Force AIRCRAFT SPECIAL
Mil Mi-4 "Hound"
This helicopter was developed nearly 60 years ago and deployed in many countries.
My modelling friend Almer photographed one at Kbely, Prague museum
This project will use the AER
moldova 1/72 kit. Later on, it turned out that then old KP
1/72 kit is better. However, this kit #72031 was used for
Addtional details added were the curved
jet exhaust pipes below the nose, very air intakes on the sides (marde
from bomb halves) and some antenna's.
Used were Humbrol HU105 green and
dark grey, applied with the airbrush. Windows were masked off.
Mil Mi-8 / 17 "Hip"
This helicopter was extensively used by many (former) Eastern Block countries. It was also exported.
KP has issued a basic but nice 1/72 kit in 1989, packaged as kit #28. Also a more powerfull sub-variant Mil Mi-17 can be made from this kit as you get some extra parts for the gear and Mil 17 engine housing (and the tail rotor is at the port side).
The kit parts are very light grey with raised panels and there are many small parts like scoops and fairings that are separate. The decals are basic and brittle and for several schemes shown at the carton box. There is quite an interior though of the cabin insides not a lot is seen.
The kit was made straight out of the box. The rotor fairing gap was made a bit large in order to fit the main rotor later on. Only some details were added in the cockpit area with its clear glazing windows. These windows need masking later on when the colours are applied.
The rotor head got some hydraulic lines made from stretch sprue. At the exhausts, three little "smoke" pipes were added.
The kit gave no assembly problems, you need some minor filler only. Some panel lines were rescribed and some details added were also the very fine rear view mirrors and antennas at the cockpit front area.
model still without intake covers; nose wheel needs some bending to get the 2 wheels "toucing the ground"
The camouflage applied were Humbrol
enamels paints Hu65 light blue, Hu117 green and Hu159 dark brown for a typical Czech AF
Mil Mi-24 Hind
This attack helicopter is widely used in many variants and contrary to the American Apache, it is a multi-purpose helicopter as it can also carry some troops in the aft cabin.
The kit used is a simple snap together
kit sold by Revell under their purchased
label as kit # 0389 in 1997. Did it originate from Monogram?
Adaptions to the kit made are:
(Mid 2011, an excellent 1/72 kit was released by Zvezda Mi-24 HIND. Get this kit!
It is very good)
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