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Walkaround: Fuerza Aerea Argentina’s Mi-171E Helicopter

Walkaround MI-171E Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Jose Teixido
A detailed look at the Argentine Mi-171 heavy weight helicopter.

As of November 25th 2011 Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Argentina) became one of the operators of the Mi-8/17/171 family with the arrival of the first two (of allegedly 5 examples) Mi-171E from Rosoboronexport, Russia.

Walkaround MI-171E Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Jose Teixido

The two helicopters, serialed H-94 and H-95, are going to be used in the heavy lifting role in support of the Argentine antartic campaigns, a mission that has been sorely needed ever since the Ch-47D fleet was retired from service in the late 90’s. As such both machines carry an identical scheme of gray and bright orange and carry a full compliment of deep sea equipment including inflatable devices and special long range internal tanks.

Walkaround MI-171E Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Jose Teixido

As far as scale models goes, the Mi-17 is represented in 1/72 from the hand of Zvezda/Italeri and Hobby Boss, the HB one being the more accurate and modern from both. However no specific kit has been released yet of the Mi-171E with the squared rear end and load ramp, so the modeller will have to resort to creativity and scratch build that part. I dearly hope  this photos can help in the process.

Walkaround MI-171E Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Jose Teixido

As far as decal goes I know of at least one major manufacturer working in releasing this set, but still there is no commercial conversion that I know of (other than a Mi-171 set with external weapon racks that is NOT used by the Argentine Hips)

Now seat back and enjoy!!!

José Teixidó
Cat herder, pollite as fuck and all around pain in the ass

One thought on “Walkaround: Fuerza Aerea Argentina’s Mi-171E Helicopter

  1. I just thanks José for those photos and the entire walkaround of the Mi17E system. This will be my second project of the year, so this pictures among the ones I have got from “señor google” will help a lot to finish it just as the Real One!. Thanks again, and good luck!!

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