This is one of those projects that I do just for the heck of it. At least at the time I was building this model I had no particular goal, no particular magazine space needs to be filled, no particular new product release needs to be highlighted. One evening while surfing the web I stumbled upon a gallery of photos showing abandoned Russian helicopters; parked and left to the elements in what appears to be inner-city parking lots. The thought of all of that high-tech hardware simply “put out to pasture” is quite mind-boggling if you think about it. Cold war weapons reduced to discarded carcasses of aluminum and fading paint. And there is the key, the faded paint!! The colors and patina exhibited on these forgotten beasts is amazing – yes, in my case irresistible.