Mark I Models - 1/144 Mil Mi-2 Hoplite 'Police and Medical Service' (2in1 = 2 kits in 1 box) (Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia)
Designed by the Soviet Mil Design Bureau in late 1950s and exclusively produced in Poland by the Wsk 'PZL-l?widnik' factory, the Mi-2 was a small transport and utility helicopter. The Mil's prototype first flew in 1961, while the first l?widnik-built example took to the air in November 1965. A number of specialised variants were evolved and produced (e.g., armed or chemical reconnaissance, anti-tank, command post, training, passenger/cargo, rescue/ambulance or agricultural). The Mi-2 was an all-metal helicopter powered by two Izotov/Klimov/PZL GTD-350 turboshaft engines mounted overhead. It featured a main cabin for one pilot and up to 8 passengers, fitted with a large windscreen and side windows. It had a fixed tricycle undercarriage and a tailskid. The engines drove a three-bladed main rotor while a two-bladed tail rotor was mounted on the angled tail boom.
More than 5,400 helicopters of this type had been built by 1998 (in 113 production batches), with about a third in military guise.
The Mi-2s were also supplied and flown by various civilian operators all over the world (including police), providing invaluable service and also ensuring ubiquitous presence of this type of aircraft in the last decades of the 20th century.
Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) Mil Mi-2P Hoplite (WSK-built), B-2047/POLICIE (c/n 5311147060), Air Medical Service (Letecki zichranni sluzba/LZS), Aviation Depart of the Federal Police Corps (Letecki sluzba Federilniho policejniho sboru/LS FPS), Praha-Ruzyne Airport, Czechoslovakia, autumn 1991
2)Mil Mi-2 Hoplite (WSK-built, ex-East German Af aircraft), D-HZPL/POLIZEI (c/n 569342085), PolHS Brandenburg (Polizei-Hubschrauberstaffel), Berlin-Schonefeld Airport, Germany, 1993-99
3)Mil Mi-2S Hoplite (WSK-built), HA-BCB/ORSZAGOS MENTl Szolgalat (c/n 516302099), National Ambulance and Emergency Service (Orszigos Mentl'szolgilat/OMSZ), Szekesfehervir Airport, Hungary, the 1980s
4)Mil Mi-2 Plus Hoplite (WSK-built), P-5003/POLISI (c/n 5311250114 or 5311250124), Directorate of Air Police (Direktorat Kepolisian Udara), Indonesian Police Aviation (Polisi Udara), Pondok Cabe Airport, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2014-19
Two injection-moulded kits are supplied in this box and each kit contains 31 parts and three clear parts (the cockpit canopy and side windows). A comprehensive decal sheet is included.