Imagine a member of the Soviet Mil design bureau defected to France in the early 1960s, and worked with Sud Aviation to create a family of helicopters with an SM ("Sud/Mil" model number prefix...Here's one such machine, a SM.1203 Capybara twin-engined heavylift chopper of the Israeli Defence Force in the early 1980s:
This was what I had in mind for the leftovers of my Starfix Nord Noratlas when I came up with
the Phenix project
. And, like that build, this was loads of fun and very satisfying!
The main rotor is Airfix 1/72 Lynx and Sea Lynx blades mounted to a Frog 1/72 Sea Fury prop hub with pitch links and head detail from an Italeri 1/72 Bell 412, the tail rotor is also from an Airfix Sea Lynx (as did the exhausts), and the undercarriage, intake fronts and fuel sponsons came from spares. The decals are from the Italeri 1/72 AH-6 Night Fox.