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Mi-24V/VP Hind E

Zvezda 1/48 Mi-24V/VP Hind E Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2020 Manufacturer Zvezda
Subject Mi-24V/VP Hind E Scale 1/48
Kit Number 4823 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice detail options Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $37.99

First Look

Mi-24V/VP Hind E
Mi-24V/VP Hind E
Mi-24V/VP Hind E
Mi-24V/VP Hind E
Mi-24V/VP Hind E

The Mi-24 series started development in the late 1960s following the success of the AH-1 Cobra. 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. The first versions of the Mi-24, NATO Codenamed Hind A, B & C, all featured a greenhouse cockpit housing the pilot and gunner. The next version of the Hind was the first to employ a similar tandem seating arrangement as the AH-1 Cobra, with the gunner in the forward cockpit and the pilot sitting above and behind the gunner. The Mi-24D Hind D retained the typical armament arrangement of the later glassnose Hinds with four rocket pods on the inboard pylons and four AT-3 anti-tank missiles on the outboards.

While operational experience dictated additional improvements for the next version, the Mi-24V Hind E, some of these were retro-fitted to the Hind D as well. These included centrifugal air filters over the engine intakes, an infrared jammer mounted aft of the main rotor, provisions for engine exhaust IR suppressors, self-protection chaff/flare launchers, and replacement of the four AT-3 missiles/rails with four cannisterized AT-6 anti-tank missiles. The Mi-24D, Mi-24V, and export Mi-35 were the combat workhorses of not only the former Soviet Union (especially in operations in Afghanistan), but also throughout the Warsaw Pact and many allied nations around the world. Many of these aircraft are still in service with the Russian armed forces and have even found their way into German Army service as well as with the US Army for OPFOR (opposing forces) training.

Zvezda released this kit earlier this year and is finally finding its way to North America despite the shipping disruptions from the Wuhan virus. This kit has been highly anticipated given that the only other option for this subject in 1/48th scale is the venerable Monogram kit. Molded in light gray styrene, this kit is presented on six parts trees plus one tree of clear parts. Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Optional crew figures for the pilot and gunner stations
  • Nice cockpit layout, but the kit panels are smooth (no details)
  • Instrument panels and side console details are provided as decals (see notes below)
  • Main cabin is fully enclosed and provides passenger seating
  • Detailed transmission
  • Detailed TV-3 engines
  • Optional cetrifugal engine intake filters
  • Positionable cockpit access doors
  • Positionable main cabin doors
  • Positionable engine compartment doors
  • Positionable transmission access doors
  • Positionable landing gear
  • Choice of 12.7mm or 23mm cannons in nose turret
  • Optional IR suppressors for engine exhausts
  • Main rotor blades have molded-in droop
  • Exteral chaff/flare launchers

External stores include:

  • 4 x B8V20 rocket pods
  • 2 x UPK-23 gun pods
  • 4 x Shturm (AT-6 Spiral) anti-tank missiles
  • 4 x external fuel tanks

Markings are provided for four examples:

  • Mi-24V, bort 05, Soviet Forces Afghanistan, 1988
  • Mi-24V, 7360, Czech AF, 2012
  • Mi-24VP, bort 33, Russian Navy Baltic Fleet, 2015
  • Mi-24VP, bort 37, Russian Navy Baltic Fleet, 2019

Notes:

  • As has been noted by other reviewers previously, this kit is a scaled-up version of Zvezda's 1/72 kit which explains the baby smooth surfaces inside and out. The full-scale Mi-24 is COVERED with rivets on the exterior surfaces. While these could have been rendered as recessed rivets on this kit, there are no rivets visible on the exterior surfaces. You can use a riveting wheel to replicate these on the kit's surfaces or you can use resin-printed rivet decals available from multiple sources.
  • While the main cabin does have some detail, the cockpits are bare. While decals might be the ideal solution in 1/72 scale, this isn't the case in 1/48. The good news here is that Quinta Studio produces two sets of 3D color-printed resin details for the Mi-24V cockpits, one with standard turquoise interior color and the other with the NATO updated airframes with black interior cockpit colors.
  • The TV-3 engines look good out of the box, but they could use some wiring/plumbing details if you want to position the access doors open. There are plenty of good reference photos out there.
  • The nose is rendered separately, so there are possibilities that we'll see the Mi-24P gunship with those side-mounted 30mm cannons and perhaps an early greenhouse nosed version. We shall see.

Despite the notes above, this kit is currently the best option for the Mi-24 in 1/48th scale.

Here is a list of paints Zvezda identifies for use with this kit and their equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
Sandgrau
RAL 7027
0009
 
C321
H321
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Aluminum
0194
71.062
C218
A078
C078
 
MMM003
009
LP38
XF16
 
 
Dark Copper
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
XF28
 
 
Metal Black
 
71.073
C078
H028
N028
 
 
 
 
LP40
X10
 
 
Flat Red
0049
71.269
H013
N013
A132
C132
LC006
 
 
XF07
2733
 
Sky Blue
 
71.089
C034
H025
N025
 
LC058
 
 
X14
 
 
Dark Gray
0008
71.056
H401
A224
C224
UA207
MMP014
034
LP27
XF63
2094
 
Brown JGSDF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
XF72
 
 
Yellow
0125
71.078
C113
H413
 
UA140
MMP090
051
XF03
2072
X213
XA1213
Flat White
0050
71.101
C062
H011
N011
A101
C101
LC001
 
 
LP04
XF02
1768
 
Interior Green
Mitsubishi
 
 
C126
 
 
MMP109
 
XF71
 
 
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Light Blue
0063
71.257
C117
H417
A038
C038
UA509
MMP051
066
AS05
XF23
2086
X208
XA1208
Light Gray
RN Gray 507C
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
XF80
 
 
Neutral Gray
0239
71.051
C013
H022
N022
A054
C054
UA071
MMP103
039
AS07
XF53
1725
 
Dark Green
0206
71.324
C330
H330
A143
C143
 
 
 
AS30
XF81
2060
X001
Khaki Brown
0071
71.136
H404
 
UA209
MMP141
 
XF49
2100
 
Deep Gray
0908
71.314
C301
H301
A030
C030
UA030
 
241
XF24
1788
 
Dark Green
RLM 83
0925
71.011
C123
H423
A022
C022
UA132
MMP054
072
AS24
XF51
2091
X211
XA1212
Bright Green
Dilectric Green
0054
 
C066
H026
N026
 
 
 
 
TS35
X28
 
 
Red Brown
0015
71.041
C041
H047
N047
A147
C147
U205
MMP012
036
TS01
XF64
2096
X807
XA1807
Deep Green
0238
71.124
C302
H302
A056
C056
UA008
 
235
XF26
1764
X114
XA1114
Flesh
RAL 8031
0026
71.117
C051
H044
N044
 
 
 
 
LP30
XF15
 
 
Dark Green
RAL 6003
0001
 
 
 
 
 
 
TS02
XF61
 
 
Green
0074
71.329
C006
H006
N006
A093
C093
UA060
MMP004
385
AS13
X05
2029