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exdraken

Mi-24 /35 Hind E , Revell 1/48 - Czech Air Force: finished :)

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NEW PROJECT!!

I have been collecting detail sets for Revell's Mi-24 Hind for quite some time now, but could not decide on a scheme, let alone starting this beast!

It is know for being the most accurate Hind in 1/48 - the only one available- Minihobby/Trumpeter did one many years ago, but it is said to be more or less the same kit as this one.

The kit should represent an early Hind D reasonably well out of the box, with problem areas being the tail which is said to be too short. additionally Mil, the original designer of this Russian helicopter decided to counter the rotor rotatory moment in part in a very novell/ peculiar way in tilting the whole fuselage aft of the cockpit section 2.5° to the right. On the ground a Mi-24 always seems to be leaning to one side!!

of course the kit does not represent this asymmetry at all, but is perfectly straight ! ;)

lets see how to correct this!

so, here you can see all the assortment of AM kits and the kit itself some time ago in the sun:

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I acquired the Pavla cockpit set at an airshow in Slovakia about 3 years ago, falling in love with the helicopter display there, still without the kit itself...!

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detail is quite nice and a real improvement on the kit.

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CMK detail/ upgrade set to make a more modern Mi-24 V that is more commonly used nowadays in Europe.

this comprehensive set is made especially for the Minihobby / Trumpeter kit, so maybe some adjustment will be necessary. For me it was better value than the other, seperately sold sets for Revelll/ Monogram's kit.

It consists if new wing pylons with new camera fairing, nice, detailed pylons, a pair of external fuel tanks, bulged wheels, flare dispensers and other detail like laser/ RF targeting devices especially for this version.

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finally I got this rotor head and rotor correction from ruporator / ebay. He designs, makes and sells mainly 1/32 and 1/35 full resin kits (Su-7, Su-17, Su-22, Mi-8 weapons,...) and this nice one here:

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contains correctly shaped rotor blades, and a new rotor head. reinforced with metal inserts!

uncleaned blade detail:

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all my treasures together before starting:

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it is NOT a small kit at all!

Edited by exdraken

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initial measurements and comparison with scaled up plans from the plus4 publications show only a few discrepancies :) mainly the tail being of in length, and angle!

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luckily CMK already cares for the lengthening part of the operation in providing an insert:

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thats it for now, have to thing about the cockpit section... I am a bit afraid of cutting the kit up there! (black felt tip line indicating the location....)

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regards, Werner

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I have built this kit OOB many years ago and loved the build and the paint up.. so did the dog.. because he ate the damn thing ha... going to keep a close eye on this build... keep up the updates please...

jamie.

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My favourite helicopter. Beer and munchies acquired. So sitting comfortably and watching this one.

Chris

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Re the offset rear fuselage.... I took this photo at Zhulaniy, Kiev, in 2010.

It shows the offset perfectly........

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Good luck with your build......

Ken

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Good luck.

I tried this kit once. Never again. The CMK stuff just didn't want to fit at all.

Sean

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I would love this kit, it is the only 48th option isn't it? Good luck :)

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some progress_

tail glued not without problems... the diameter there does not adjust itself by just cutting it up ;)

pylons are lengthened with plastic parts from Revell pylons (is this a Trumpeter issue? or are they meant to be lengthened? nothing on it in the instructions!

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Re the offset rear fuselage.... I took this photo at Zhulaniy, Kiev, in 2010.

It shows the offset perfectly........

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Good luck with your build......

Ken

thanks Ken, very nice head on view!

according to the plans I use and some photos I took long time ago (and of course with a different focus in mind.... :( the pylons are also tilted to the right, so the and up at different distances to the ground!

the following pictures show where I decided to cut and bend:

it seems that the fuselage bottom is straight and symmetrically, just the upper fuselage and tail bends to the right

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yellow line shows a cut trough all the plastic, the red line is just cut deep enough to be able to bend the fuselage sides with some force. Take care, the plastic is quite brittle, so I had to repair on some spots!

that's how it looks now, just held together: subtle effect, but quite noticeable I think!

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pavla cockpit also needs some adjustments or heavy surgery if you prefer, especially the back side console:

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Good luck.
I tried this kit once. Never again. The CMK stuff just didn't want to fit at all.

Sean

for the time being and considering the major "refinements" everything fits quite fine for now. will keep you updated!

Edited by exdraken

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its time to think about cockpit and passenger compartment painting...

a more or less modern Czech Mi-25 seems to have dark grey cockpit instruments, not the turquoise one of older models.

what abut the rear compartment?

are they still painted light grey?

thanks for your input!

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Afraid I can't help with the cockpit colours but well done on correcting the fuselage offset. That's a brave move and a good job you've done of it.

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maybe slowest progress ever ;) and bad lightning in the photos... hope you forgive...

decided to buy Aerobonus 80 mm Rocket pods, the most likely weapon for a modern Hind:

drilled them out a bot, but they do look quite convincing in my opinion. no sure if the pointy rocket tips fit in, though..

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some cockpit painting, more priming:

you can see the amount of resin removal is necessary to fit the cockpit in he remodeled fuselage halfs

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cheers, Werner

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sooooooo...

after some creativity break the crocodile beast is back on the bench! :)

some cockpit and interior painting done, the Pavla detail is not very detailed... some kit instrument decals where used as well

the resin cockpit fits with lots of swearing into my modified inclined front fuselage, I hop it will close up without too many problems!

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rupurator rotor enhancement/replacement and cmk stub wings and pylons. I think I have to cut uf the plastic parts again, seems to have been an error many months ago on my side!

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sorry for the bad pictures, next time hopefully in better light! (autumn weather...)

thanks for comments & critics! !

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Looks good to me, one of my favourite aircraft. I'll be avoiding that cockpit though in favour of holding out on a cobra company pit!

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I closed her up!

was not easy, but i think looks ok now!

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with canopy for better visual understanding:

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inclination is ok to your eyes?

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in Russian it is called the crocodile:

this shot gives a hint as to why!:

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more work to be done :)

Edited by exdraken

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Which marking option on the decal sheet are you making?

Andy

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Yeah I like that, I will be building this kit (as I picked it up this year) for a GB in Ivory Coast colours... I think I might do that trick too for the inclination too..

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Which marking option on the decal sheet are you making?

Andy

it is supposed to be a Czech Mi-35

Yeah I like that, I will be building this kit (as I picked it up this year) for a GB in Ivory Coast colours... I think I might do that trick too for the inclination too..

do so!

I think it is not a trick, actually according to the plan I use, the trick seems to be quite accurate!

canopy glued on, judgement day ;)

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area that needs blending:

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Pavla front cockpit:

quite detailed after all!

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rear one:

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Great work! Keep watching .... :popcorn:

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