A closer look at the 1:100 MIL Mi-24D Hind model kit by Revell. Looking at the informations from Scalemates, it seems that this kit was published by Revell for the first time in 1993, this kit is the 2016 version with a full color instruction manual. It was one of the first helicopter kits I bought, and when "TANKS The Modern Age" was published, it seemed pretty clear what I would do with it.
Included in this kit are 4 sprues full of parts, including one sprue with clear parts, and a nice decalsheet with a lot of decals for just one version.
The kit looks good at the first look, no flash or visible ejectormarks. But there are some minor sinkholes which I found when I basecoated the model. Also, when built, there are some small gaps which could need some filling with putty.
But except for that, the overall impression of this model kit is good and building this kit went on without any big issues, more on that later.
The clear parts for the cockpit canopy and the side windows are relatively thick and distort the view slightly. Since I built this as a gamepiece, I painted the clearparts black from the inside and masked them before I painted the kit. This way they will keep their shiny look.
The pretty extensive decalsheet is produced in the usual good Revell quality and offers one version, from this kit you can build a Mi-24D of the 335th Aviation Regiment stationed in Kundus/Afganistan in 1980.
When I built this kit, I had some smaller issues building the main rotor, the way it is shown in the instuctions is not the easiest way to build it, but beside that the kit is nice. Also, a little bit annoying is the plastic which is used for this kit. Smaller parts get pretty soft when glue is attached and need some time for drying.
With its minor faults, this is a nice model kit, especially for its price. I got three of them and paid an average price of 5 Euro. Two are already built, the third will be kept for later.
Both are used for "TANKS The Modern Age", and they are accompanied by the Battlefront Miniatures (Team Yankee) kit from the game expansion.
As you can see, I made new base pieces for the clear rods of the flightbases, the reasons are that there are 2 clear rods but only one base piece included (what a waste), and the the included base pieces were a little uneven. The new bases are very simple, a plastic disc with some grass mat attached, but they blend in nice on our battlefield.
Their first deployment will be "OP Easter Front" next weekend, when we will have another 4 player game.