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Mil Mi-2T Hoplite

by Alby Moore (1:72 HobbyBoss)

Mil Mi-2T Hoplite

This is my build up of the new 1/72 Hobbyboss Mil Mi-2T Hoplite (kit #. I built this kit completely OOB, decals included. The moldings are up to current standards in that there are finely recessed panel lines and rivet detail. Interior detail is light but looks the part, with pilot/co-pilot seats, collective and cyclic sticks, and cabin seats in the cargo area. The overhead console and instrument panels are represented with decals. The overall fit is exceptional, with just a little filler needed where the forward engine cowling meets up with forward fuselage/wind screen piece.

Speaking of the frontal area, Hobbyboss gets major kudos for getting this area spot on. The other 1/72 Mi-2 kits that were released prior to the HB kit all fall short in accuracy in the windscreen/nose/forward engine cowling area. The only let downs that stick out to me are the oversize main rotor and tail rotor. The main rotor-head and swash-plate assembly are way too big. The main rotor-blades are too long and the trim tabs need to be relocated forward a bit. Lastly, the tail rotor blades are too long and a little narrow in chord. Raiding these bits from an Intech/Mastercraft Mi-2T/URP-G kit will resolve the rotor issues in the Hobbyboss kit. The finish was done with Model Master Enamels (FS34079 Dark Green upper surfaces and sides, RLM 78 Hellblau for the lower surfaces). As mention, the decals came from the kit (the tail band however was painted).

The markings represent an Mi-2 from the defunct air arm of the Civil Defense Regiment. All in all this was a very fun kit to build. The oversize rotors do give it negative points, but its still the best Mi-2 kit now available.

Mil Mi-2T Hoplite

Mil Mi-2T Hoplite

Mil Mi-2T Hoplite

Mil Mi-2T Hoplite

Mil Mi-2T Hoplite

Mil Mi-2T Hoplite

Mil Mi-2T Hoplite

Mil Mi-2T Hoplite

Alby Moore

Published on 17. August 2011

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