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1/48 - Mil Mi-4 "Hound" by Trumpeter - released


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39 minutes ago, marky sparky said:

Whirlwindski 😁

 

To be pedantic (me? surely not!), the suffix 'ski' would be more applicable to a Polish aircraft/surname. If it's a Russian/Soviet equivalent then the epithet should be "Whirlwind-ev" or "Whirlwind-ov". Though American viewers would argue that it would be "Chickasaw-ov" I'm sure.

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Good to see this classic Soviet helo finally released in 1/48th scale !

It's only a little bit strange that Trumpeter has chosen ( hopefully as boxart theme only )  "yellow 03", one of few Mi-4 without the typical ventral gondola of the military versions...

Let's hope the gondola (s) will be included in the box. Anyway, some operators, like India for example, used the Mi-4 without these gondolas...and there were the radar-equipped Mi-4MAs  with small gondolas and radar dishes under the noses, so maybe there are plans to release several Hound boxings.

 

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7 hours ago, Diego said:

Good to see this classic Soviet helo finally released in 1/48th scale !

It's only a little bit strange that Trumpeter has chosen ( hopefully as boxart theme only )  "yellow 03", one of few Mi-4 without the typical ventral gondola of the military versions...

Let's hope the gondola (s) will be included in the box. Anyway, some operators, like India for example, used the Mi-4 without these gondolas...and there were the radar-equipped Mi-4MAs  with small gondolas and radar dishes under the noses, so maybe there are plans to release several Hound boxings.

 

Just my observation: in many cases, the least appealing version of a kit is issued first, with the thought that those enthusiasts with a "need"for the type will buy the proffered version.  For example the first version of the 1/48 Siebel 204 was the trainer version, not the more marketable "night bomber" version. 

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Looks very nice on the sprues :)

We have separate clamshell cargo doors, main and canopy side doors as well as a full engine.

The ventral gondola is also present on the main sprue, so a standard Mi-4A version ( not only the early Mi-4T early basic versionas strangely proposed by Trumpeter ) could be build.  The gondola seems to be of the "shorter" type, used in most late production Mi-4A Hounds, with cool camouflages, the early Mi-4A series using a longer gondola.

Unfortunately, the small front glazing of the belly gondola as well as the typical bulged cabin windows of the main Mi-4A version are missing in this release. Instead, there is a separate, flat rounded window for the door ( used on all versions ) on the main transparent sprue, but the flat windows used on the early transport  machines are on a separate sprue.

Therefore I suppose that Trumpeter plans to add a separate transparent sprue with the bulged windows as well as with the gondola transparencies on a future release.  Maybe they also plan an Mi-4MA Hound-B ASW version with the typical big radar dish under the nose...?

 

 

Also there will be a sheet with many colorful options available soon:

 

Upcoming Mi-4 Hound decals 48037 from Hi-Decal

 

Greetings

Diego

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