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  1. HobbyBoss is to release a 1/48th Sukhoi Su-34 "Fullback" kit in 2016-2017 - ref.81756 Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/a.103538733138062.8169.103526326472636/537476479744283/?type=3&theater V.P.
  2. Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot. Pics thanks to Dave (Shar2) taken at the Prague Aviation Museum, Kbley.
  3. Up next on the workbench, the recently released HobbyBoss rendition of the Su-27 Flanker. I will be adding a resin seat and using decals from Begemot. The kit seat is rather lacking in detail so I'll be using a resin replacement. And progress so far involves the construction of several sub-assemblies including the missiles. The R-73s provided in the kit are too long. I had to lop off the segment aft of the last panel line and attach the thrust vectoring controls to the end of the missiles. And the loadout I will be using: 4 x R-27ERs, 2 x R-27ETs and 4 x R-73s. That's the AA-10 Alamo-C, AA-10 Alamo-D and AA-11 Archer in NATO parlance respectively. Mark
  4. Su-35 Flanker E 1:48

    Su-35 Flanker E 1:48 KittyHawk Simply put, the Su-35 is an updated Su-27, but as is often the case with Soviet/Russian aircraft development, the gestation wasn't linear, and included a still-born Su-35 with canards of which only a few examples were built. Second time around the design was changed to remove the canards as they were no longer needed due to advances in aerodynamics, which also allowed the designers to reduce the radar cross-section of the airframe into the bargain, leading to claims of the design being gen 4++. The aircraft also took advantage of thrust vectored versions to improve its manoeuvrability, and as such sits in the gap between the Su-27 and the forthcoming fifth generation Pak-Fa, or T-50 as it is also known. A complete overhaul of the avionics was included in the re-vamp, and more modern materials were used in construction to provide enhanced capabilities as well as more durability in service. Its engines are similar to those of the Pak-Fa, and have an extended service life and significantly higher thrust that should allow it to supercruise, which seems to be de rigeur with modern jets, and will certainly lead to better fuel efficiency. Around 50 aircraft were ordered initially, ramping up production as the years went by, and another 50 were ordered later to bring the total up to almost 100 once deliveries have completed. China has also ordered a number for testing and development to gain experience in operating thrust-vectoring airframes before their own 5th gen project reaches fruition. Other buyers are in negotiations, which could result in the Su-35 being quite a success. The Kit A brand new tooling from KittyHawk, who have done their best to make it the best Su-35 in 1:48, taking on board criticism and support from the modelling community through its gestation period. The kit arrives in a traditional top-opening box, and you guessed it, it's full of plastic. Not brim full, but you'll struggle storing much aftermarket in there. The sprues are all bagged separately to protect them, with the two main fuselage parts together on the top of the rest. The styrene is all the usual KH pale grey and there are another eight in the same colour, a clear sprue, a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, and three decal sheets of varying size. The booklet is sub A4 with colour painting and decaling guide folding out from the centre pages. As with a lot of modern fast jets, the construction begins with the ejection seat, which is very nicely detailed straight from the box with an ejection seat that is made up from a substantial number of parts, includes some rather better seatbelts than previous kits, with decals for the side consoles and instrument panel. The complex HUD has two clear panes, and a PE hood over the top, which should result in a great focal point with careful painting. There is some confusion as to whether the seat is the correct one for the mark, but I will endeavour to take some close-ups of the parts, so that those that know can check. This and the gun insert are added into the upper fuselage along the refuelling probe bay, while in the lower fuselage the main bays are built-in using individual panels for added detail. The nose gear bay is constructed into a curved roofed box, and that fits into the nose of the lower fuselage, held in place by some quality bracing Ls in the corners. The exhausts are next to be installed, after being built and painted. The aft sections are made up from two detailed cylinders, with commendably thin lips, while the forward section is built from two halves, into which the rear engine face and afterburner assembly are fitted. Once both are assembled, each exhaust is surrounded by a shorter set of petals and then dropped into the lower fuselage before being enclosed by adding the upper. The Su-27 family all have pronounced