Hobby Master HH1201 – 1/72 Scale AH-64D Apache Longbow Diecast Model
Hobby Master HH1201 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. Assigned to the 8th Battalion (Attack Reconnaissance), 229th Aviation Regiment “Flying Tigers”, US Army, based at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Hobby Master 1/72 scale Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow diecast model details
|Length||24.6 cm||8.00 in||Approx|
|Rotor Ø||20.3 cm||8.00 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Display stand included.
The 8th Battalion is an attack helicopter unit of the 229th Aviation Regiment “Flying Tigers,” US Army. It is based at Fort Knox, Kentucky and operates the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter. The unit was activated in September 1989 as part of the Army Reserve (USAR), flying AH-1F Cobra helicopters at Godman Army Airfield. In January 1993 received the first of its AH-64A Apache helicopters. The 229th Aviation Regiment in 1988, received permission from the American Volunteer Group (the “Flying Tigers”) to use their name and logo.
Boeing AH-64 Apache
The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an American tandem two-seat, twin-turboshaft, attack helicopter. It was developed by Hughes Helicopters for the United States Army to replace the AH-1 Cobra. McDonnell Douglas purchased Hughes Helicopters in 1984 and merged with Boeing in August 1997.
The aircraft’s maiden flight occurred on September 30, 1975. Entered service in 1986 with the 7th Battalion, 17th Cavalry Brigade, US Army and first saw combat in 1989 with the US military in Panama. The Apache is in service with several nations, including Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. It is produced under license in the United Kingdom by AgustaWestland. The improved AH-64E Apache Guardian that entered service in 2011 has superseded the Longbow.
One of the innovations of the Apache is the Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System (IHADSS) helmet-mounted displays, allowing both crewmen to aim the M203 Chain Gun with head movements. Target acquisition, night vision systems and a television camera are nose-mounted. An unusual feature is the uneven spacing of the tail rotor blades, placed at 55° and 125° angles and are non-coplanar. Referred to as a scissors tail rotor it gives a marked reduction in noise and improved thrust.
The upgraded AH-64D Apache Longbow first flew on March 17 with deliveries commencing in April. Equipped with a glass cockpit and expanded forward fuselage to house new systems. Advanced sensors including the AN/APG-78 Longbow millimeter-wave fire-control radar (FCR) target acquisition system capable concurrently tracking a maximum of 128 objects and engage up to 16. A Radar Frequency Interferometer (RFI) to identify and the direction of enemy radar. Both the FCR and RFI are in the dome above the main rotor. More powerful T700-GE-701C engines as well as improve survivability, navigation and communications systems.
Boeing Ah-64D Apache Longbow Specifications
- Crew: two, pilot, and co-pilot/gunner
- Fuselage length: 15.06 m (49 ft 5 in)
- Length including rotor overhang: 17.73 m (58.17 ft)
- Rotor diameter: 14.63 m (48 ft)
- Height: 3.87 m (12.7 ft)
- Rotor systems: four-bladed main rotor, four-bladed tail rotor
- Empty weight: 5,165 kg (11,387 lb)
- Powerplant: two General Electric T700-GE-701 turboshafts
- Avionics: AN/APG-78 Longbow fire-control radar
- Countermeasures: radar warning receiver and jammer, Radar Frequency Interferometer Electronic Support target acquisition system, infra-red countermeasures, laser warning receiver and chaff dispensers
- External fuel tanks: one 870 L (230 gals) tank for extended attack missions, up to four for ferrying.
- Guns: one 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 Chain Gun mounted between the main landing gear, under the forward fuselage
- Hardpoints: six total, four on the stub wings. One on each wingtip
- Ordnance: Hellfire air to surface, Stinger air to air and Spike anti-tank, Sidearm anti-radar missiles. Hydra 70 rocket pods.
- Cruise speed: 265 km/h (165 mph), Mach 0.22
- Maximum speed: 293 km/h (182 mph), Mach 0.24
- MTOW: 10,433 kg (23,000 lb)
- Range: 476 km (295 mi
- Ferry range: 1,900 km (1,180 mi)
- Service ceiling: 6,400 m (21,000 ft).
Hobby Master HH1201 – 1/72 scale diecast model of the Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow, 8th Battalion (Attack Reconnaissance), 229th Aviation Regiment “Flying Tigers”, US Army