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08-15-2011 11:10 AM  8 years ago
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Thunder Tiger MI-24 Hind Build.
Hi guys.

I got tired looking at my pod and boom Raptor 50, and decided to buy this awesome MI-24 Hind fuselage from TT.

Honestly, im not a great heli pilot. I have flown helis for over 10 years, but I have simply not dedicated enough time to learn to fly properly.....just lost interest, and went back to my scale fixed wing planes. Im sure ill spend more time flying my heli now, when it looks so cool

I have vacumed the internet for pictures and reviews of this fuselage, and have almost only found manufacture pictures

So I was realy eager to see what turned up when opening the box.

The fuselage is not packed very well...they could have done better.
After inspecting most of the parts, I only found one small chip in the glass fuselage a the tail rotor, and luckily, it is under a seam, so it wont be visable.

The paint job is quite nice. the panel lines have been weathered, and the decals have "scale" scratches in them
Looks very nice.
But.....as a scale modeler, I will never be 100% satisfied
I would say that the overall color of te hind is a bit too "green" for my liking. I have seen pictures of it where it has a more desert brown shade to it. Maybe a re-paint later on if it gets damaged or something
The lower side of the pylons should have been light gray like the bottom of the fuselage. The UB32 Rocket pods should be bare metal in color, and not just green......but its an easy fix.

I can see on the wooden main frame that you bolt the raptor onto, they forgot to glue on the rear landing gear mounting blocks.....they are missing from my kit, so they are probably lying around at the TT-factory. The wooden parts here must be sealed with paint or epoxy, otherwise the glow fuel will just kill it over time.

Other than those small faults, I just love the look of this chopper.
Im realy looking forward to getting it into the air, and hope it goes together nicely.

Some pictures:

Shipping Box

Parts could slide around

Canopy fully painted, but there is some kind of relaease agent on the parts where the clear glass is, so you can scratch it off easily.

Magnets glued into the door opening for easy acces.

Heres te chip in the tailboom

The main landing gear bay. You have to cut out the aft section to make room for the retractable gear. I was thinking of making the aft doors movable with a servo, and gear door sequencer. The forward doors are conected mechanicly to one of the retract servos, and close when the gear retracts.

The mechanical retracts, and alu wheels. Pretty nice, but not very scale. The hind has a dual nose wheel, but this kit only has a single.....will have to mod it

Oil cooler inlet detail and bits

Exhaust deflector included

Alu frame bits for te pullys and belts

Sonnich Johannesen
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08-15-2011 11:16 AM  8 years ago
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Some of the pictures I found of it completed.....and the prototype seems to be in another shade of paint.....or the lighting is just different.

Also compare the outer wing pylons which hold the AT6 anti tank missiles...thay are WAY too short on the model compared to the real Hind

This is the color shade mine is in.
Sonnich Johannesen
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08-15-2011 01:04 PM  8 years ago
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WOW!

I want one now. What mechanics is it for?
Happiness is a belt fed weapon
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08-15-2011 01:08 PM  8 years ago
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It says Raptor Titan.

But I cant see why it would not fit either a Raptor 30 , 50 , Titan, or the E550 E620.

You basicly discard the tail boom and belt, and use the included belts and pullys and brackets.

I have a Raptor 50SE for mine.
Sonnich Johannesen
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08-15-2011 02:59 PM  8 years ago
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a 5 bIaded head and some scaIe gear struts wiII bring it off niceIy!
thanx for posting. Nice ship!
drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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08-15-2011 03:01 PM  8 years ago
reddragon

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Yes indeed. It is very nice.Wayne - Fly it like you stole it! You're in good hands with Runryder!
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08-15-2011 03:45 PM  8 years ago
coptercptn

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nice job...
would be a great "electric" project...
Home of the "Sea Cobra".....
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08-15-2011 03:52 PM  8 years ago
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I have been looking at 5 blade heas, and 3 blade rotor systems, but I dont know which one realy works. Every time i find a head, and do some research, I always find some kind of problem with it.

Also, I hope the new V3 microbeast flybarless controler will have adjustable phasing in it, as this system is afordable, and works great. I dont want to spend lots of money on the other brands, that have this feature at the moment.

