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