||LHD35002 Bush War
Hinds Collection Part 2
LHD35003 Mi-24 Hind Airframe Stencil Data
||1/35 (also available
in 1/48 and 1/72 scale)
||Waterslide decals plus
instructions and notes
USD$16.99 each from Linden Hill Imports
USD$7.99 each from Linden Hill Imports
providing complete coverage of all sixteen different aircraft from ten Air
Forces. Perfect register and minimal carrier film. Detailed instructions and
decal sheet map included.
||Some rarer variants
require conversion from available kits
|| Highly Recommended
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Linden Hill has followed on
from their first Bush War Hind decal pack released earlier this year with
another comprehensive collection of unusual Mi-24 operators in a variety of
schemes. With a well deserved reputation for their research and access to
information that others often only guess at, it is no surprise that this
selection will probably have something to wet any Hind fanís appetite. In the
neat ziplock bag is a comprehensive instruction booklet, in the newer Linden
Hill format, with plenty of
colour profiles of the subjects and
plenty of supporting text. This book covers no less than eight A4 pages,
although one is an advertisement for their Hind Airframe Stencil set. The decals
themselves are spread over two A5 sheets plus one smaller supplementary sheet.
Unlike their previous Hind collection this set does not include airframe
stenciling, making the Airframe Stencil set essential for the committed modeler.
no less than twelve individual airframes from ten Air Forces included, there is
ample choice. Some have even been newsworthy in recent weeks, adding to the
interest. The subjects covered are:
Mi-24RKh - Red 41, an unusual chemical
warfare reconnaissance variant serving with the Group of Soviet Forces
Germany in 1991.
Mi-24V - 0813 of the Slovak Air Force in
Mi-24V - Serbian Security Forces 1998. This
aircraft saw extensive use in Kosovo prior to Operation Allied Force.
Mi-35H - H357 Angolan Air Force 1991
Mi-24VP - Red 33 Naval Aviation of the
Baltic Fleet of Russia 85th Anniversary 2001
Mi24D - CH612 Sri Lankan Air Force 1997, a
veteran of operations against the Tamil Tigers
Mi-35 - Eritrean Air Force in 2000.
Mi-35 - Ethiopian Air Force in 2000. Both of
these aircraft saw action in the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea in the
Mi-25 - 4493 of the Iraqi Army Aviation
Corps, Basra 1991. This particular aircraft was captured by US forces during
Desert Storm and now resides in the US.
Mi-24D - TU-VHO of the Ivory Coast
Government Forces in December 2002. Whilst it is not clear if these aircraft
were still being operated in 2004, if it was then it is likely it was
destroyed by French forces in November 2004 as part of operations against
the Ivory Coast Air Force following attacks on peace-keeping forces.
Mi-35 Ė Z3039/Z3131 of the Indian Air Force.
As one can imagine, with
this many operators there are numerous variations on
colours applied. Linden Hill have
helpfully provided FS approximations for all schemes, along with some
recommendations from major paint manufacturers for some of the more unusual
colours such as those on the Slovak and
Serbian aircraft. Furthermore there are detailed descriptions and
recommendations for details such as the wheels, rotor blades, hubs etc to ensure
an accurate model. Finally
colour photographs of some subjects
reinforce the observation that these aircraft were generally extremely
weathered, be it by the harsh African sun or the weather of Northern Russia
The variety of type
designations for the Mi-24 is daunting, but the ones in this set essentially
represent the two major sub-types and their export model equivalents. With the
exception of the Mi-24RKh (a specialist chemical warfare reconnaissance variant)
these subjects can be built largely from the Trumpeter 1/35 scale kit currently
on the market, with some of the unique details being taken care of by Eastern
European aftermarket specialists.
Having built an Mi-24 with
this set, a modeler may then not want to use the kit supplied maintenance
stenciling. Linden Hill addresses this with a comprehensive sheet based on
aircraft maintenance manuals and information from their contacts in Russia. The
single A5 sheet, with accompanying A4 sheet of instructions covers the fuselage,
main and tail rotors, cabin and weapons pylons. In addition there are two
variations of tail rotor warning and a neat set of faded Russian stars, perfect
for those highly weathered subjects in the Bush War Hinds set.
Linden Hillís sheets are
printed, being very thin and with minimal carrier film. The complex designs
themselves are in perfect register. The decals are easy to use and respond well
to the usual solutions without damage. Being thin they conform well to details
over which they are laid. Yet again Linden Hill has come up with an excellent
product and they should be congratulated for bringing these unusual subjects to
Both Sets Highly
Thanks to Linden Hill Imports for the review sample.
Linden Hill Decals are available
from Linden Hill Imports' website
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