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Mi-24V Hind Croatian Air Force helicopter
About this creation
Mil Mi-24 Hind is a well known Russian helicopter gunship, attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport for 8 persons. This all-in-one capability makes the Hind truly unique and still unparalleled in military circles. Nickname ‘Flying tank’ is completely justified because it really is heavily armed and armoured for a helicopter. Body, capable of withstanding hits from .50cal weapons, and numerous loadout options make the Hind a formidable opponent, so it comes as no surprise, that over 50 countries have included it in their arsenals. I hope that those of you who would like to find out something more about this incredible flying machine don’t mind if my short introduction does not fulfil your dreams...



Soviet war in Afghanistan was one of the conflicts in which Hind has played a notable role, but also suffered heavily from guerrilla tactics employed by Mujahideens. Others were Iran-Iraqi war, First and second war in Chechnya, Persian Gulf war, and conflicts in Yugoslavia, to name only a few of them. The latter ones are also connected with this build.

Despite the weapons embargo, our Croatian neighbours managed to obtain 15 Mi-24V Hinds from Ukraine in 1993. Pilots were quickly trained, and most of the helicopters were extremely effectively used during the Oluja (Storm) operation in 1995, only one of them being lost. Afterwards they were slowly taken out of service because of their problematic maintenance and the fact, that they just weren’t needed anymore. At one moment it was claimed, that they were offered for sale at a ridiculously low price, 80.000 USD per unit, being one of the rumoured amounts. Macedonia also acquired several Hinds from Ukraine and used them in conflicts against Albanian insurgents in 2001, while Serbia used two during the Kosovo War.



The Mi-24V Hind featured here is a what-if creation. The reason for this is quite simple- lack of parts needed for a multicoloured camouflage. Croatian Air Force Mi-8s and Mi-17s have been wearing this rather boring grey scheme for the last few years, so I have decided to make alternative history, where Mi-24s service life has been prolonged a little bit. The Croatian roundel and coat of arms are lively coloured on other camouflage patterns, but this grey example demands proper adjustments to this feature too, so that is the reason why they are as dull as the whole scheme.





The five-bladed rotor design is loosely based on mrutek’s one, as seen on flickr. The cockpit design is quite obvious, the republic gunship cockpits are a perfect choice- but I have nevertheless decided to enhance the overall appearance by adding strips of painted stickers, specially cut out for this MOC. The purists will be terrified because I have done the same on the sides, but I unfortunately don’t have enough small transparent pieces needed for accurate rendition of those windows.



This small excavator is meant to resemble the famous machines from the Bobcat’s production line, except that the caterpillars are slightly larger and the colour combination not the typical black-white-reddish one. The workers are having a break, resting in the shade of birches that will surely be cut down very soon, because they are situated too close to the runway...






The stork at the front is just a joke, I found some old decals, and decided to use them in order to liven things up a little bit (though they should be greyish too...) Nevertheless it is still quite possible that such a mascot would find a way on this beasts armour, because storks are a common sight in mainland Croatia.










Comments

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  March 19, 2014
Fantastic! The bubble canopies look great. The weapons pylons look awesome. Excellent work!
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  January 24, 2013
Very nice and neat!I would like to see Croatian MiG-21 so called "Kockica"!
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  October 5, 2012
Amazing creation! Good job!
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  May 23, 2012
One of my favourite helicopters. Again, clever modifications to the canopies. GREAT BUILD!
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  May 9, 2012
Nitpicky purist issues aside, this is really great. This is a subject I've wanted to tackle forever, and just haven't gotten up the courage to do it yet. Great work, and kudos on the ground crew.
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  May 6, 2012
Very nice, great job on the helicopter and I like the detail of the ground crew and the idea of a construction crew clearing the trees! =)
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  April 28, 2012
Excellent. Though, I have heard, that if you turn one of these really quickly and sharply, it has a bit a tendency to chop its tail off.
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  April 25, 2012
Well i mean i dont mean to nag(of corse i am fully aware of the weight of lego… learned that the hard way) its just that i am seriously OCD about this stuff and i probably wouldve died(metaforically, of corse…) had i not said something again amaising work on it ~*<XD880>*~
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  April 25, 2012
Quoting Erwin Schulz Very nice helicopter! Are the canopies LEGO?
Thanks, and yes, the canopies are LEGO, I wrote about them in the description, take a look...
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  April 25, 2012
Quoting Chuck Maynard Beautiful i love this copter but umm and i hate playing critic but on the hind… and the hind-D the wings are mabey a centimeter up and a stud longer than what you have here and again this is mabey the most accurate set worthy hind ive seen everything is spot on but that was eating away at mye something feirce. I could still deffinately see this instores and… uh… i seemto have run out of things to say but uh great build and undoubtedly deserving of the front page ~*<XD880>*~
Thanks for a very detailed comment. I guess you are right, I was hurrying a little bit at the end, and those weapon carrying wings unfortunately took the toll...
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  April 25, 2012
Whoa! Thank you all for the comments, you can imagine my surprise, when I opened my page today, and saw how positively the community reacted in just a couple of hours... Have fun!
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  April 25, 2012
Hey! awesome HIND.
  April 25, 2012
Beautiful i love this copter but umm and i hate playing critic but on the hind… and the hind-D the wings are mabey a centimeter up and a stud longer than what you have here and again this is mabey the most accurate set worthy hind ive seen everything is spot on but that was eating away at mye something feirce. I could still deffinately see this instores and… uh… i seemto have run out of things to say but uh great build and undoubtedly deserving of the front page ~*<XD880>*~
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  April 25, 2012
Amazing creation! It looks very similar to the real thing. Good job!
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  April 25, 2012
Amazing work! Looks like the real thing! Love this helicopter!
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  April 25, 2012
Very nice helicopter! Are the canopies LEGO?
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  April 25, 2012
Awesome authentic work with a lot of careness to the details - as usual. :)
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  April 25, 2012
Very impressive! I gotta find out how to do the five bladed rotor! I like the stork, nice touch!
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  April 25, 2012
Wow! Impressive chopper!
P. Voranc
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Chris Melby
  April 24, 2012
This bird is brutal considering the cockpit design, you nailed it! Nice
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  April 24, 2012
Very impressive! I love this helicopter, and you've managed to do a very cool ABS version! Very nice work! Regards - Jay
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  April 24, 2012
quality build
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  April 24, 2012
quality build
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  April 24, 2012
quality build
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  April 24, 2012
great scene!
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  April 24, 2012
Really cool!
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  April 24, 2012
The Hind is one of my favorite military helicopters, it is indeed a flying tank. You did great on this good job
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  April 24, 2012
great hind! the windows i think would look better as bricks though.
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  April 24, 2012
An awful lot of great stuff going on here...
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  April 24, 2012
Very nice.
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  April 24, 2012
Quite a killer machine, nice trees as well! ~Ryan
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  April 24, 2012
This is great, looks even better when pictured with the minifigures.
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  April 24, 2012
You got the shape dead on. This is one of my favorite helicopters and it definitely has an unusual design which you replicated well.
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  April 24, 2012
A very fine and accurate scale model :-) And thanks for the history lesson too!
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  April 24, 2012
Great build!
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  April 24, 2012
This is truely an excellent design.
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  April 24, 2012
Excellent! Nice shapes and the missiles look deadly!
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  April 24, 2012
Incredibly real! Congratulations for the model.
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  April 24, 2012
Wow, this is really great! i love the amount of detail in this MOC, and how you knew so much about the gunship! Great MOC, 5/5!
 
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