|H&R 1:300th scale Mi-8 "Hip"|
These had been sitting in one my "undercoated but awaiting further painting" trays for several years, because finishing looked a bit of a challange - camoflage would have to be applied, and they would have to be numbered, etc. As it turned out, the job wasn't too dificult. Of course I realise that two models isn't exactly a huge dent in the proverbial lead mountain, but from small beginnings do great things grow...
The Mi-8, or "Hip" in NATO parlance, was the standard WarPac utility helicopter throughout the 1970s; an upgraded version, designated the Mi-17, was introduced into Czechoslovakia in the mid-1980s; it can be distinguished by having the tail rotor on the other side of the vehicle.
|Unit 0812 of the 51 vlrp, modelled ca. 1980.|
|The missiles should be extra rockets...|
|Deploying (half) a paratroop battalion.|
|Sctach-built BzK vz. 59 in centre fore.|