stingers between the engines, and the -35 is no different, made up of two separate parts that fit into the rear fuselage and are joined later by an open or closed parabrake fairing. The gun trough is also completed by an insert with the busy mesh venting well depicted. With a blended fuselage, the wings are always smaller than conventional arrangements, and the wings here are made up from top and bottom halves, plus separate leading edges and flaperons. The wingtip rails aren't added until much later in the build, leaving the tabs visible in the meantime. Two more tabs at the root ensure a good strong joint with the fuselage, but as always test-fit before you apply the glue to get the best joint you can in this prominent area. The elevators are of the all-moving type, and are slim enough to be moulded as one piece, with only the hinge cowling a separate part, fitting into the aft of the wing-blend on a single peg for each one. The stabs are single-thickness for most of their height, with an additional layer below the separate rudder at the root. A number of tiny sensors are embedded in the trailing edge above the rudders, with small optional parts supplied for each one. Unusually, the canopy is shown installed with its interior detail parts and big IRST bulge in front of the windscreen, plus a choice of stowed or deployed refuelling probe, with the tiny AoA probes on each side of the single piece nose cone, which hides a full radar assembly, so perhaps you might want to leave it open? I said unusually, as the airframe doesn't yet have its engines finished, so there's a lot of work to do with the model flipped on its back, which never bodes well for the "fiddlies". The Flanker's intakes are widely spaced under the fuselage, and before they are installed, there is an amount of preparation, including placing the front engine faces inside, some detail parts for the main gear bay, a roof to each nacelle, a choice of open or closed auxiliary intake louvers, plus aerodynamically shaped "bumpers" for the gear legs. Again, check fit against the fuselage before you glue things in, as lining up cylindrical shapes always has an element of risk involved. Now for some wheels to allow her to stand on her own three (4 actually) shoes. The nose gear leg has a twin stack of tyres, plus the typical mudguard so often seen on these types, while the main gear legs are dressed with single wheels that have a simple single strut with smaller retraction struts. The two part main wheels have PE centres added, and have wall detail moulded-in, although the tread promised in the instruction diagrams isn't present on the plastic, but having seen more than a few Russian tyres, you probably won't worry unduly. Changing out part-worn tyres doesn't seem to be a priority for most squadrons! Each bay has its bay doors included, after which the pylons are added to the wing undersides, with PE sway-braces on each of the ten mounting points (excluding the wintips). Weapons. The Flanker D has a substantial carrying capacity, and following the avionics upgrade is cleared, or will be cleared to deliver a wide variety of munitions, and KittHawk have supplied four sprues for just such purposes. Take note, Hasegawa! It's list time: 2 x KAB-500KR smart bomb 2 x KAB-500SE/L smart bomb 2 x KH-29L/T Kedge Air-to-Surface missile 2 x R-73 Archer AtoA missile 2 x R-77 Adder AtoA Missile 2 x KAB-1500L/KR/SE laser Guided Bomb 2 x KH-31 Krypton Air-to-Surface missile 2 x KH-25-MT Karen Air-to-Surface missile 2 x R27ER/ET Alamo A-to-A missile 2 x R27-R/T Alamo A-to-A missile 2 x KH-58ME Kilter Anti-Radiation missile 4 x R-60 Aphid short-range A-to-A missile There are also a whole host of other weapons included on the sprues from iron bombs to sensor pods, which should be very useful if you're a frequent builder of Soviet/Russian aircraft. We're bound to see these used in a few more kits from KH for sure. As well as the missiles/bombs, all the required pylon adapter rails and carrier are included on the sprues, with the rear page devoted to showing you where the various munitions options fit. Check your references for real-world load-outs if you're going for accuracy though. Markings With three individual decal sheets provided in the box, and six painting options offered in the central glossy pages, you can bet there are some colourful choices, and you'd be right. Three of the options are dark grey over light blue, which includes two Chinese options, while the rest are all shades of blue in either freehand or splinter patterns, which can look superb when carefully done, so let's see what the options are. From the box you can build one of the following: Russian Air Force Su-35S Red 05 – dark grey over light blue. Russian Air Force Su-35 Red 31 – mid, light and pale blue came over light blue, with dark grey on the leading edges of the elevators. Russian Air Force Su-35BM 902 – Light blue all over with dark blue and white splinter camo. Chinese