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Mi-2 T Hoplite

(HobbyBoss - Nr. 87241)

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

Facts:

Hersteller:HobbyBoss
Theme:Utility Helicopters
Productnumber:87241 - Mi-2 T Hoplite
Scale:1:72
Type:Full kits
Year of release:June 2011
Price:ca. 12€

Review:

Aeroteam/ Airex, Intech/ Smer/ Mastercraft/ Sky High and Amodel all released Mi-2 kits before. But all of them have prominent issues with the nose and windshield section.

Hobbyboss just released their new kit. Here a summary what tho expect when opening the box.

  • crisp detail with recessed panel lines and rivets
  • cabin ceiling with overhead panel
  • recessed detailed main instrument panel
  • correctly shaped front fuselage
  • overall good impression
  • each sprue seperately bagged

but as in every kit, there are some less good points to mention:

  • oversized main rotor head
  • too long main rotor blades with wrongly placed trim plates
  • too long tail rotor with slightly too narrow chord
  • inaccurately shaped auxilliary fuel tanks
  • moulded-on windscreen wiper

(German DHS-profiles were used for comparison)

Most of the negative points can easily avoided by stealing part from the earlier kits mentioned above.

The decal sheet provides markings for a camouflaged Polish Army version, a russian and an ukrainian aircraft, each in overall olive drab with grey-blue undersurfaces.

Note from Felix: With some luck you'll find the Mastercraft boxing of the Intech kit very cheap (around 5 Euros). It's worth to have a look at the Mastercraft boxing as they provide a lot more interesting schemes like e.g. German, Polish, Slovenian and Czech Police, Mexican and Polish Navy (SAR) as well as Hungarian and German (SAR) options.

There is also an announced variation, a Mi-2 URN with the number 87243 - This one will contain weapons and decals for GDR and Germany Police flying squads.

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

HobbyBoss - Mi-2 T Hoplite

More infos:

Reviewed by hubifreak - 27. June 2011

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