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  1. Hello, Britmodellers! 👋 This snowy time I want to start the build of the Soviet Attack Helicopter that I always wanted to have in my collection: the «A» version of the world-famous Mi-24 Hind. It’ll be the companion build along with our fellow forum member Johnny (@The Spadgent) and he’s already started his own thread that can be found here. 👏 The weather is amazing this week, it’s a pleasure for me looking at all these (Christmas 🎄) trees: Despite that Johnny is already showed us the box and the sprues, I don’t want to upset the tradition and will start from showing you the box (with a beautiful artwork) and its content: The backside with the pictures of builded unpainted kit (actually, I love this style of product representation): The sturdy cardboard box can be found inside the soft top box and it’s full of plastic: I don’t know why, but this kit looks like a gem for me! 😍 OK, let’s talk about the runners... The runner A with the port-side fuselage half, engine covers and stabilators: Next is the runner B with the rotor blades and wings: The blades moulded slightly drooped (looks well, but it can be a problem building the kit in-flight): The runner C (unique for the Mi-24A) with its veranda-styled forward fuselage part: The quality of moulding is amazing with such an accurate recessed panel lines and all the surface details: The clear runner D with the canopy glazing and windows: And the runner F with the starboard fuselage half and engines: Our beloved gearbox: And an engines itself: The decal sheet is a bit spartan, but well-printed and have a transparent decal film: Also there’s an instruction sheet and aftermarket PE set from the Microdesign: It’s an excellent set with some amount of the coloured parts: In addition to all these goodies I have a canopy masking set (I’ve never tried it before): The resin wheels set isn’t available at the moment, so I’ll stick with the kit ones. Well, let’s start! 😋 I decided to go with the wheels and all the small stuff at first, so at the moment I’m already have some bits and bobs assembled: Building these parts was exciting and it’s very pleasurable kit, I must admit... 😸
  2. From Russia With Love. MI-24A HIND. 1/72 by Zvezda. Hello and welcome to a nice relaxing companion build in more ways than one. 😇 It will run alongside two other builds. one mine and the other belonging to @Nikolay Polyakov . If you are following my other Hind build "HERE" you will know that Nikolay very kindly offered to send me some decal rivets for the 1/48 version that were only available in Russia for my build. In exchange I sent him some Flory washes that are tough to get over there. After a few weeks of postal travel we both pretty much received our packages at the same time. Mine however was a LOT bigger than I expected. 😍 Inside were not only the rivets for my 1/48 Hind build but a whole new kit with AM parts to boot!! I was agog!! 😃 Upon receiving my special Christmas gift I contacted Nikolay and he mentioned a back to back or Companion build as he had another MI-24A kit in the wings. I agreed and the cogs started rolling. We waited until now as I was doing some fiddly bits on my other Hind and he was busy at work. I got a Message this morning asking if I would like to start the builds? I looked out of the window I was in for a shock. If there was ever a sign that now was the time to start this was it. 🌨️ So here we go. Nikolay's build can be found "HERE" not sure how we will run it but it'll be fun to watch both come together. I'm not planing on having mine open as I'm doing that with the 1/48 kit. so I will be having a closed up variant and my third Russian beauty. So without further ado here's where it all started a week or so before Christmas. Here is the lovely post card @Nikolay Polyakov sent with the box of snow Goodies. it was titles "from Russia with love" so I though I'd name my thread as this. ♥️ Lets start with the Box. and sprews. clear parts and decals. As mentioned I'll be building the first decal option set up as version 2 ( closed doors and panels ) as a nice juxtapose to my other HIND. I think Nikolay is making his as Version 1 (open) Here are the other bits and bobs that were kindly gifted. This is going to be fun on a @corsaircorp scale. 🙃 Talking about scale, Look at the size difference!!!! 😲 I'll finish this opening post here just in case it goes CraZy on me. I'll fix the links as Nikolay starts his build and make an update to mine too. I do hope you will enjoy these builds if you choose to tag along with us on a most excellent adventure that will lead us into a new and better year. All the best and as always dear Friends. happy Modelling. Johnny. 🤗
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