Hi all Coxer here with another review of some Team Yankee units, this time, it’s the iconic Hind Helicopter.
Firstly a little background – I got my 6 of these (you’ll notice only 4 here as 2 are in my FLGS shop window) and our aim was to get them all ready for the but Team Yankee Armageddon launch – 7 days away… this was not easy in the slightest!
Initial impressions were – wow this is a big model! I don’t think I’ve painted anything this size in a very long time, the photos just don’t do it justice, these are not a quick paint job. Next assembly I didn’t have any instructions – so I can say they really go together fairly intuitively – I really like how they come with the options for both retracted and down landing gear, I painted all mine in the same retracted option as I hoped that would be quicker. The only real moan that I have about the assembly is the rota blades, they’re pretty long so there is a bit of sag, and the central part of the rota is very fragile, only about half of mine made it through the build intact.
Having built them I decided to try the Anarchy stencils we got sent ages ago, I sprayed the whole model Desert Tan, then zenithal highlighted with MiG’s German sand Beige, before applying the stencils, then I applied the Green Khaki and hghlighted with Light Green Khaki. With that in place I then Applied a brown filter, before the brow panel line. After this I applied Vallejo panzer aces dark rubber to the Cockpit, and highlighted with that mixed with some medium sea grey before applying a black wash. I used some Vallejo neutral grey on the weapons and around some air intakes which I also highlighted with medium sea grey and black washed. After this I taped off the lower hull and applied Vallejo model air intermediate blue, and black lined.
The rota blades I applied Vallejo air dark grey and then did a 1:1 mix of that and highlighted towards the end of the rota, before applying some MiG blue filter to the rotas. Once this had dried I painted Averland yellow onto the rota tips with a couple of thin layers.
I then applied the decals – another slight problem with the kit is the lack of numbers, I had to cut some up so as to get enough numbers together to make them all roughly sequential. I haven’t weathered them yet, as I don’t yet know enough about helicopters to apply it in roughly the right places.
In game terms, I think I’ll be wanting a full squadron of these + assault troops, and the amount of firepower they have should make any US tank player scared, with both missiles, rockets and a gatling gun!
Anyway hope you enjoy and catch you all soon!