Russian Project Mi-8MT

The Russian Project kit is currently the only option for a 1/48 Mi-8.  It is deplorable that such a common helicopter has not been produced by mainstream vendors such as Italeri, Hasegawa, and others (of course, you can get it in 1/72 from Hobby Boss and others, and 1/35 from Trumpeter).

I have bought this kit a number of years ago from a vendor in the UK.  Kit availability is poor: I have seen it listed on eBay twice in the last 5 years, and there is no vendor that currently carries it for sale (as far as I know). 

Some kits are scarier than others!  This one is definitely the scariest kit I ever saw: The kit is comprised of very thick plastic parts, crude white metal parts, and a small PE sheet.  The clear parts comprise the vacuform canopy and side windows.

Assembly starts with separating the floor and side walls (a rough plastic sheet about 2 millimeters thick).  The white metal parts are so crude, I have set aside spares from a Monogram Mi-24 to replace them (the parts are very similar).  I suspect the fuselage assembly will be difficult as fitting seems poor because of warping.  Pictures follow…

Kit Summary: 

  • Russian Project RP8001
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Availability:  Very Poor
  • Status: Out Of Production
  • Estimated Street Price: $100.00
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