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  1. Zvezda is to release in 2020 a 1/48th Mil Mi-24 "Hind" kit. Probably the start of a family of Mi-24: D/V/P etc. Fingers crossed. Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235061306-zvezda-2020/ V.P.
  2. After the Zvezda's kits, Trumpeter pulled a hind out of his hat! Trumpeter is to release in late July 2021 a 1/48th Mil Mi-24D "Hind-D" kit - ref. 05812 We can just hope it'll be a new tool kit and not just a Mini-Hobby kit variant/re-edition under the Trumpeter label. Wait and see : https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235019038-148-mi-24v-hind-coming-from-trumpeter/ Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=207&l=en Box art Mi-24V "Hind-E" - ref.0??? https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10798299 V.P.
  3. Mi-24P Hind-F (4812) 1:48 Zvezda HobbyPro Marketing Instantly recognisable to enthusiasts of Cold War aircraft, the Mil Mi-24 'Hind' has formed the backbone of the Soviet Union/Russian Air Force's attack helicopter force since the 1970s. The need for a battlefield attack helicopter became obvious following the experience of American forces in Vietnam. Mil developed the Hind as a response to this need, using the successful Mil Mi-8 'Hip' transport helicopter as a basis. It was transformed by the addition of a small pair of wings positioned to the rear of the passenger compartment for carrying weapons, a machine gun in the nose and a tandem cockpit for the flight crew. It was capable of carrying eight troops as well. The Mi-24V Hind E is one of the later, and more capable Hind variants, introduced into service in the 1980s. It is capable of carrying the highly effective AT-6 Spiral anti-tank missile on the hard points under its wings, as well as the four barrelled 12.7mm machine gun in the nose turret. It is capable of carrying a range of other ordnance, including the UPK-23-250 23mm cannon pod and the B-8V20 rocket launcher. The later Mi-24P or Hind F is a gunship version, which replaced the 12.7mm machine-gun with a fixed side-mounted 30mm GSh-30-2K twin-barrel cannon. As aiming the canons depends on manoeuvring the helicopter controls are moved for this to the pilot. First seeing use in Afghanistan these models also saw combat in Chechnya and later in Syria. They are still in service today with Russia and other nations. The Kit This is a brand-new tooling from Zvezda, fresh off the presses in Russia, so it is a modern kit and has plenty of detail moulded-in, and options to have many areas of the kit opened up. Its great to have a new tool model of the Hind in a manageable scales, as nice as the Trumpeter one is 1/35 is a bit large! The only issues I can see is that there are no rivets at all on the fuselage? Having seen a couple of these close up they are covered in rivets and the lack of them on the model is strange. I can understand this would have cost more to mould onto the kit but there is just something about seeing the kit smooth that is not right. As well as the main fuselage parts there are another 6 sprues of parts in grey plastic, and a clear sprue. The rotors have their characteristic droop moulded in. Before you start its worth considering if you want the engine covers, doors, engine compartments open or closed. Once this is done construction can start with the cockpit. Here two figures are supplied if the modeller wants to use them. The tandem tub is moulded as one part to which the seats are added along with the flight controls and side controllers. All instruments are provided as decals. The cockpit sides go on and then the cockpit section attaches to the floor of the rear troop compartments. Next up we concentrate on the engine decking which also forms the roof of the troop compartment. The main gearbox is built up and added along with other engine ancillaries to the top. Rails are added to the underside. The mount for the gearbox is added along with the separating bulkhead between the two engine. The rear bulkhead for the troop compartment is added and then the roof/engine decking can be added on making sure the central seating part for the troop compartment goes in. The two engines can the be assembled and added to the engine deck. Inside the troop compartment the seat bases are added. Moving to the main fuselage sections holes need to be opened up and additional parts added inside the main cabin area. If closing up the fuselage then engine panels and the troop compartment doors can be fitted in the closed positions. Next up the cockpit section is flipped upside down and the front section including the wheel well is added. At the rear the main wheel well is assembled ad added in. The main fuselage can then be closed up around the cabin section. At the front the pilots main panel goes in and then the front fuselage side can go on. The forward sensor fairing is also fitted. At the rear of the tail section the small wings are fitted as well as the tail rotor gearbox. The wings for carrying the weapons are built up and added at this stage along with the pylons. The rear top mounted IR jammer is also now installed. At the front the engine intakes and covers go on. The clear canopies can now be fitted. The last major area for completing the