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Discuss helicopters and other rotary wing aircraft from any era.
Horror Boss 1/72 Mi-8T
Vermont, United States
Joined: July 21, 2002
KitMaker: 3,513 posts
AeroScale: 410 posts
Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 - 03:47 AM UTC
Good lord people, what are we going to have to do for a DECENT 1/72 Mi-8-17 family of kits?

Hobby boss (Horror Boss or Hobby Beast, that your pick) does some nice work, on parts of the kit. Open APU exhausts, molded in probes/antennae (easily damaged in handling) fine scribing on the external fuel tanks. Blade tip lights. The molding on the tail rotor is sublime...

But, I'm no aeronautical engineer, but I'm PRETTY sure panel lines and even entire PANELS cross the center line of the kit and exist on BOTH fuselage halves. One fuselage half is smooth the other has an odd pebbled texture, and as evidenced by the putty in the WIP shot, the fuselage half fit is poor at best. Even WITHOUT the interior installed.

At this point, it'll be a six-footer. Worlds better than the Zvezda kit, but that's like saying shoveling dog poop is better than stepping in it. True, but...

Not holding my breath for a better kit anytime soon.
Less gruntled than I'd like to be,
England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: March 13, 2015
KitMaker: 413 posts
AeroScale: 110 posts
Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 - 08:31 AM UTC
yes, its a shame that "horror-boss" as well as any other company still have yet to make a satisfying model of the Hip. but this time, the hobbyboss kit will have to do.
North Carolina, United States
Joined: January 20, 2005
KitMaker: 873 posts
AeroScale: 22 posts
Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 - 12:43 PM UTC
Just think of it as a challenge to your modeling skills...

Staff MemberAssociate Editor
Alberta, Canada
Joined: March 15, 2017
KitMaker: 36 posts
AeroScale: 25 posts
Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 - 12:47 PM UTC
Can it be any worse than the KM from 1640BC? I have all three PE sets for that kit and it gets attention every so often so I feel your pain and ask the same question about a decent kit.
Vermont, United States
Joined: July 21, 2002
KitMaker: 3,513 posts
AeroScale: 410 posts
Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 - 12:48 PM UTC
The rotor head builds up nicely and I am impressed with the molding on blade tip lights.

Shame the panel lines on the tail and even whole panels don't carry across.

I've got another in the stash and some etch, aftermarket decals but this one is just a fun little weekender so I am not going to rescribe the tail.
Joined: January 07, 2019
KitMaker: 73 posts
AeroScale: 2 posts
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 01:26 PM UTC
I would make the best kit as you can.
California, United States
Joined: April 28, 2007
KitMaker: 79 posts
AeroScale: 2 posts
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 03:06 PM UTC
It would interesting to see what Tamiya could do if they ever decided to produce a helicopter. I wouldn't mind a 1/48th scale SH-60 with Tamiya's nice fit.