The Mil Mi-28N Havoc is the Russian answer to the AH-64 Apache, a heavily armed attack helicopter that can carry a surprising amount of weaponry. It carries a 30 mm dual feed autocannon, with both Armor piercing sabot and High Explosive rounds, selectable by the gunner. On the pylons it can carry anything from unguided rockets to heat-seeking air-to-air missiles and anything in between. Developed in the early eighties as a variant to the venerable Mil Mi-24 Hind but without the troop carrying capacity and with a radar, making it All-Weather capable, much like the Apache.
The havok competed against the Kamov Ka-50, but it lost the competition. Development didn’t stop there, and even the collapse of the Soviet Union couldn’t stop development, but financial problems caused devcelopment to halt in 1993 for a while. Soon after development was started again and the desing underweent a lot of changes. The main change was the addition of the aforementioned radar. Thanks to this and the relative simplicity of the design (and thus lower cost) compared to the Kamov it saw some success in the export market, with users like Algeria, Iraq, Kenya and Venezuela.
Inside the standard Revell SOB (Side Opening Box) we find four sprues, three in a sand color and one small clear sprue. They appear to have been well molded like you would expect from one of the new Revell kits. But detail-wise it seems to be a little sparse. This kit is based upon the earlier Revell kit from 1991 with updated decals, so obviously it’s not up to the new Revell standard.
That does not mean this kit is bad, it lacks details but it doesn’t have any obvious problems at first sight. The most obvious place where details are lacking is the cockpit: there is no raised detail on the instrument panels but you do get a (few) decals for the instruments that are of the usual Revell quality. BUt the seats of both the pilot and the gunner look more at home at your local IKEA then in a Mi-28. So you better stick some figures in it. The figures are not included however, so you’ll need to find some with the correct gear or plunder your sparesbox.
This is one of the few problems I could spot without building it however. The other errors, if you can call them that, are in the manual. This kit has a fair bit of moving parts: the gun with it’s dual feed cannon and the main- and tailrotors. THe manual calls for installing them before you close the fuselage. But this will pake painting both a pain in the behind. You can install them later on, but you’ll lose the ability to move these parts. This won’t be a major problem for me: I don’t like large, thin bits sticking out of a model during painting and weathering. They have a tendency to snap off as sacrifices for the Great Carpet Monster. So I’d say save your tube of superglue and install them later on. The parts are fragile enough as it is. Speaking of fragile parts: the landing gear looks reasonably accurate and strong enough to carry the weight of the finished model. But some other details look a bit off under closer inspection.
These details are probably lacking because of the limited data available on the the Havok when this kit was made (remember: this kit was released in 1991) and I don’t think a West-German company could ring up the Kremlin and ask them if the could please send a bunch of technical drawings of Russias latest and greatest. And it was still in development as well.
Decals and color schemes
Let’s start with the decals: you get a few roundels, some warning labels and the instrument panel decals. All are nicely printed like you would expect from a decal sheet printed by Cartograf of Italy.
There is only one color scheme: the one pictured on the box. THe manual is pretty clear about the patterns
The kit is showing its age, but you can make a decent looking Mi-28 out of it, and you can always scratchbuild any absent details anyway. If I were to scratchbuild anything it would be the seats, as I hate painting figures. Still it is a decent kit for anyone except perhaps as your first kit.
Vehicle: Mil Mi-28N Havok
Number of parts: 100
Number of sprues: 4
Length: 237 mm
Width: 228 mm