fuselage is the construction and addition of the landing gear. If building the Afghan version then IR diffusing exhausts are fitted. Onto the rotors. The main rotor head is built up with the blades adding onto the rotor head, the lower plate is added and control linkages join the two. This can then be added to the helo. The tail rotor is a single part. To finish up the main fuselage the side mounted 30mm cannon is built up and installed along with various aerials, and the large external chaff/flare dispensers. The large spure for the weapons is the same as for the previous kit as it also contains the under chin turrets. There are four fuels tanks, four rocket pods and four anti-tank rockets. Markings There are five painting options included on the decal sheet. From the box you can build one of the following: 262nd Separate Helicopter Sq,n Soviet Army Aviation, Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan, 1989. 334th Centre of Combat Employment and Personnel retraining. Russian Army Aviation, Torzhok Airbase, 2014. Aviation Group of the Russian Air & Space Forces in Syria. Khmeimim Airbase 2017. 5th Helicopter Sqn, (Hubschrauber - Geschwader) East German Army, Basepohl Airbase, 1988. 86th Helicopter Aviation Unit, Hungarian Military Forces, Szolnok Airbase 2019. The decals are well printed with a red band around the edge that is reminiscent of Begemot’s work, but that’s just my guess. The colours are dense, printing sharp, and what little registration there is on the two large Russian logos is good, with a satin carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion It’s a very nicely moulded kit, A welcome addition to the range. Recommended. Available from all good model shops online or in actual buildings. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Seeing as most of you are building stuff from the coalition I thought I would give you all something to shoot at or drop things on. I need this to be a fairly quick build due to other GB commitments so that means 1/72 scale and that drastically reduces my list of possibilities, no bad thing as it helps with focusing the mind. I ended up going for a HobbyBoss Mi-24 Hind D which I have had for a while. Now while this isn't as accurate as the Zvezda kit (hasn't got the anti-torque kink to the fuselage after the cockpit, just like all the other Hind kits) it looks good, has decent detailing, comes with a shed load of whizz bangery and has Iraqi markings, result! So lets have a look shall we, starting with the box art; Nice box art, shame that the Russian Hind portrayed with the Shark on it is actually a Hind F with the twin cannon on the side of the fuselage rather than under nose turret, but that has no effect on this build at all. The bags of plasticy goodness; All as yet unopened. And the kit supplied scheme which is identical to that worn during 1991; I hope to make a start on this very soon as my Phantom for the Interceptors GB is nearly done and as I said I have other commitments looming so the sooner I start the better. I will also be building her with the troop cabin closed up rather than detailing it to help save some time and with no added extras either, not that they are really needed in this scale other than seat belts and I will have a crack at making them myself. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms and advice is gratefully received. Craig.
  5. Mi-24 Upgrade Sets (for Zvezda) 1:48 Eduard & Eduard Brassin The new Mi-24V kit from Zvezda is proving popular, and a lot of people seem to be picking them up to commit the old Revell Monogram kits to the back of the stash. Eduard haven't been idle during the Covid-19 crisis, and have been busy producing a number of update sets for this new kit to add extra detail to the new tooling. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE), smaller Brassin and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Wheels (648573) This Brassin set contains just the four resin parts and masks, with two smaller nose wheels and two larger main wheels, all of which have moulded-in highly-detailed hubs, and a suitably sized hole for the axle. They’re a straight-forward replacement for the kit parts, and have superb detail with circumferential tread and maker's data-plate, with a set of kabuki tape masks for easy painting of the new wheels. Interior (491097) This set comprises two sheets of PE, one of which is nickel-plated and painted (yes, that rhymes), the other bare brass. The first item is a complete replacement for the moulded-in headrest to the seat, with additional bracing parts on the rear of the seat frame. The instrument panel and side consoles are completely replaced by layered painted parts with painted dials behind the green front layer. Additional floor panels are fitted along with smaller instruments in both cockpits, including some protective grab-handles, equipment boxes and a breaker board. New rudder pedals, HUD with slip of acetate included, more internal structure and floor panels are included, plus what looks like a small microwave oven on the floor. Yes, I know it isn’t, or is it? Inside the canopy a number of PE inserts that fit to the rear sections to replicate the padded covers found there and at the rear of the instrument