1:72 Scale Plastic Model – Mil Mi-8 Hip Transport Helicopter – Fuselage Length: 10" Rotor Span: 11.5”
The landing gear is fixed in the extended position.
A small plastic plate with the model's scale and other information is included for display.
This plastic model is mostly assembled and painted. There is some minor assembly required. The propeller blades need to be attached to the main rotor. The attachment does not need glue but the pieces are very small and fragile and patience and a level of dexterity is needed. The fitting of the parts are held in place by friction alone but depending on the particular model, one might need to add a tiny smear of glue to hold pieces in place or on the other hand, sand/scrape some material make pieces fit.
The detail and scale of the model is comparable to other more expensive diecast metal models. The panel lines and cockpit are crisp. The paint scheme and markings are very accurately done. The markings are not decals that would crack or peel off. The marking seem to be printed onto the surfaces. Moreover the paint scheme is done in a "weathered" style where one can see different shades of darker color along particular panel lines and edges to represent oil stains and/or normal wear
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The Mil Mi-8 (Russian: Ми-8, NATO reporting name: Hip) is a medium twin-turbine helicopter, originally designed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s and introduced into the Soviet Air Force in 1968. It is now produced by Russia. In addition to its most common role as a transport helicopter, the Mi-8 is also used as an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform.
Along with the related, more powerful Mil Mi-17, the Mi-8 is among the world's most-produced helicopters, used by over 50 countries. As of 2015, when combined the two helicopters are the third most common operational military aircraft in the world.