F a m i l i e
W I M M E R
Volume 8, Number 12, DECEMBER, 1973
5 pages, page 12 to 20
CHALLENGE PUBLICATIONS; INC.
|Anfang 2009 bekam ich von meinem Hobbyfreund Don aus USA zwei Ausgaben der Zeitschrift SCALE MODELER von 1973. In diesen Ausgaben sind Artikel über KVZ/Plasticart Bausätze. Da wir diese Artikel für alle KVZ/Plasticart begeisterten für interessant halten, haben wir uns bei CHALLENGE PUBLICATIONS; INC., um die Erlaubnis zur Veröffentlichung bemüht. Im Juli 2009 bekam ich nun vom Verlag die Erlaubnis, diese auf unserer HP zu veröffentlichen. Wir bedanken uns dafür ganz herzlich beim Verleger Edwin A. Schnepf. |
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|By Jordan Ross|
|A RECENT ADDITION TO THEIR|
HELICOPTER SERIES FROM
THE EAST GERMAN COMPANY,
MODELLBAUKASTEN, IS A
MODEL IN 1/100th SCALE
WHICH REPRESENTS ONE OF
THE LARGEST HELICOPTERS IN
THE WORLD TODAY.
THE RUSSIAN MI-6 “HOOK”
|This is the largest helicopter in this line
of kits from East Germany. Molded in
1/100th scale, the Russian MI-6 “Hook”
features a fuselage of 18 inches and an
assembled rotor blade diameter of 14
inches. It is molded in a white, very brittle styrene; and features over 40 individual parts. Although the instruction
sheet is not in English, all parts are
numbered and after studying the drawings
the kit is quite easy to assemble.
Some filling is required down the fuselage
seams. This was accomplished with body
putty, which was then sanded and
smoothed to the desired finish, prior
to the actual painting. Rivet detail is on
the heavy side. On this model all detail
was sanded off using a fine paper with
a touch of water, giving 1he overal) appearance of a smooth skinned fuselage.
A 1/100th scale rivet would be pretty
hard to see.
|| The Soviet MI-6 “Hook” has held
the title for the past number of years
as the world’s largest helicopter. It
is not officially known, but it is
thought that the MI-12 now holds
this title. The MI-6 made its maiden
flight in the latter part of 1957.
The original design did not show
the fuselage mounted wings. These
were fitted wter on the production
types. During the 1960’s the “Hook”
racked up numerous records, such
as load and speed with pay load.
One record in particular and still to
be beaten is the lift record of over
|40,000 lbs. established in 1968.
The MI-6 is now in service with
both the civil services and the military. Also a few have been exported
||to countries such as North Vietnam,
Red China, The Arab States and Indonesia. The civilian version has a
seating capacity of 64 people, al-
|The kit feaiures an accurate outline and
when built up is quite impressive. One
of the real pluses of this kit is its simplicity despite size. The interior is com-
||pletely sparse and lacks any detail and is
not really needed anyway as it is difficult
to see into the assembled model.
|The main side windows, extending along
each side of the fuselage, were covered
with clear decal found on the kit decals.
The rotor blades at I/R Flat Black. The
rotor hubs and wheel hubs were painted
Testor’s Silver. The turbo-jet exhaust is
||Pactra Steel, which must be carefully
hand painted as the exhaust is molded
into the fuselage sections. The tires were
painted Hot Rod Primer. The interior of
all in-takes and the exhausts were painted
with a mixture of flat black and dark grey.
|The landing gear as per the prototype
is very basic and unsophisticated while
totally serviceable. The interior of the
fuselage halves was first painted flat
black prior to assembly. In this instance
I/R Flat Black was used. Also weight
||was added to the nose section to give
the model its correct stance on its tricycle landing gear. Note: Not much
weight is required because the main gear
is positioned much toward the fuselage.
|The paint scheme is somewhat tricky,
due to the white over silver finish. One
point which requires patience, is the
masking of the lightning flash beneath
the cockpit area. For a correct scheme it
is white above the decal and silver below.
Kit decals were used throughout the
model with the aid of Micro Set. Pactra
||Gloss White was used for all the white
surfaces and the silver areas where painted
with automobile chrome paint, which
retails for about $3.00 a quart. Hatches
were fashioned from squares of adhesive
backed metal foil, and make a good contrast on the silver portion of the fuselage.
||In assembling the main rotors, because
of their size and weight wenn attached
to the main rotor stem, it is recommended
that you use PERMA-BOND or some other
extra strong glue. There is quite a strain
at the rotor/hub joint, due to the weight
of the blade. Some filing is required
around the cockpit area and nose glazed
cone. The front windows were covered
with clear decal, cut out from a Micro Scale Sheet.
|though it can be made to accommodate over 100 people.
In its military role it can carry
over 70 troops fully armed, or heavy
loads such as small tanks, trucks,
jeeps, etc. The MI-6 is used generally
for freight service by the state
owned Aeroflot. As an interesting
side light, in a public demonstration,
the MI-6 lifted the Vostok Space Capsule.
|| The dimensions of this giant helicopter are a fuselage length of 146
feet; it stands 39 feet above the
ground; and has a rotor diameter
of 130 feet. The model is also of
large dimensions considering that it
is in 1 /100th scale. The fuselage parts measuring 18 inches in
length and rotor diameter of approximately 14 inches.
|In these tree photographes one can see
the size of this Russian giant. In this
late variant of the MI-6, notice the dual
wheel nose gear and the round fuselage
windows and extra fuel tanks located on
either side of the fuselage next to the
main landing gear braces. Also note the
absence of wheel pants.
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