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Mi24D Hind by Dan Vadas - Halinski - 1:33 scale - CARD - Russian Attack Helicopter - FINISHED

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Hi all, 

 

My latest Card model - A Halinski kit of a Russian Mi24D Helicopter. Here are the pics of the cover page, 2 of the 3 pages of the  laser-cut pieces, resin wheels and a preformed canopy :

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This is going to be my most difficult card model to date. There are over 4,000 pieces (HMS Hood had about 2,500), some of them half the size of the smallest I've done so far. This should be FUN :D .

 

Danny

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Thank you all :) .

 

The start of the build is the cabin. The laser-cut parts are perfect, much better than I could cut by hand in 0.5mm and 1.0mm card. Here is the main framing :

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Two of the instrument panels. These have some very small parts. The gauge panel is laminated in 3 parts - the gauges, a very thin piece of clear acrylic from a cigarette packet, and the fascia which has been punched for the gauges :

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The axe and fire extinguisher took me half a day to make :

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The panels fitted to the cabin :

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Danny

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The cabin is loaded with small details. These are some examples :

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The pilot's seat is a bit complex with it's air rams and seat belts :

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Some of the parts fitted to the pilot's cabin :

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Danny

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21 hours ago, Old Collingwood said:

Dan,   in the picture showing the  instrument panel and foor pedals  - shouldn't they be upright  were the feet pass through the loops.

 

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You may be right OC, however "I was just following orders" :D . That's the orientation shown in the instructions :

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Danny

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11 minutes ago, Dan Vadas said:

You may be right OC, however "I was just following orders" :D . That's the orientation shown in the instructions :

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Danny

Just seen another photo  -  looks like it the right way you have it, looks like the feet trap between the straps the way you have them.

 

OC.

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With the pilot's and gunner's cabins completed (for now) work moves to the rear compartment. I "glazed" the windows with some frosted plastic cut from laminating plastic, which is 0.07mm (70 microns) thick :

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Both the interior side walls are completed first :

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The left wall has the door cut out to display the interior :

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One of the bench seats. I used a jig to hold it for easier construction :

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Next the rear wall and ceiling needed to be made and attached before I could fit the seats :

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Finally, I started the upper framing :

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Danny

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A Mini-Tutorial for those who came in late - How To Cut Circles. I made four of these from double-thickness. The pics should be self-explanatory, except to say that I used a "chopping" motion with the scalpel rather than dragging the blade :

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Danny

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Thanks guys :) . Popeye - the inner skin is only on those sections where the interior is visible, The other sections only have the 1mm thick framing to glue to.

 

Next we move to the forward landing gear bay :

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The next section of framing :

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Now I'm starting with the outer skins. The framing needs very careful fairing, as there is absolutely NO margin for error. Lots of dry fitting after shaping each skin was required :

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The joins between sections of skin have a separate joining strip which is glued to the inner face of the skin so they line up without a step. The laser-cut frames have a recess in them to allow for this strip. These also need to be carefully faired :

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Danny

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I thought it would be a good idea to fit the two canopies to protect the cabins from damage. I'm using the preformed canopies, but they still need quite a bit of work in cutting them.

 

The kit actually supplies two sets of canopy braces as they are easily damaged when cutting and fitting them. I didn't need the 2nd ones :) :

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I glued the bracing to the canopies with PVA, let it set, and then wicked some Plastic Super Glue along the edges. Everything held very well :

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I'm displaying the model with opened doors to show as much interior detail as possible :

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This HUD took me over a day to make :

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The gunner's canopy fitted :

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Danny

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4 hours ago, Ab Hoving said:

Fantastic work. One of Halinski's best.

Thanks Ab, and I agree with your opinion of the kit. I've made a couple of other Halinskis and this one is by far the most detailed :) .

 

Both the canopies fitted. I'll fit the doors near the end of the build as they can be easily knocked off in the open position (the hinges are "non-working") :

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The next section of skin fitted. These skins are REALLY tight - you have to be spot-on with the framing fairing as the piece wraps around from from top-left to top-right in one piece :

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I did a bit of plumbing in the transmission bay using brass wire painted (mostly) in-situ with artist's acrylics :

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Danny

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