Saturday, April 1

Another much wanted Apache variant hovers - the AH-64DI "SARAF" in 35th from Takom

We had been lead to believe this was a Snowman only issue kit, but the release of the CADs from Takom show that both companies will release the AH-64DI "SARAF" in 35th scale. We have details of the Saraf & the kit's alterations in our preview...

Another much wanted Apache variant hovers - the AH-64DI "SARAF" in 35th from Takom

From Takom
Kit No #2605
1/35th scale
3 marking choices included...
Designed with Snowman Model
Available in May/June
The Subject: The IAF "Saraph" AH-64D Apache Longbow
IAF "Saraph" AH-64D Apache Longbow is the most advanced attack helicopter of the Israeli Air Force. It is capable of engaging targets using precise munition in all weather conditions.
An advanced, multi-mission variant of the AH-64 Apache, the AH-64D Longbow features fully-integrated avionics and weapons, as well as an advanced modem that transmits real-time, secure, digitised battlefield information to air and ground forces.
Powered by two GE T700-701D engines, the AH-64 Apache is primarily used for distributed operations, deep precision strikes against relocatable targets, and providing armed reconnaissance when required in day, night, obscured battlefield and adverse weather conditions.

The kit: Takom's 1/35th scale AH-64DI "SARAF" 
Up until now there was only a leak of this sent out, showing the Snowman logo, but it appears now with the official release of these CADs that Takom & Snowman are both issuing this kit variant. We received CADs today showing the alterations to Takom's AH-64 kit to convert it into the Israeli AH-64DI "SARAF" version.
A look all around the kit with CAD drawings, the tan colours on the drawings show the main parts that have changed on this type. Listed changes are the ROKAR CMDS Rokar electronic countermeasures system. these chaff and flare-dispensing technologies provide optimal responses to IR and radar-guided missile threats by integrating flight data with data from electronic warfare sensors, such as radar warning receivers and missile warning systems.
The CAD new features highlighted in tan below..
added to this kit are the Reduced Size Crashworthy External Fuel System (RCEFS) with an estimated tank weight of 290 lbs and a usable fuel capacity of 122 gallons. These, and the SATCOM Network Systems for Helicopters which provide helicopters with secure, Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) voice and data communications, which are essential for nap-of-the-earth (NOE) flight when no other communications means are available. 

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