Saturday, July 18, 2009


Here’s an unusual treat for helo-lovers from Anigrand, the Hong Kong-based outfit that specializes in producing interesting and unusual subjects, so providing a much-needed service in filling gaps in the model world.

Anigrand’s newest helicopter, the Yakovlev Yak-24, is to 1:72 scale and has 46 resin parts. Similar in concept to today’s Boeing Chinook, the Yak-24 (codenamed by NATO ‘Horse’) was, like many other Soviet machines of the time, based in spirit on Western designs, in this case the twin-rotor choppers made by Piasecki. The Yak-24 made its first flights in 1952 - and was the biggest helicopter in the world at that time - and became the standard flying ‘workhorse’ airlifter for Soviet forces during the 1950s.

The Anigrand Yak-24 is a good-looking model that would sit well in any collection of helicopters, but especially so with twin-rotor designs. Price for the 264 mm (10.4 in) long Yak-24 is £68.00 USD plus shipping.

Visit Anigrand here.

Photo by Bernhard Grohl.