coaming. Zoom! Set (FE1097) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Seatbelts (FE1098) These belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. You get the pilot and gunner's four-point crew belts, plus six sets of grey lap belts in three parts for the passengers in the rear compartment. Exterior (481019) This set is supplied on one large bare brass fret, beginning with the various doors and hatches that get new interior detail skins. The rear wheel bay has all of its moulded detail removed to be replaced by a set of interior skins with ribs added along the length of the bay, then detailed once the divider is installed. The nose gear bay has a new interior folded up, then inserted into the kit bay with other details. Attention then shifts to the true exterior, beginning with raised surrounds for the exhausts, many aerials and antennae on the tail boom and under it, then new wiper blades for each canopy blister and the vortex generators on the pitot probe. At the tail a number of grilles are added on both sides of the fin, plus a perforated skin for the two styles of countermeasures dispensers either side of the tail root. Cargo Interior (481020) Another large brass fret contains all the parts for the passenger/cargo area of the Hind, beginning with instructions on how to make the recessed stiffening shapes on the two bulkhead pieces with a ball-point pen from the rear. These and a floor skin for the cabin are placed on the kit parts after the moulded-in detail has been sanded away. More detail is removed from the aft bulkhead to be replaced by new detail parts of superior quality, with the same treatment given to the opening parts of the doors with windows. The roof margins are also skinned with new detailed parts, plus additional short sections shown in a scrap diagram to the side for correct alignment. The horizontal ribs above and below the side fuselage windows are removed, and the window parts are given PE frames for additional detail, plus brackets between them. Finally, additional equipment and boxes are fitted to the cabin sidewalls, completing the upgrade to the interior. Masks Tface(EX706) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Or as exterior only masks (EX705) Conclusion The detail added with these sets will doubtless set your model apart from the rest, and you can get any or all sets depending on your area of focus. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) is to rebox the Italeri 1/72nd Mil Mi-24D "Hind-D" Source: http://www.modelarovo.cz/mil-mi-24-1-72-kp-kovozavody-prostejov/ - ref. KPM0198 - Mil Mi-24D "Hind-D" International Box art without the chin-mounted gun? - ref. KPM0199 - Mil Mi-24D "Hind-D" V.P.
  7. Kitty Hawk has 1/48th Mil Mi-24 "Hind" helicopter kit(s ?) in project. Let's have a look at the M. Song Wang message herebelow. "all, on the way": SU-25 ok, Su-25UB ok, APA-5D ok but also something new... A Mi-24P "Hind-F"! Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369828906819827/permalink/679965482472833/ V.P.
  8. Hi This is my 1/72 MI-24P by Zvezda. This kit has great detail for a 1/72 kit as it had the options for the maintenance hatches to be open so you can see the gear box and Engines. The kit had realy good fit but it was a tight fit with the cockpit and front part of the fuselage. It was nice for it to come with the rotor blades pre bent to the shape that they would be when on the ground. The kit had an option for a dark grey scheme and this camoflauge one which i decided to go with. I used the Hataka Russian helicopter paint set. Panel lines where very shallow and didnt hold the wash i made very well. I made a wash out of black poster paint and water as i would be able to remove it if it didnt look good. I heavy weathered it using the wash i made and AK weathering pencils. thanks for looking
  9. Eduard is to rebox for the Eday 2016 (http://www.eday.cz/) with add-ons and a book the Zvezda's 1/72nd Mil Mi-24D/V "Hind-D/-E" as dual combo style limited edition kit - ref.72633 Source: http://www.72news.eu/2016/07/eduard-mi-24d-hind-for-eday-incoming.html V.P.
  10. In the framework of the recent toy tradefair Mir Detstva 2017, held at Moscow, Zvezda is reported having announced, as follow up to it's Mi-24V/VP "Hind-E" kit (ref.7293), a 1/72nd Mil Mi-24P "Hind-F" for 2018. To be followed. Source AlexGRD: http://master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=100171&sid=b7252e4ad3d849de8e26c4c009281a81 V.P.
  11. Mi-24F Hind-A. The Mil-24F is a Modified Hind-A with seven reinforcing ribs on the port fuselage aft of the wing, the IFF antenna relocated from the canopy to the oil cooler, and the APU exhaust was also extended and angled downwards. Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  12. Mil-24D, at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  13. This is the Italeri kit in 1/72 using the Blue Rider decal sheet. The kit is pretty poor, with the fit and detail lacking. What I should have done was bin this one and go and buy the Hobby Boss kit, but ah well. The Blue Rider decals are pretty good. I also whipped up a small base for it to sit on. Despite the fit issues, I'm rather happy with how it turned out. I'll glue it to the base later which will hide a few of the defects lol.
