A Hind with a different tilt
Probably my most favorite helicopter (which is probably not my most favorite aircraft type) is the Mi-24 Hind. It is a very interesting and unusual looking design. And from what I’ve read, it’s pretty effective as well.
One of the things that strikes me as strange is that it seems all the available kits of this machine lack one very important detail: “for aerodynamic reasons the central section and tail cone are inclined 2 degrees 30 minutes to starboard”. And I am quoting from the Czech 4+ publication on the Mi-24, a resource I believe is a very good one. Even the Trumpeter 1/32 kit does not reproduce this, seemingly a gross error at that scale.
Once you are aware of this fact, it is interesting to look for its evidence in photos. You will find it.
Quite a few years ago I built the Monogram 1/48 Mi-24 using this information. It wasn’t easy to achieve this, and I found also that the tail boom on this kit was too short, so had to correct that as well. Of course this kit has its other problems, but it was the one I had, and at that scale, I was crazy enough to give it a try. This just seemed too important a fact to ignore and not try to correct on the model. Too bad I was too far along to include the Cobra cockpit!
Anyway, here are a few photos of my model of the Hind. Two of them show the canted fuselage pretty clearly. Also, if you look at the port side photo, you can see the extra vertical space I added above the windows, on the door with the two windows, compared to the starboard side. That’s where the “tilt” occurs, to push the cabin and tail boom to starboard. As they say, “the devil is in the details”.
4 additional images. Click to enlarge.