Landing gear, radio section and tail boom interior
The landing gear is identical for both versions, only in D and first series
of V (0701-0710) supplied to Czechoslovak air force there is a bulkhead
in the rear of the main wheel well separating left and right well. This
is missing in the later version so one can see through from one well
to another. Hardly anyone will attempt to model the radio section and
tail boom interior but had someone opened the inspection hatch on the
fuselage bottom be advised that without the inspection lightning on there is a pitch black dark there. Nothing interesting from the modeler’s
point of view… Blocks of the gunnery and bombing computer AIST-24
on the right are covered with canvas on both versions D and V, to the
left there are electrical and radio equipment blocks, in the front the fuel
installation above the tank No. 3. This one is different but is not visible
and up in the tail the is a transmission shaft from gear boxes to inserted
reduction gear and doubled linkages from the pedal controls. It may be
of interest that in D version the linkages lead in pairs all the way to the
end reduction gear, in DU, V and later version, approximately and the
last third of the boom length one linkage from the pair is crossing which
prevents the situation that in case of a stray bullet the whole pair would
View of the main wheel well. In the D version there is a bulkhead between the right and
left side, only in the front there is a small triangular gap.
Exterior surface – fuselage nose
On the fuselage nose we will notice the biggest difference between
D and V versions which is the Raduga-F guided missiles assembly. On
the left there is a guiding antenna cover which is rotatable on D version
and in more rectangular shape. There is a differently shaped step above
it. The cover on V version is fixed, in the shape of a teardrop with circular intersection. Parabolic antenna is rotating under the cover and the
step is installed right on the cover. The whole assembly is strengthened
by an oblique strut. On the right there is a cover of the optical aiming
device which differs in its openable covers. In D version the cover only
features simple metal hatches for the optics under which the hardened
glass is installed (the optical device under the cover of course features
its own protective glass). There is only one linkage on each side coming
from the hydraulic piston opening the cover. The teardrop covering the
optics attachment to the airframe above the outside linkage is shaped
differently. In V version the hatches are doubled, outer ones are metal
and inner ones made from the hardened glass (they only opened for the
time necessary for aiming). Only then the hardened glass of the cover
follows and glass of the optics. One would say that nothing can be seen
through so many layers of glass, but the opposite is true. So, V version
features more complicate hatches mechanics and two linkages on each
side protected by rubber covers. There is also the GPS antenna on the
operator’s windshield frame. This applies to the Hinds No. 4011 and 0220.
At the end of the tube holder of the DUAS sensors, on the operators‘ cockpit frame there is also trident-shaped antenna of the IFF system SRO-2
Chrom 3rd bandwith. These antennas are installed on all Ds and also on
Vs from the first delivery of that version to Czechoslovak air force (Nos.
0701-0710). Later series of the V version already featured fin-shaped
antennas of the newer system 62-01.
Hind D in Czechoslovak and Czech air force features the smooth sides
of the nose section, there are no oval antennas of the L-006 Beryozka
system there, which in the later D and early V series are located on the
fuselage bottom between pilots‘ cockpits, in later V version on the top,
behind the pilot’s cockpit. D version features only two ammunition belt
control covers on the right under the operator’s cockpit while V version
features three of them. Ammunition case in opened position for re-loading does differ. Should someone wish to make it fully opened, in the
position for maintenance, weapons blocks hidden behind are slightly different. On the left, below the pilot’s cockpit there is a cover of the guided
weapons blocks section. It is different between the versions, it’s smooth
on D, without auxiliary landing light, but the locking system is different
as well. The blocks inside are different too. The air conditioning cover
follows which, as well as the air conditioning under it, is identical for
The antenna of the Raduga-F guidance system for the Falanga missiles has a different
shape compared to the V version and the whole housing is rotatable.
This is what the double cover of the guidance system looks like on the V version.
In version D, the optical guidance system housing has only one
"door", i.e., the protective cover. In the V version there is also a
hinged glass cover underneath. This is closed during observation
and preparation for firing and is opened only for the necessary time
when the missile is being guided to the target. This ensures that the
visor remains as clean as possible and ensures optimum visibility
in the viewfinder.
be disabled. Now let’s move on to, possibly most interesting area from
a modeler’s view, airframe exterior surface.
The three-fingered antenna of the IFF SRO-2 Chrom system on the
cabin frame at the root of the DUAS sensor tube can be clearly seen in
this picture, as well as the retrofitted GPS receiver antenna next to it.
The helicopter No. 0214 has the machine gun removed on the picture.
The Hind D on the support stands during hydraulic system testing. In the
picture you can clearly see the absence of the landing light on the lower
left part of the fuselage under the captain's cabin.
INFO Eduard - November 2021