  14. Detail pics of the Hind D at The Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare. Pics mine. Pics thanks to Rich Ellis. Mil Mi-24D "Hind", 96+26/421, C/N. 230270110073. Built in 1981 as a ground attack/assault helicopter and powered by two Klimov TV-3-117 turboshaft engines. The Hind in the Museum collection is a Mi-24D variant, some 350 of which were built at factories in Arsenyev and Rostov-on-Don. Armament includes a 12.7 mm four barrel 9-A 624 machine gun, four Falanga anti-tank missiles and 80 rockets in four under wing pods. First flown on 2nd April 1981 it was delivered to the East German Army based at Basephol, North of Berlin. In early 1992 it was decided to disband the Hind squadrons and its last flight was on 24th February 1992. The German Government allocated it to the Helicopter Museum and a team went to Basephol in early 1995 to dismantle and transport it to the United Kingdom. It was delivered to the Museum on 20th February 1995 with assistance from Bristow Helicopters.Info from The Helicopter Museum
  15. My son bought me this kit for my birthday, he reckons I need something different in my cabinet. I have never built a Tamiya kit nor a Russian Helicopter. Something I can't figure out is why Tamiya re-box Italeri kits. Is Tamiya a crap kit manufacturer??? The only part of this kit made in Japan is the box. No English in the instructions and I am sure the colour call outs are wrong, I will work it out....... Box art. Sprues Decals Thanks for looking. Stephen
  16. Eduard Mi-24/35 Upgrade Set 1:72 Eduard A few months ago, Eduard released a limited edition boxing of Zvezda's highly regarded Mi-24/35 Hind. Available only as a dual combo kit with a huge choice of (mainly Czech) marking options, it quickly sold out. Now Eduard have followed up with a further photo etched upgrade set, which will come in handy if you have the Eduard kit, the original Zvezda kit or even the Revell re-box. The set comprises a single unpainted fret which contains parts for both interior and exterior (mainly interior) of the Hind. Included are details for the cabin window frames, the electrical equipment racks and a host of small bits and bobs for the cabin sidewalls. Turning to the outside of the airframe, there are parts for the port wingtip laser designator pod, windscreen wipers, pitot tube, the ventral avionics bay door, the landing gear and landing gear bays, the ordnance, rotor head and a host of vents, aerials and other lumps and bumps. Conclusion Zvezda's kit, in all its different boxings, is already very good indeed. This set can only serve to elevate it to an even higher place. Some might argue it is gilding the lily, but there is a limit to what can be achieved with injection moulded plastic and this set takes that limit as a sensible starting point. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. I am getting ready to start on my Mi-24RKhR NBC recce Hind conversion, but have a question. I remember reading somewhere that the tail boom is too short on the kit, causing the main rotor to hit it. Does anybody know how short it is, and where the extension should be made? Larry
  18. Dear all, As I was seemingly too late for ordering my example, I'm trying it through this way since there's nearly no shop still having them without paying half the kitprice extra on shipping etc... Therefor as I was only interested in the photoetch (which are available separately with Eduard) and the most important: the 0837 decal option. That was on my build wishlist for sooooo long, and now it's there and gone allready Therefor I'm searching for anyone who is willing to sell the specific 0837 decals with stencilling specific to that camouflage (other than standard) as well. So anyone who doesn't collect the kit and bought it for building, please please let me know if you don't need the decals. Thank you very much! I hope I didn't post this in the wrong forum but it's worth the try Greetings
  19. Mi-24/35 Mk.III Super Hind released now http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/product/02209/ Superhind with superprice for some small resin parts: www.1999.co.jp/eng/10396196 additional PU parts arent visible on photo ant they scanned only old instructions and not new list.
  20. Freedom Model Kits or Freedom Q is to release a egg plane (?) - or scale? - Mil Mi-24V "Hind-E" kit - ref.17301 Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153622324614147&set=gm.1750508361831713&type=3&theater Box art V.P.
  21. Scaleworx is to release a 1/72nd Mil Mi-35 "Superhind Mk.IV" resin conversion set based on the HobbyBoss Mil Mi-24 "Hind-E" Source: https://scontent-bru2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/8168_423379251194755_6769390759038163413_n.jpg?oh=66c80c5b5fb1e7d452b41fb8873b6f9e&oe=56FB82D3 V.P.
  22. Mil Mi-24 HindD NX120NX. NX120NX is an Ex Bulgarian Air Force Hind D, now operated on the civilian register in the USA by The Cold War Air Museum in Texas. Pics thanks to GeorgeUSA.
  23. Mi-35 Hind, this is the export version of the Mi-24. Czech Air Force Mi-35 visiting the Helicopter Museum at Weston Super Mare. Pics thans to Mike Costello.
  24. Sierra Leone Mi-24V Hind-E, pics by Greg Buckley
  25. Pics from Graham James from Old Warden
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