Wednesday, November 23

Preview: Trumpeter's January kits come calling early...

We already have the sprues, colours, features, info (& even a test shot made up) of Trumpeter's January 2023 kits. we look at the art & everything else in our preview...
Preview: Trumpeter's January kits come calling early...

Mi-8MT Hip-H
1/48th scale
Mi-8MT entered series production at the Kazan Helicopter Plant in 1977. From the following year onwards, it was powered by modernized TV3-117MT Series III engines. At first the number of helicopters powered by TV3-117 engines was considerably smaller than the number of the preceding versions with TV2-117s, but hostilities in Afghanistan prompted the Soviet military to reconsider their ordering policy, and by the mid-1980s the Mi-8MT and its derivatives became the plant's main product. By 2001, the Kazan plant had turned out more than 3,000 helicopters powered by TV3-117MT and TV3-117VM engines.

The colour profiles included in this kit
The decal sheet included in the kit 
In 1981, the Mi-8MT made its international debut at the 34th Paris Air Show. For advertising and marketing reasons, the export version was allocated a new designation, Mi-17,It has six external hard points. The Mi-17 is provided with missiles, bombs, small arms, and cannons.

Masks for the windows are included
Total of 14 sprues
Model Length: 525.5mm / Rotor Diameter: 443.7mm
Total Parts 270+
- Canopy made from clear parts
- Finely detailed cockpit, gear & cabin,
- photo-etched parts included

Russian 2S35-1 Koalitsiya-SV KSh
1/35th scale
The 2S35-1 Koalitsiya-SV KSh utilizes the unmanned turret with 152 mm ordnance of the 2S35 Koalisiya-SV self-propelled howitzer. It is based on a modified KamAZ-6560 military truck with 8x8 configuration. This artillery system can be seen as a less expensive and more mobile alternative to the tracked version.

The colour profile included in this kit
The decal sheet included in the kit 
 Though it loses to the tracked version in terms of off-road mobility and armor protection. It is planned that this truck-mounted howitzer will be mainly used by units that are equipped with wheeled combat vehicles, while the tracked version will be used by units equipped with tracked combat vehicles.

Masks for the windows are included
Total of 15 sprues , cab and tires
Model Length: 389.1mm / Width: 86.4mm
Total Parts 850+
Photo Etched Parts 2 pcs
- Full drive train assembly complete with engine transmission, differential housing and suspension units.
- The main tires are hollow rubber with very good tread pattern.
- Wheel hubs are in great detail
The test kit, built up and painted here...