Kamov Co-Axials

    The Ukrainian firm of Amodel  produce kits of most of the products of the famous Russian helicopter manufacturer named after Nikolai Kamov - with the exception
of the earlier Ka-8 & Ka-10 and the huge Ka-22 'Vintokryl'
Most of Kamov's helicopters use his trademark co-axial rotor system - with one set of rotors on top of the other rotating in opposite
directions on a common shaft. This obviates the need for a tail rotor and allows all the engine power to be used for lift.
It also makes the helicopter more compact - which is why Kamov's helicopters have found favour with the Russian Navy - and crane and logging companies.

These are just a few of the Kamov's I have made so far....


This is the agricultural version of the little piston-engined machine - hence the chemical/powder hoppers on the sides.

This tiny two-seat machine is powered by an AI-14V piston engine mounted behind the cockpit.

The Amodel kit comes with 3 alternate attachments to the hoppers - simple pipes as here, rearward facing
fan-shaped powder dispensers or long side spraybars for dispersing chemicals.


The Ka-18 is a stretched all-weather development of the Ka-15 with seating for 4.

The Ka-15's sliding doors are replaced with car-type hinged doors and the nose is extended.

This colour scheme depicts a Ka-18 being used as an 'aerial taxi'.

Ka-15M & Ka-18 together showing the differences.


Kamov's versatile Ka-26 featured a 'pod-and-boom' fuselage that allowed different cargoes to be carried.
As well as the 'normal' detachable six-seat cabin, a flat-bed platform or a large hopper for chemicals or powder could be fitted.

I have modelled my Ka-26 with the cabin detached.

The Ka-26 is powered by twin fan-cooled M-14VS piston engines in side pods.


The Ka-126  was an attempt to replace the piston engines of the Ka-26 with a more ecconomical turbine.
The resultant Ka-126 was a minimal-change airframe with a single TV-100 turbine engine mounted at
the rear of a new upper fairing. It did not enter production.

The TVO-100 had a single large exhaust at the rear.

The similarity to the Ka-26 is apparent in this view.


The latest iteration of the Ka-26 family is the Ka-226A - powered by twin Rolls-Royce/Allison 250-C20B turbines.

This machine is in the colours of the Ministry for Emergency Affairs - MChS or 'Emercom'.

Note the 'MChS Rossiya' titles and the Emercom badge.

Ka-226 Ambulance Version

The latest Ka-226 variant has the same power train, but a completely new detachable cabin with sliding side doors
and a clamshell rear end.

Note that the lower half of the rear door slides underneath the cabin when opened..........

....while the upper half lifts up under the tailbooms. Note the winch above the sliding side door.

Amodel's kit comes with a complete medical interior - with two stretchers, attendants seats and oxygen bottles.

This view shows the progression of the Ka-26 'family' - with the piston-engined Ka-26 at left, followed by the 'one-off' Ka-126
and the two variants of the Ka-226 at right.

Ken Duffey
February 2007