And.....I dont know if im up to the task of flying a multiblade head yet. Ill just keep it simple at first i think, and go with what works.

Construction begins

Assembly of the Yakushev-Borzov YakB-12.7 mm gatling gun in the VSPU-24 turret.

UB-32 rocket pods

Pylons

AT-6 Anti Tank missile tube system....they have installed them backwards in the manual...and in all the completed models I have seen

Sonnich Johannesen
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08-15-2011 03:56 PM  8 years ago
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nice job...
would be a great "electric" project...
Absolutly. If I had an E-raptor I would use that instead.
I might upgrade it later on. No smoke, and turbine-like sound

I actualy just ordered an E550, but with the stock motor and ESC and 550mm blades, I dont know if it can lift this large body.
Sonnich Johannesen
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08-15-2011 04:33 PM  8 years ago
coptercptn

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5 of them will.........
BTW if ya need scale pics I have a "real" MI24 I can take any pic you want of...

Jus sayin'

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....
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08-15-2011 05:02 PM  8 years ago
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Thanks for the offer
Nice E version you have there.

This fuselage is only sport scale, and if I where to modify everything to scale it up, I would never be finished

Im just going to build it as is, and do minor quick mods, and have it in the air quick.....otherwise it will just be another hanger queen

Rocket pods are normaly screwd on, but I made small hard points, and glued them on instead.

Sonnich Johannesen
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08-15-2011 05:27 PM  8 years ago
Mojave

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Nice looking hind. Heads up, the only differences between the raptor E550 and E620 are the blade length, motor and tailboom length. They share the same airframe, gearing etc.. So you can easily make an E550 work for your project.
Barry
All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!
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08-16-2011 01:05 AM  8 years ago
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Thanks for the info Barry.

Got the 12.7mm gatling installed.

AT-6 Radar director pod installed

Forward Looking Infrared FLIR and Low Ligth TV LLTV pod glued on

Oil cooler intake

The lexan plastic intake assembly is held on with 4 screws, but even though I used a long time to trim and trial fit it, I was not satisfied with the fit when only clamped down with the screws....so I glued it on to get all the edges as flush as possible

The intake particle seperators took some time to do too.
They turned out nice, even though they are pretty semi scale looking

Two exhaust`s for the Klimov TV3-117 turboshaft engines, and a the Auxilary Power Unit , APU exhaust.

Sonnich Johannesen
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08-16-2011 11:21 AM  8 years ago
Donnie D

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Very nice fuselage!!

Donnie D
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08-16-2011 11:51 AM  8 years ago
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Yea, Thunder Tiger have made a very nice Hind.

Im very satisfied with it so far.

Heres a size comparison to the 450 size heliartist fuselage

And the raptor 50SE

Screwed on the forward fuselage. Will find some matching pait to hide those black screws.

Had to devide the fusalage in the bottom to get the panel lines and top deck to fit as it should. The saw cut was enough width of material to remove to get i tight fit.
Sonnich Johannesen
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08-16-2011 12:35 PM  8 years ago
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Absolutly. If I had an E-raptor I would use that instead.
I might upgrade it later on. No smoke, and turbine-like sound
you can esiIy eIectrify the nitro versions and have use of the cIutch for a most reaIistic turbine spooIup sound
drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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08-16-2011 12:45 PM  8 years ago
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I have read some of your threads, when I was searching for E- conversions.
That might be an option too.

For now, the nitro will go into it.
It shoul be easy to make it electric later on.
Sonnich Johannesen
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08-17-2011 02:40 AM  8 years ago
rodjam

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Mine arrived last week.
I am going through the measuring stage to see if I can fit a Logo 600 frame within.
But if that gets complicated will look at an 550e etc.
Re the anti tank missiles.
With longer pylons, they are going to get clobbered on the ground. The uc is very narrow.
Will watch with keen interest.
Ps
Understand that this is a Marvel Craft fuse,
Rodjam
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08-17-2011 03:20 AM  8 years ago
iHover

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how did you get the paint off the canopy?You had me at Hover
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08-17-2011 03:59 AM  8 years ago
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Ps.
Use sticky tape to lift off the paint.
There is a protective film over the "glass" panels as well and that can be lifted off when all the work has been done.
Rodjam
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