1/48 Zvezda Mi 24V/VP
After horrific Sword’s F3h I laid down my hands, like a tiger, onto the Zvezda’s 1/48 Mi24. I really don’t want to say anything about this helicopter escept, it is LEGEND. Can You say, for example, Afghanistan without remembering this helicopter? Some few clicks from my house there is military airports where are Senke stationed (Shadows in English) with their modifications of Mi24s – Mi35, so I can see them almost every day above my head, real brute chariots. That is In fact, this was my 2nd ever built model while I was studying some almost 10 years ago. I painted that model by handbrush. In fact, this one in 48th scale is resized and retooled model from 72nd scale.
Model comes in impressive giant box. Parts are without any sing of flash! Clear parts are fabolous, decals printed from Begemot. Impressive model. But with dissantvantages. Those problems are not real problems for some a little bit more experinced modelers with some modelling tools. Whole helicopter has so shallow panels that I think the hair is thicker. And, there is not a single one rivet present. I hate rivet counting, but on the helicopter of this siye panels and rivets are must. So, if You want to achieve realistic details You have to scribe panels and rivets. it took me some 3 hours to that clean and neat. Another problem is plane cockpit. Whole instrument panel, side walss. a re without any raised detail. You glue parts, paint them, gloss varnish them and put decals on, seats are without harnesses… So for that reason I decided to place pilots in the cockpit, to give it some realism. Just because of the pilots my next plan was to make the plane ready for flight, with all the hatces closed. I did all the interior and engines inside, but I closed them inside.
The fit is apsolutely fenomenal! I didn’t use a drop of putty. Just carefull sanding, glueing with liquid cement and You are ready to go! I’m not satisfied with canopy which is made from some 5 parts.You have to be enormous careful.
I lost DUAS probe after breaking it. I scratchuld another from needle and some pe parts which I measured, cut and glued onto their place. And, I’m more satisfied with that probe than with that OOB.
I decided to arm it to the teeth. I made two UPK-23-250, and four 9K114 Shturm tubes, along with two B-8V20. For the nose turret I made Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B Gatling gun.
For the first time I used Zvezda acrylics. I get them from frined of mine who told me that thjose colors are the most representative for this model. And, for ral, these colors prove to be right ones. I thin them with Vallejo thinner and they behaved excellent. So good that I could frehand paint the camo. Some shading and postshading was done with ak real colors. Whole model is painted with Harder & Steenback Evolution and Infinity airbrushes. Metal parts are painted with Alclad II.
After gloss varnish I put decals made by Begemot, and they are superb!
I did all the wires and cables for rotors out of scratch. Also, wires are made from scartch. All the glassess for radars are made with Micro Kristal Klear. Also I scratch position lights and glass for 8mm camera on the left wing.
All the weathering was done with Ak panleliners and washes. Other weathering was done with allmight Abteilung 502 oils.
So, this is finished Zvezda’s Mi 24… I’m awaiting for Your comments, cheers!
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