AH-64D Apache Longbow
Detail Set (Zoom)
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||FE201 - AH-64D Apache Longbow Etched
Detail Set. Zoom Series
|Contents and Media:
||One PE fret, color paper instruments
||Excellent pre-painted detail.
scale Apache "Zoom" set is available online from Squadron.com
Reviewed by Dave
This new set, designed for the new 1/48 scale Hasegawa Longbow
Apache, is in Eduard’s “Zoom” line of photo-etch detail sets for aircraft kits.
The Zoom line can be considered as the “lite” version of Eduard’s detail
sets which generally only contain items such as instrument panels, seat belts,
and some small external details.
Personally, I’m a big fan of the Zoom sets as I feel their
reduction in scope and price makes buying PE sets more palatable to the average
modeler. Some people are intimidated by a full PE set that costs $20 or more and
contains perhaps 100 parts, some almost too small to work with. I’m sure that
more than one of us has bought a PE set and ended up not using much of the set
as some of the parts were not thought to be worth the trouble to cut out and
fold, or to modify the kit to accept.
You probably won’t end up with a lot of leftover bits from a
Zoom set as they seem to be limited to the parts that most modelers want to
improve on their kits.
This set contains full five point seat belts to correct what is
probably one of the main areas for improvement in the Hasegawa kit.
As the kit
cockpit is pretty good out of the box, you don’t need a full replacement
instrument panel. Instead, the set contains various small instruments and
details to improve what is already there. In a change from the standard
black-on-clear acetate film used for instruments, this set has the instruments
and displays on a paper sheet which allows them to be printed in full color.
Finishing up the cockpit, the set includes replacement rudder (tail rotor
Click the thumbnails below to view
For the exterior you get the auxiliary air inlet doors for the underside of the
engine nacelles, which are always open on the ground when the engines are not
running. In addition, the set has replacement slime lights and a couple of
antennas. Finally, you get a yoke that runs around the front of the tail wheel
to replace the kit part that is molded integrally with the wheel.
A recent innovation made by Eduard is the ability to pre-color some of the parts
on the PE fret. I’m not sure how it is done, but the results are quite
impressive. For example, the seat belts are done in black with the stitching
done in an off-white (?) color, but the buckles are left in their natural metal
color. The crispness and evenness of the tiny dots that represent the stitches
must be seen to be believed as it is far better than 99% of modelers could do by
hand. Well done, Eduard!
Similarly, the slime lights are done in an appropriate
“slimy” lime green color that looks much better than the decals in the kit. Note
that the color is only on one side of the parts, so you’ll need to paint the
other side if you decide the drape the belts such that the underside is visible.