside shape is ok for a whiff but I could do without all the rivets! If Matchbox used to have a ditch digger for the recessed panel lines then Revell had the rivetmeister for this one! Which would almost blend in for a WW2 model but the P-40 had none at all! So scrape and sand them away which is what would have happened with all the PSR anyway.

The mojo is upon me with this one so wish me luck. And as always any suggestions gratefully accepted!
« Last Edit: January 21, 2022, 12:33:05 PM by Kerick »

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Re: Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2022, 02:21:56 PM »
 Cool concept.  Neat you had the vision. :smiley:    Start is looking fine. 
 Had six P-40B kits donate engines to flying wing bomber.   Charge ahead !

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Re: Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2022, 09:27:18 PM »
You have my attention and my interest.  Will be following this one closely.

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Re: Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2022, 02:13:09 AM »
You have my attention and my interest.  Will be following this one closely.

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Re: Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2022, 08:38:13 AM »
I immediately thought of the AH-56 Cheyenne :smiley:

Offline Kerick

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Re: Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2022, 11:11:15 AM »
I thought about using the Cheyenne but the two I have are ear marked for other projects right now.
Second application of putty is complete and will be sanded down soon. Not much really. Working on pilot and radio operator/naviguesser figures, cockpit and weapons.

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Re: Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2022, 05:52:33 PM »
very interesting concept

Offline Kerick

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Re: Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2022, 12:19:19 AM »
Wings and horizontal stabilizer are on. Now I have to figure out how to mount the engines. Drilled the holes for six .50 cals in the nose. Plenty of work to do yet.

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Re: Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2022, 06:19:23 AM »
This is a very cool concept  :smiley:

...  to mate with parts of two early model P-40s. Hey, its what I had on the shelf! ...

Yeah, well that. Plus the early-model P-40 had one of the best-ever looking cowlings!  :D

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Offline Kerick

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Re: Retro WWII Apache whopper chopper
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2022, 02:00:23 PM »
Those new Airfix kits are really sweet! Iíll be getting another soon.