Heli-Kit News #87, 01-May-00
1. Hot out of the moulds from Cobra Company is a resin conversion set to make the 1:48 Revell / Monogram Mi-24 into a Mi-24 Hind-F twin cannon gunship, as first announced back last October in HKN #58.
#48020 features fully detailed front & rear cockpits including a new front tub, a 20mm cannon with cover door, nose plug, corrected optics viewer, all necessary external sensors and antennae, and a set of replacement wheels, 30 parts in all.
Released at the same time are three different weapons sets suitable for the Hind:
These items are only available directly from Cobra Company. The price of the Hind-F conversion is US$24.95, while the Weapons Sets are US$18.95 each.
- #48021 Russian Weapons Set #1 includes 4x AT-6 Spiral missiles and 4x B8V20A 80mm rocket pods, plus 4x pylons and hanger hardware.
- #48022 Russian Weapons Set #2 includes 4x AT-6 Spiral missiles, 2x KMGU-2 Cluster Bombs and 2x 9-A-624 gun pods with 12.7mm and 7.62mm barrels, plus 4x pylons and hanger hardware.
- #48023 Russian Weapons Set #3 includes 4x AT-6 spiral missiles, 2x UPK-23/250 30mm cannon pods and 2x 9-A-669 Grenade launchers, plus 4x pylons and hanger hardware.
2. Mentioned last week in relation to Hawkeye Models Australia's 'Dolan's Taxi' decals and author of the Squadron/Signal H-60 Walkaround, Rich Dann has his own website - Rich Dann's Aviation World.
3. 'Monster' Wilkins, author of the book 'Chopper Pilot' (HKN #82), has one too - Monster's Chopper Pad.
4. I have a little more information about the Airwaves Landing Decks, (HKN #85). There will in fact just be the one set of etched steel parts which will include one round and one rectangular version of the Royal Navy Flight Deck Aircraft Securing System, along with tie down rings, as used on Type 42 Destroyers, Type 22, Type 23, and Amazon class Frigates plus
the new Auxiliary ships. Set #AC72-211 is scheduled for release in about four weeks time.
5. Hannants are listing two sets of metal figures. These are not new, but I have never noticed them before.
- Airwar #AW7226, 1:72 Helicopter Pilots 1960-80
- Airwar #AW4826, 1:48 Helicopter Pilots 1960-80
Thanks to Chris Miller & Sherman Collings at Cobra Company, and Andrew Deeley at Airwaves.