Revell-Monogram 1/48 Mi-24 Hind

KIT #: 5819
DECALS: Four option
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: 1998 release. 150 parts


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 is produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, along with 48 other nations.

In NATO circles, the export versions, Mi-25 and Mi-35, are denoted with a letter suffix as "Hind D" and "Hind E". Soviet pilots called the Mi-24 the "flying tank" (Russian: летающий танк, romanized: letayushchiy tank), a term used historically with the famous World War II Soviet Il-2 Shturmovik armored ground attack aircraft. More common unofficial nicknames were "Galina" (or "Galya"), "Crocodile" (Russian: Крокодил, romanized: Krokodil), due to the helicopter's camouflage scheme, and "Drinking Glass" (Russian: Стакан, romanized: Stakan), because of the flat glass plates that surround earlier Mi-24 variants' cockpits.


This kit is quite typical of Monogram kits developed in the late 1980s with raised panel line detail and excellent interior detailing. Initially released in 1987, the last in a strictly Monogram box was in 1995. This is the first Revell-Monogram release though the parts, instructions, and decals are unchanged from those earlier offerings. The most recent issue is in the blue Revell box and is from 2015, though apparently with different decals.

The tan plastic is very nicely molded and free from flash. The cockpit tub is well done with all the proper helo controls and two crew members to stick in the seats if you so wish. There is a nicely detailed cabin area as well with canvas jump seats to hold troops.

A fair amount of assembly is required prior to attaching the fuselage halves that includes inner cabin wall detailing, engine exhaust installation, main rotor hub assembly and the tail rotor installation. Then the halves can be attached along with the lower and upper fuselage inserts. A bit more cockpit work needs done before the transparency is glued in place.

The various nose sensors and gun are install d along with the landing gear. This aircraft does need some nose weight and there is room for it. Stub wings and armament are next with rocket pods and TOW missiles. The main cabin doors are next along with their windows. These can be posed open if one wishes. The same goes for the door/hatch for the pilot and gunner. The last items are various antennas and the main rotor blades.

Instructions are well drawn with generic color information. Four markings options are provided, all with the same hard edge camo pattern, but different colors. There are aircraft from Russia, North Korea, Czech Republic, and Nicaragua. The decals are nicely printed, fairly thick and glossy and the backing sheet has yellowed. However, my experience with these types of decals is that the markings are still viable.


I built this kit back when the initial release came out and was quite pleased with the results. It is very large so will take up a fair amount of shelf space. These can often be found at quite reasonable prices at shows or on the net.


November 2022

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