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This is my attempt at the arguably, one of the most sophisticated attack helicopters in service today.
About this creation

Designed as a replacement for the Bell AH-1 Cobra, the AH-64 is currently one of the most sophisticated attack helicopters in service. Apart from being operated by the United States Army, the Apache also serves with Israel, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Netherlands, Great Britain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Apache was one of the stars of Operation Desert Storm. On the opening night of the conflict, a flight of Apache’s, led by a Special Operation MH-53 Pave Low, flew deep into Iraqi airspace. Their mission was to identify and destroy key radar installations, which would be located using the sophisticated radar systems aboard the Pave Low. The destroyed radars would create a corridor through which follow up strikes from other aircraft would go to attack Iraq, thus commencing the offensive.

The latest variant, the AH-64D “Longbow” Apache has a new fire control radar mounted atop its rotors. This radar allows the gunship to acquire, designate and attack targets in all weathers, day or night. It also provides the means of guidance for the new AGM-144L radar guided Hellfire missile. In its Longbow variation, the Apache is arguably one of the deadliest gunships in service today. Recently, the gunship has served in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom 2001) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003).

The build

Well, what can I say. It isn’t the prettiest aircraft in my collection, but its definitely one of my best in terms of overall result. Naturally I went for the D variant as I’m a sucker for modern and highly capable aircraft.

In this build, I definitely faced challenges that Lego alone would not solve, so I had to think outside the box. I had build Apaches before so I knew how to approach this initially. From the outside, the A and D variants look almost the same. The biggest difference of course, is the radar on top of the rotors on the D model. I replicated this by purchasing a set of RC plane wheels. I took one, filled the wheel spoke with modeling putty until it had a smooth top. The wheel hole was perfectly suited for a Lego rod, which I used to mount to the rotor head.

Another significant difference, which many may not see, is the cheek farings. These are used to store the ammo for the chain gun as well as components for the various electronics on the chopper. Because the Longbow is more sophisticated, it requires more components. To solve this, the cheek faring on both sides of the aircraft have been increased in size, especially on the helicopters left side. On the left side, the fairing actually rises up to meet with the left side weapons wing. Here what I did, was use flat pieces to build the fairing itself. I then used a hinge piece to raise it to the level of the wing. I then used modeling putty to fill in the gaps and sanded it down till it had a smooth finish. I also used putty on the cockpit region by filling the curved piece to give a smooth and thus better look.

Colour scheme is overall Olive drab. To make it a little more visually appealing, I applied a sand coloured weathering agent on to various spots on the gunship.This gives it the illusion of being used in a desert combat environment. The shark mouths and name “Angel Of Fire” was hand painted.

Overall I’m very happy with this build. It’s far more appealing to look at because of all the details, which I’m very happy came out the way they did.

Detailed view of the 30mm chain gun

Close up view of the weapons (From left to right: 4x AGM-144L Hellfires, rocket pod, Stinger AAMs


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  March 14, 2014
WOW! AT first I thought this was a plastic kit because of the paint and details, but once I realized this was actually lego, well, my jaw was kinda playing tag with my toes ;) Very nice! This is the best Apache I have ever seen! :D
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  September 10, 2012
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  July 29, 2012
You did good its the best lego apache helicopter I have ever seen!!! when i first saw it i thought it was a REAL ONE good JOB building it :) 60,00000 thumbs up :)
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  May 9, 2012
This is the greatest. i made one but its not that great.
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  March 2, 2012
excellent work mate
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  November 18, 2011
Quoting Little Bricker Very good. Check out my 3 Apaches. How did you get it dusty looking?
Hi. Thanx for the comment. Nice work on your Apaches. I used a weathering kit from Tamiya to get it to look dusty.
  November 17, 2011
Very good. Check out my 3 Apaches. How did you get it dusty looking?
Martin Milewski
Josh Guilbert
  June 19, 2011
I see you cut some parts it looks like.That loses marks for this.
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  May 13, 2011
AMAZING!!!!! this is great, excellent work!
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  January 30, 2011
Very realistic, very good realization
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  January 13, 2011
Quoting Shayne Masse This has to be one of the best builds for a chopper I've seen out there. Did u cut any pieces, cause some of them look unfamiliar in shape to normal bricks?
Hi Shayne, thanx for the comment. The Apache build doesn't contain any cut pieces. Apart from the left side avionics cheek fairing, everything you see was done using the Lego as is.
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  January 12, 2011
This has to be one of the best builds for a chopper I've seen out there. Did u cut any pieces, cause some of them look unfamiliar in shape to normal bricks?
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