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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. 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
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. HI I just bought the Zvezda Mi-24P in 1/72 but could'nt find the right paint in Ak real colour. I think the paint guide in the instructions could be wrong as it says grey and green when it looks like a sandy colour .Does anyone know what colours it would be in Ak or maybe Tamiya. thanks
  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. This is a bit of an unusual place for me to be, I usually hang out in the GB section, so this is a first for me. This is a model that I’ve been wanting for so long to build, I’ve have been trying to find an excuse to build her. But it has finally got to a stage where I just couldn’t wait any longer. She’s a rather large model and is going to take up a fair wack of space on the workbench. People that know me know I really can’t build a model without throwing in some…ok a lot of AM stuff and this will be no exception. Other that a full resin cockpit/cargo cabin (if anyone has the Verlinden or Cobra Company resin ones and would like to sell them then please PM me…..and save me from PE purgatory!!), there’s probably over a 1000 bit’s of PE most bordering on microscopic and I hate the stuff! I have pretty well everything you can get for her which as follows: Master Model – Gun Barrel & DUAS set Profimodeller – Wheels & Tow Bar set Profimodeller – Side Flare Dispenser set PART – Cockpit PE set PART – Cargo Interior set PART – Exterior set PART – Weapons PE set Plus an extra set of Reskit Wheels which I’m not using as they’re perfectly round and not squashed as they should be. I’ll be doing the out of the box Tiger scheme using DN Models masks, that should be fun. This is a bit of an end of the year/longer term project so please don’t expect lots of updates as I do have a habit of getting distracted. I’ll be adding extra detailing as I see it needs to be done. Right straight into it, I started her about a week ago by going onto the main rotor……..I rarely follow the instructions and do have a habit of jumping all over the place. The main rotor was the first task. It goes together really quickly but is just screaming out for detailing. So one with the first PE and plastic rod/card. Those wee plastic tabs are for the cabling going to the blades, leading edges heaters if memory is correct, and cables added. There is a connection on the blade for these wire (not included in the kit) but they are slightly wrong…… I just needed to cut the tip off and drill them out. A quick test fit and all is good. Right now the blades, detailing is nice on them but a wee bit too heavy, so I sanded them down a bit. Next up they sit dead flat when fitted where they should droop naturally, so out with the good old fashion medieval torture device…… ……….some water boarding with boiling water and they now sit correctly (a bit exaggerated in the photo)……plus they also admitted to knowing where the WMD’s really are! With that done the blades can be fitted, there are some locating holes on the underside that needed filling. That’s done so I’ll leave this for a bit. The tail rotor was just the same but much simpler. Finally today just some other stuff, some with photo and some not. The exhausts needed work as moulding for the locating pins is very noticeable, so they needed to be removed. And finally for today some of the basic mod’s to the fuselage, it’s a lot simpler to do it now than later and less chance of damaging what’s going to be inside….which is lots. So far nothing dramatic, she’s build just like any other Trumpeter large scale aircraft models ……..the less said about that the better! At the moment I’m not going to detail up the engines but that may change, the cockpit/cargo bay is where all the work/action is going to be!! And no I’ll not be doing this diorama….as nice as it would be!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. I am looking to get a cockpit detail set for my Revell 1/48 Mi-24 Hind, and was wondering which one was better, the Cobra Company set or the Pavla set? They're about the same price, once you figure in shipping to Florida. Larry
  14. Mil-24D, at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Ref.72038 But the plastic kit on display is a Mi-24P "Hind-F"? Source: http://www.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt10/ark/index.php?Page=1 V.P.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Sierra Leone Mi-24V Hind-E, pics by Greg Buckley
  25. Hey guys, i was checking my stash and found there Mi-35. I know i would like to build it in more serious way than just few days build, but my "to do" list for next months is anyway quite full.. So, would anyone be interested in Mi-24/35 group build here on BM? It is quite exotic here i guess
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