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Mi-8T vs. Mi-8MT/Mi-17 differences

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Why do people always duck underneath rotor blades, even if they're 12' off the ground? :)

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Why do people always duck underneath rotor blades, even if they're 12' off the ground? :)/>

Because you can never fully trust a helicopter. :lol:

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Because you can never fully trust a helicopter. :lol:/>

What he said...

Can't speak for others but it was drummed into me from day one that you always duck when under the rotor disk (and stay away from the t/r).

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I'd Probably do just about anything for a 1/48 kit of either

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Team, 

I think I know the answer, but I'd like to ask anyway.

 

I want to build a 1/72 Mi-8 with rocket pods in the colours of the Vietnam People's Air Force. I'm by no means an expert, nor will I have any doors open. Should I get the Hobby Boss or Zvezda kit, and why?

 

Thanks in advance.

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I agree with Ken but that said it depends on what your looking for and how much you want to spend.

 

The HB kit does not have the rockets and wings, so you need the Zvezda kit or aftermarket (Dreammodel, Heli Resin, etc). Then you have to know the exhaust type which IIRC HB is late and VAF is probably early (I don't know but is how Murphy's law works for me) so a resin set from Pavla or Heli Resin. Fuel tanks, nose and dampers become the next questions.

 

So the Zevzda OOB might met your modeling needs, even with the warts Ken talked about. 

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Thanks gents, that's the kind of simple summation I was hoping for!

 

Depending on cost I may forget about the rocket pods...if I can get the HB kit for a price close to the Zvezda that's the decision made.

 

Thanks for your links Ken, I was *this* close to PM'ing and asking if you had anything online about Hips outside this thread.

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As Tank says, a VAF Mi-8 is probably an early Mi-8T, whereas the HB kits are late Mi-8MT's (despite one of them being labelled as a 'Mi-8T')

 

Here are the differences.......

 

Mi-8T (Early Hip)....

 

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Mi-8MT/Mi-17 (late Hip)....

 

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So you cannot make an early VAF Mi-8T from the HB kit - without some mods.

 

I did my Mi-8T using a Pavla resin set.......

 

Mi-8%20021.jpg

 

Have fun...

 

Ken

 

PS - More of my Hipiness.....

 

http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/modl_mi-8.html

 

http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/modl_mi-14.html

 

http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/modl_mi-17-18.html

 

http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/modl_mi-18.html

 

 

 

 

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