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Mi-35 Hind Kit

Hasegawa 1/72 Mi-35 Hind 'Czech AF' Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2017 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject Mi-35 Hind 'Czech AF' Scale 1/72
Kit Number 02247 Primary Media Styrene/Photo-Etch
Pros Very nice detailing Cons See text
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $59.99

First Look

Mi-35 Hind Kit
Mi-35 Hind Kit
Mi-35 Hind Kit
Mi-35 Hind Kit

The Mi-24 series first started development in the late 1960s following the success of the AH-1 Cobra in combat. As the AH-1 was developed using the power train from the UH-1 Huey, the Mil Design Bureau also saved development time by adapting key airframe and powerplant components from the Mi-8 Hip/Mi-14 Haze family. The Mi-24 was closer in development to the UH-1C Huey Hog, as it not only carried an impressive array of firepower on its stub wings, it also retained the ability to carry troops in its cabin.

One of the mainstays of the Soviet Tactical Aviation forces was the Mi-24V (Hind E) which was widely deployed among Soviet (later Russian) tactical aviation regiments as well as exported to allied nations including the Warsaw Pact. The export version of the Mi-24V was designated as the Mi-35. The Mi-24V and Mi-35 are distinguished by their anti-tank weapons update - while earlier Hinds carried four AT-2 missile on missile rails mounted to the outboard wing-stub pylons, the Hind E carried the AT-6 missiles in launch tubes mounted to the same pylons.

Over 30 years ago, Hasegawa first released the Mi-24 Hind A and Mi-24D Hind D kits, and they remain one of the best options for this subject in this scale today. Over the years, Hasegawa added additional parts to add additional details and version options to the Hind D tooling to render the Mi-24V Hind E and Mi-24P Hind F. This kit benefits from those updates but also includes additional parts from low-pressure injection-molded plastic to provide additional details.

The kit is molded in gray styrene and rendered on six parts trees, plus a single tree of clear parts, and a small fret of photo-etch details. Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Nicely detailed cockpits
  • Positionable main cabin door (no details inside the main cabin)
  • Positionable landing gear
  • Rotor blades molded with droop
  • IR exhaust supressors included (not mentioned in instructions)
  • Chaff/flare fuselage launchers provided in PUR
  • Extended antennas provided in PUR
  • Rear starboard bulged doghouse door provided in PUR
  • Photo-etched rotor details

The kit includes four UB-32-57 rocket pods (used on most Hinds) and four AT-2 missiles w/dual launch rails (not used on the Hind E). The tooling was not updated evidently for the AT-6 missiles carried on the Hind E and Hind F.

This kit comes with an option for two subjects in Czech AF service:

  • Mi-35, Bort 3370, 311 Sqn commemorative markings, Czech AF, 2016
  • Mi-35, Bort 7360, Czech AF

The subject of the box art is bort 3370, painted in RAF Coastal Command WWII colors and carrying the ID letters PP-K, which was the identifier for a Liberator VI (EV953) flown by 311 Squadron (Czech) during the war before the aircraft and crews returned to Czechoslovakia after the war.

This release provides a pair of distinctive subjects that will look great on your scale flightline. Wouldn't it be nice to see a future limited edition Mi-24/35 with either the eagle or alien paint scheme provided as decals?

Here is a list of paints Hasegawa identifies for the colors of this kit and the equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
Middle Stone
 
71.031
C021
H071
N071
A013
C013
 
MMP076
121
TS46
2052
X009
XA1009
Burnt Iron
0187
71.073
C061
H076
N076
A106
C106
 
MMM01
147
LP54
XF84
 
X508
Tire Black
0033
71.315
C137
H077
N077
 
UA733
MMP040
 
LP65
XF85
 
 
Khaki Drill
 
 
C055
H081
N081
 
 
 
 
XF49
 
 
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Clear Blue
 
70.938
C050
H093
N093
 
 
 
267
LP68
X23
 
 
Underside Blue
 
71.328
C314
H314
A092
C092
UA139
 
225
 
1722
 
White
 
71.279
C316
H316
A049
C049
 
MMP104
099
AS20
XF02
1745
X141
XA1141
Medium Sea Gray
0246
71.307
C335
H335
A141
C141
UA028
MP094
112
AS11
XF83
2058
X003
XA1003
Light Gray
0209
71.276
C338
H338
A050
C050
UA023
MMP116
364
 
1732
X139
XA1139

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!

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