Mi-8MT from Zvezda is the latest announcement that hit the rotorcraft modeling World. And although times are such that many of you will deliberately avoid buying Zvezda kits /and for good reason/, still we must admit that in 48th scale, alongside with their beautiful Mi-24, they are among the best when it comes down to helicopters. Soviet ones especially. In terms of accuracy, options, molding, you gotta give it to them.
Mi-8 and Mi-17 are the two sides of the same coin. Small differences between the two give combined production run of over 17 000 currently being used in more than 50 countries and in hundreds of private hands. Mi-8/17 is the most produced helicopter ever. The production run is still ongoing too. Most importantly, in the recent unfortunate War in Ukraine, Mi-8 and Mi-17 take vital roles in many tasks used simultaneously from the both sides of the conflict. Not only there though. They are in the hotspots all around the globe, including the ice caps. Evacuations, firefighting, medical transport, special missions, you name it.
In quarter scale this helicopter is a must. And it is definitely not the first attempt from a modeling company to provide the model fans with one. But this time is different. Zvezda Mi-24 set the path for many successful releases of the Hind in both 72nd and 48th scale. This is going on for years. It is self explanatory why Mi-8 and Mi-17 are to be expected from Zvezda in quarter scale. The company already are doing the kit in 72nd scale and it is very warmly accepted. Why not in 48th? Interior? Of course!!! Rotor blades sag? No doubt!
Finally, even though in the middle of a nasty War, Russian modeling company is about to release it sooner rather than later. It is Mi-8MT and as you can see from the pictures, this is an armed version of the Hip. But Zvezda most definitely won’t stop there. This is just the beginning. The thing that we are wondering now is how soon we will get to see Ka-52 in quarter scale from Zvezda? Who knows, maybe they will even turn towards 35th as well. But until then, let’s hope for variants of the Mi-17 and Mi-8 as well as the long awaited Mi-14 in quarter scale. Resin companies are gonna flood us with additional options too.