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Aeroplast 1/48 Mi-2 "Czajnik" 50 lat

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This is Aeroplast's 1/48 Mil Mi-2 Hoplite. The Polish nickname for this aircraft is Czajnik, which means teapot. This is a 50th anniversary scheme. This will my 2nd helicopter.

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Paint and decals will be interesting.

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I'm also using some aftermarket, a Yahu IP, Part PE, and masks.

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Here's the subject

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Cute little helicopter. I didn't realize that all of the Mi-2's were built in Poland. It should be a colorful addition to your model display when finished.

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Working on the cockpit. The instructions provide no guidance on interior or detail colors, so lots of research is needed. Will try to post the painted and assembled cockpit this weekend.

Here are the bits as they stand. Need to paint the floor a dark brown for linoleum, black seat cushions, seat belts (the pile of PE in the front), and finally the controls (mostly black, but also metal).

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Thanks!

I'm happy so far. I wish I could get specific photos of the interior of this aircraft, but I think I've found enough to do a good job.

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The interior's complete

mi_2_interior0.jpg

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The Yahu IP is pretty nice!

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Thanks. I'm mostly happy with it, but I do want to tweak the lap belts a wee bit.

Hm, it looks like I used both flat and gloss Vallejo paint for the seat cushions. :doh:

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Thanks. This is my 2nd heli, and the first with an interior.

I had managed to install the first-aid(?) box on the center column in the wrong position (should be forward side, not starboard). I sliced that off and will now fix it.

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For some odd reason, Aeroplast likes to mold parts in clear. I can understand the door as well as the nose

mi-2-nose.jpg

But the cockpit ceiling?

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Though, it did turn out well enough

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As you would expect, the molded grills are mostly shallow and/or coarse:

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To use the Part PE grills, I'll need to cut the openings and trim the grills...some quite a bit

mi-2-partgrills.jpg

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mi-2-transhousingfront.jpg

mi-2-partgrills.jpg

Hello dnl42,

I suggest you stick to local bars with a sharpened drill and adjust the cut design with sandpaper until the PE grade between good fair on site.

Do not attach the front or the back of the hole ... paste in the middle of the hole in order to get quite close to the rest of the piece.

Great job what are you doing in this kit!

[]s :salute:

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Got the grates in. First I needed to remove the molded grates.

mi-2-grates0.jpg

Then I needed to size the PE grates. After a lot of thought, I realized that nipping the "bars" wasn't that hard, and could be done with enough precision to get a good fit. As you can see by the white plastic, I got a little rambunctious removing plastic on port side, so I rebuild the opening...

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And here's the transmission housing

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nice work with that PE. Looks like it was pretty tricky surgery, but the result is clearly worth it.

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Thanks Kurt,

It was tricky. I made a small error on the first opening, which I was able to repair with "melted sprue" putty. The white Evergreen strip repair above was the last opening I cut. I didn't notice until I tried to fit the grill, which was then too small. I guess I was a little tired when I cut it... <_<

One thing I'm contemplating is the intake behind the bar grill; the gaping void behind it is all the more visible. The part itself and photos suggest the duct angles up. If I could get a good head-on shot, I might be able to do something better. I'll probably just put black blanking plates behind the other grills...

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Next up is the rotor. The kit's rotor shaft and a some other tubular parts suffered from mold mis-alignment. I rebuilt the main shaft (upper) using Albion tubing from 2.0 mm down to 0.8 mm for the longer parts. The base parts were 1/8 in and 3/32 in K&S tubes; I thinned the 1/8 in tube to 0.113 in outer diameter and enlarged the 3/32 in tube to 2.0 mm inner diameter. The other parts (lower) used 0.6, 0.8, and 1.0 mm tubing.

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The rest of the 22 parts went together well enough considering some of their sizes. Per the instructions, I built the rotor head on the shaft.

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And it stacks up pretty nicely

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Thanks for lookin!

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Got the fuselage buttoned up. It took a while because of the overhead control panel. The instructions would have you install the panel onto one fuselage half and then join the other fuselage half. Problem is, there's no positive location. After enough fiddling, I realized I would be much better off joining the fuselage first and then placing the part. That worked out quite well.

With the temporarily fitted transmission housing atop the fuselage, it's getting its characteristic shape.

mi_2_fuselage1.jpg

While most of the parts fit well, these panels on the fuselage bottom do have some gaps to address.

mi_2_fuselage3.jpg

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Great work so far, I like the scratchbuilding with the shafts.

Those bottom panels are going to require some serious PSR (putty sand repeat) good luck...

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Kurt, thanks. I hate it when round parts are mis-aligned...simply making them round can fundamentally change their dimensions, which was fatal to the rotor assembly in this case. I loved the way the Albion tubing worked out--just perfect! Fortunately, those fuselage bottom panel lines exist; I didn't need to eradicate them, just fill them in.

Zac, I had a lot of trepidation about the grills, but I'm quite happy with the result.

Here's the tail rotor. Despite the very fine parts, it built quite nicely.

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Hmm, need to clean up those mold seams.

Got the tail completed and the windshield in, need to add the forward doors. Have also been working on the various other parts, like tanks, wheels, &etc.

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Have you made it back to the forums? I sure hope so this has been a really neat build so far and I would like to see more.

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