QRF make two resin and white metal models in their modern 15mm range: the Mi-8TV Hip C armed transport and the Mi-8TVK Hip E attack variant. While I own neither, I do have a few of the 1/100 diecast Hips released by Italeri/Fabbri a while back. These were made in two civilian liveries: an Aeroflot one or a Maldives-based Hummingbird Helicopter one and I can heartily recommend them although they are sadly getting harder to find at reasonable prices.
The model is nicely proportioned and detailed with rather fine recessed panel lines. It should normally come in eight parts: the helicopter itself which is a mix of metal and plastic, the rotor head, five rotor blades and a tail rotor. However, it may in fact come in more parts as the plastic landing gear and rear stabilisators sometimes do not stand up to the posties' idea of delicate handling and break off during transit. It has a clear cockpit although the fuselage windows are simply painted on. This is a bit of a nuisance when it comes to repainting the helicopter but can be fixed. The rotors are well detailed and made of soft-ish plastic which, in this case, is an advantage since they are the most likely to break. The characteristic nose-up attitude of the landed helicopter is well captured although some models are a little too high because the nose wheel was glued incorrectly.
Now if only Zvezda would release one in 1/144 scale to complement this one with a cheaper option than the Eastern Express model, things would be perfect.
PS: apologies for the title and the gratuitious reference to Huey Lewis and the News, my only excuse is that this awful song was released before the end of the Cold War. ;-)