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Hi guys.

 

I started a new project a few days ago...

 

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It will become a Ukrainian Army Aviation Mi-24PU2.   I started with the cockpit parts which were painted black. When the Ukrainian Mi-24s where upgraded to Mi-24PUs2 standard they got a new cockpit which give them night flight suitability.

 

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For the first time I got me some Quinta Studio decals. This set is for the M-24V and provides the needed black layout for my project.

 

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Applying them is very easy and worked very well from the beginning.

Cut them out like normal decals, dip them into warm water for a few seconds and slide them to the plastic parts.

 

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Different to normal decals, the Quinta Studios 3D decals need an adhesive. Quinta recommends any PVA based glue, clear coat like Tamiya x-22 or cyanoacrylate glue. I used Micro Kristal Klear and it worked very well.

 

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The WSOs instrument panel is different in Mi-24V and Mi-24P so I had to use the kit decals here.

 

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In my opinion the seatbelts looks way better in vinyl than their etched counterparts from Eduard  & Co.

 

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Regards

Daniel

 

 

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Great start Daniel !!

These decals look imprssive indeed, I did'nt tried it yet !!

Sincerely.

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Thanks guys.

 

16 hours ago, corsaircorp said:

These decals look imprssive indeed, I did'nt tried it yet !!

The Quinta stuff is definitely worth it´s money, just give them a try.

 

 

Next on the Hind was the cabine and the engine/transmission compartment.


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Cabine was painted with Gunze H337 + a few drops of blue and the transmission housing with Tamiya xf-14.


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As I decided to close all the hatches around the engines there will be no more detailing in this area.

The weathering inside the cabine turned out a little bit heavier as it was in the cockpit. So it should be possible to see the details in the dark fuselage a bit better in the end.

 

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At the end I would say it looks okay...


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Daniel

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I made some progress on the Hind.

Before closeing the fuselage I tried to improve some little details.

 

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The engines were only painted around the rear end, even if there is nearly no chance to see anything of it later.

 

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Putting the fuselage halves and the interior together worked without of any troubles, the fit is nearly perfect so far.

 

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Same at the cockpit section, the three parts joint very smooth.

 

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Almost all the main parts are now assembled on the fuselage, some gaps need a little attention, but everything is easy to handle.

 

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The stub wings are not glued yet, I thinking about painting them separate and put them in place at the end.

 

Regards

Daniel

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  • 2 weeks later...

Little update on the Hind:

Most of the little gaps are closed with sheet or putty now and I started adding the etched parts from Eduard.

 

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Regards

Daniel

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  • 4 weeks later...

After nearly a month here comes another little update on the Hind.

After adding most of the etched parts I went further to the canopy. First I removed the poor details from the inside of the pilots door, there is another nice Quinta decal for these.

 

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Masking was a bit tricky especially on the inside.

 

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Last items were added to the pit, including a scratch built HUD.

 

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The fit of the three main clear parts is very good.

 

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The whole fuselage got some rivets, placed after some drawings I found on the net.

 

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A layer of Tamiya x-18 on the cockpit section showed me some gaps caused by bad work of mine.

...so some Green Putty was needed...

 

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After all the work on the canopy i needed something to relax, I built the external fuel tanks and gave them new fins.

 

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Cheers

Daniel

 

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Thanks.

Yeah it´s called Crocodile by the Russians and also the Ukrainians, Hind was only the name the NATO gave the Mi-24.

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Last update bofor it goes to painting.

Some metalic areas on the little radar and the pylons were painted and will be masked for painting the camouflage.

 

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The tailplanes were mounted using a metal axle as the original joints seems a bit to weak for the HF antenna cables which will be added later in the little metal tubes I added.

 

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Pitot from the box vs. my scratch built one made from an ejection needle and the etched parts for the little wings.

 

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Wheel bay door from the etched set.

 

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Thats the status quo, everything prpared for the first paint layer.

 

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Regards

Daniel

 

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Great looking model already! Also, thank you for this tutorial! It`s really helpful.

 

May I ask, what are these two things? :D

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By the way, since you`ve used the Quinta interior, is there a reason for not using their vacuformed canopy too?

 

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