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Mi-26

Begemot 1/72 Mi-26 Halo Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2009 Manufacturer Begemot
Subject Mi-26 Halo Scale 1/72
Set Number 72031 Pros Markings for 39 different Mi-26 color/marking schemes
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $TBA    

First Look

Begemot Decals is an interesting decal company from Rostov-on-Don, Russia that offers a nice array of markings for Russian-built aircraft. In this release, they've provided markings for 39 different aircraft ranging from the early Mi-26 military airframes to a number of commercial eamples. These include:

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  1. Mi-26T, CCCP-29109, Aeroflot, ILA-92 Airshow, 1992
  2. Mi-26, Bort 60, 276 SHR, Borovukha AB, Belorussian SSR, 1986
  3. Mi-26, Bort 03, 344 CCE, Torzok, early 1990s
  4. Mi-26T, RA-06041, Aeroflot, 1991
  5. Mi-26, Bort 71, 340 STCHR, Ukrainian AF, 1992
  6. Mi-26TM, RA-06089, Rostvertol, 1993
  7. Mi-26T, RA-06089, Rostvertol, late 1990s
  8. Mi-26T, RA-29109, MChS, Russian Federation, late 1990s
  9. Mi-26, Bort 61, 7 Heli Bde, Ukrainian AF, mid-1990s
  10. Mi-26, Bort 54, United Nations, 1996
  11. Mi-26, Z2897, 126 HS, Indian AF, mid-1990s
  12. Mi-26, Z2898, 126 HS, Indian AF, early 1990s
  13. Mi-26, Z3076, 126 HS, Indian AF, late 2000s
  14. Mi-26, Bort 89, 325 SHR, Russian Federation, 1995
  15. Mi-26T, RA-? 535 SMTAR, Aeroflot, 1995
  16. Mi-26, Bort 55, 7 Heli Bde, Ukrainian AF, 2008
  17. Mi-26, 1901, 303 HS, Mexican AF, 2000
  18. Mi-26T, RA-06038, NKP PANH, 2000
  19. Mi-26T, RA-06041, Skytech, 2005
  20. Mi-26T, RA-06021, Skytech, 2007
  21. Mi-26, Bort 95, 325 SHR, Russian Federation, 2001
  22. Mi-26T, HL-9261, Samsung Aerospace, late 1990s
  23. Mi-26, Bort 62, 50th Mixed Airbase, Belarus AF, 2000
  24. Mi-26, Sharkmouth, 50th Mixed Airbase, Belarus AF, 2000
  25. Mi-26, EP-725, 821 Transport Bn, Peruvian AF, 2000
  26. Mi-26, Bort 92, 15 AR, Russian Federation, early 1990s
  27. Mi-26T, 112, UTair, 2000
  28. Mi-26TP, RA-06285, Moscow Fire Dept, 1999
  29. Mi-26TP, RA-06285, Moscow Aviation Center, 2003
  30. Mi-26, Bort 31, 685 SMAR, Russian Federation, 2007
  31. Mi-26T, RA-06293, Rostvertol Avia, 2005
  32. Mi-26TS, RA-29112, Nutshell, 2005
  33. Mi-26TS, RA-29112, Heavycopter, 2002
  34. Mi-26, Bort 04, 825 SHR, Russian Federation 2007
  35. Mi-26T, RA-06072, MChS Rossii, 1998
  36. Mi-26T, RF-31123, 235 MAS, Russian Federation, 2007
  37. Mi-26T2, 081, Venezuela Special Army Forces, 2004
  38. Mi-26TS, B7802, China Flying Dragon Special Aviation Company, China, 2007
  39. Mi-26, Bort 67, 696 AR, Russian Federaion, 2008

With each aircraft profile, there is a brief summary about the aircraft presented. The decal printing is perfectly in register. The instructions are printed in a eight-page booklet that provide decal placement for each aircraft type. These will provide colors and patterns needed to replicate some of these really interesting color schemes.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Begemot Decals, visit their website at http://www.begemotdecals.ru.

My sincere thanks to Begemot Decals for this review sample!

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