Hip Gunship - 1/48th Monogram Mi-24 Hind D
Updated: Dec 31
Monogram released this 1/48th scale Mi-24D kit back in 1987 and it was the only game in town until 2004 when Mini Hobby released their version (which I never came across here in Canada). More recently we have the Zvezda and Trumpeter kit releases which gives model makers some choice now for their Hind build.
Notable Kit Features:
Nice raised details in the cockpit (typical of Monogram)
Two pilot figures included
Rear crew cabin detail provided with floor, ceiling, walls and seats
Pilot and Gunner glass doors may be positioned open or closed
Rocket pods and missile armament provided
The Mil Mi-24 (Russian: Миль Ми-24; NATO reporting name: Hind) is a large helicopter gunship, attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers. It was a successful attempt to combine the firepower of a heavily armed and armored helicopter gunship with the troop-carrying capability of a light assault helicopter. The type was extensively used in combat operations in Afghanistan as well as Nicaragua.
Kit was released prior to much available data so accuracy suffered
Some pin ejector marks and flash present on my kit example
Fairly basic construction but requires some sanding and filling
The center-split engine design leaves a nasty seam down the entire exhaust
Raised panel lines
Heavy glass shows distortion
Kit Additions / Modifications:
Replaced the exhausts with brass tubing
Sanded kit rotor ribbing on main blades
Added some blade droop to main rotors
Sanded raised panel lines
At the last minute I decided to do a fictional paint job on this aircraft complete with shark teeth (as it just seemed fitting that the Russians should have adorned this aircraft with teeth.) The paint scheme for this aircraft is a "Pike" finish in green and brown over Russian blue undersides.
The After-Build Report:
As the Monogram kit can be found at very reasonable price points it may remain a viable option for those wanting to add this big gunship to their collection, however its size / shape accuracy is a downside for true Hind fans. Although better kits are on the market the Zvezda kit lacks some external details as well as internal ones - it is more accurate in shape however. Eduard reboxed this Zvezda kit with some of their goodies in it to improve things. Trumpeter did finally release their Hind as well although the price point is quite steep (I can't comment on the accuracy as I haven't seen one.) In the meantime this will remain my Hind until I come across a better kit at a decent price.
Completed build #156 in December of 2012 using the 1/48th scale Monogram #5819 kit