First Look Review
Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark
Hobby Boss Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark
  • Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark

by: Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]


The Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark (NATO reporting name: "Hokum A") is a single-seat Russian attack helicopter with the distinctive coaxial rotor system of the Kamov design bureau. It was designed in the 1980s and adopted for service in the Russian army in 1995. It is currently manufactured by the Progress company of Arseniev. The Ka-50 is unique as an attack helicopter in that it is the world's first and only single seat attack helicopter, the first coaxial attack helicopter, and the first attack helicopter with zero-zero ejection seat.

The Kit

Two sprues moulded in grey plastic, one clear sprue holding a total of 93 parts, a A4 folded sheet for the instructions, A4 sheet for the paint and decal guide and finally the smallish decal sheet all contained in a lidded box.
External detail looks to pretty standard fair for Hobby Boss nowadays with some nice recessed panel lines and the obligotary recessed rivets adorning panels and hatches. The plastic on this kit is rather thickly moulded, something which I didn't notice on their AH-64 Apache kit.
There is no flash present but unusually for Hobby Boss there are plenty of sink marks in places that will be seen. There are four in the cockpit area, one in the nose wheel well bay, one in each of the exhaust tubes and three on two of the four rotor gear hubs. Most will be pretty easy to clean up but some such as the rotor hubs and exhausts might be a little tricky considering the size and positioning.
The cockpit has some raised detail for the instrument panels and surprise surprise for Hobby Boss the seat has moulded on harness's. A small control stick finishes the cockpit detail off.
The rotor system is made up of 20 parts and is fairly well detailed, but could be a little troublesome to assemble considering the small size and complexity. The rotor system should be movable once complete as the main shaft has a poly-cap to fit onto it.
The undercarriage looks to be a fragile affair, especially the main gear as the glue point is very small, and is debatable if it will hold the weight of the finished helo. The nose gear should hold alright as it has two glue points underneath the cockpit tub assembly.
Weapons provided for the kit are twelve laser-guided Vikhr anti-tank missiles, which are in their launch tubes, two rocket pods and the side mounted 30 mm Shipunov 2A42 cannon . The missile tubes and rocket pods fit on two weapons pylons on the stub wings on each side.
The clear canopy is rather thickly moulded for the frames but the actual glazed parts are nice, thin and quite transparent with little distortion present. Unlike the Apache kit the frames don't have a frosted look to them to ease painting.


As stated the instructions are printed on an A4 size sheet which has been folded in half. Their is no build step guide but a series of black and white line drawings. The build sequence is pretty straight forward with interior and some exterior colours given along the way.

Painting and Decaling

Two schemes are given, one a Russian Air Force Ka-50 No 22, Black Shark, which has a White underside a Black uppers. This version has the shark-mouth nose art. The second machine is also for the Russian Air Force, and is No 21 and features a camouflage scheme of light Blue lowers with a Sandy Brown and Red Brown uppers. Ob both schemes the rotor blades are Black with Silver leading edges. All the colours given are for the Gunze Sangyo Aqueous Hobby colour and MR Color range of paints.
The decals are in register, thin and crisply printed. The one worrying thing about them is the size, some are only a little bigger then a full stop, so could be quite difficult to apply.
Highs: Nice looking kit, which should build up to a decent model of the Hokum.
Lows: Ejector pin marks abound. The undercarriage a first glance looks to be fragile.
Verdict: A couple of minor faults but overall a pretty decent kit.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: 87217
  Suggested Retail: 8.99
  PUBLISHED: Oct 12, 2007

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About Andy Brazier (betheyn)

I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...

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Hi there, Just saw the review and want to thank you for it. As I'm interested in building a Ka-50, I was wondering about the Zvezda offering? It seems there are no real reviews or build logs of the Zvezda one out there or am I just looking the wrong direction?
FEB 24, 2020 - 12:41 AM
I am in the middle of building mine and have found that the fuselage half fit is terrible, especially in the tail requiring lots of sanding. This would be more of a problem if both fuselage halves had the same panel lines, but since they don't, recreating them is something I'd have to do anyway. It's the same problem on the Mi-8 -17 kits. I will try to post some images later, but I've set the kit aside for a while now out of irritation with the molding. Sorry. MD
FEB 24, 2020 - 02:15 AM
Thanks for the quick reply and I would be interested in pictures and your (in depth) opinion, indeed
FEB 24, 2020 - 02:19 AM

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