Air Force Su-35 – light blue all over with mid and pale blue wavy-edged camo. Chinese Air Force Su-35 – dark grey over light blue, with Chinese flag on the fuselage sides. Chinese Air Force Su-35, Cang Zhou Flight Tes & Training Centre - dark grey over light blue, with Eagle wreath motif on the fuselage sides and tail fins. There are a further four pages devoted to the painting and decaling of the weapons, their adapter rails and pylons, which takes up the larger of the three sheets. The rest of the decals are supplied on the mid-sized sheet, including a great many of the sensor patches, while the badges and instrument panel decals are printed separately by a different method on the small sheet. The decals are printed in-house, and on first inspection are of good quality, but under magnification there is a slight misalignment of the white base, which will show up most in the red numerals with white borders on main markings sheet. Check your box before you start, as some spare numerals may be required, depending on whether it bothers you or not. Otherwise, registration on the other sheets is good, the decals appear crisp and have good colour density. Conclusion A comprehensive box of Su-35 goodness that will doubtless find its way into many stashes. Given the sales already made and the possibility of more in the future, coupled with the consensus that it is a very capable aircraft, we're going to see a lot more of the Flanker E in the years to come. The kit shows a lot of promise in terms of detail, and as long as you test-fit the assemblies together before you get glue-happy, it should build up into a fine looking model with a little paint-and-patience. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of and available soon from major hobby shops
  5. Sukjoi Su-24 Fencer. Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  6. In my opinion, the ArtModel Su-25K is the most accurate Rook currently available in 1/72 but it is by no means an easy build. It’s a limited-run, mixed-media kit and that comes with some compromises in terms of fit. Also, the plastic seemed to have an inconsistent texture in places, which made it difficult to re-scribe straight panel lines after the repeated heavy filling and sanding sessions. Nonetheless, the shape is right and there is some really nice surface detail. I augmented the kit with HR Model etch, which provided some nice details for the cockpit and airframe. The B8M rocket pods came from a Dragon weapon set (slightly lengthened for accuracy), the S24 heavy rockets came from an ICM set, and the R60s are from Streem; the load-out is intended to be representative of that used during Russian ops in Chechnya. I used Authentic Decals Su-25 Part 1 for the markings, which I am sorry to say were a disaster. I think the decals must have had no carrier film as they disintegrated on contact with the water, especially those that were just a single layer of ink ie the white numerals. In the end, I cobbled together the necessary markings from the kit decals and what I could salvage from the Authentic Decals sheet by using some Microscale liquid decal film. By the way, the kit decals were entirely usable and behaved well, although the stencils lacked a little finesse. I’ll admit to not being 100% confident about the colours I’ve used for this particular machine (from the 960th ShAP at Primorsko-Akhtarsk in 2009) but I think it looks just about OK overall, although not my best work.
  7. Hello everyone. This is my first build article here in Britmodeller, starting on my Su-33... First up is my crude attempt at a cockpit, the colors are Testors RLM 78 and basic colors, I didn't realize how crappy the instruments looked while the Future is still wet. hopefully they will get better as it dries. I am replacing the K-36 seat with the long out of production KMC resin item as I didn't want to make belts like I did on my MiG-31. I added the red handles (park brake???) and the gear handle with wire. I still have to paint the seat and the back wall. Airscale instrument decals. hopefully it starts to look better. More to follow... ~A
  8. Sukhoi Su-15 NATO reporting name 'Flagon'. Su-15TM Flagon-F featuring Taifun-M radar and additional aerodynamic modifications, including new radome design for improving radar performance. Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  9. Just finished, Trumpeter 1/72 Russian Navy Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker D "Red 80" It's the Su-33 Flanker-D of 2nd Fighter Squadron AE, 279th Shipborne Fighter Aviation Regiment KIAP, RNS Admiral Kuznetsov 2016. Just finished it today, I spent like 19 days for this. Cheers.
  10. So I have a general question for the group and those that know... I have some of the Hobby boss 1/48 flanker series, Su-34, Su-27 Flanker B I am going to order the Su-30MKK and I was wondering what options for other than PLAAF variants are buildable from the kit. I don't want to make a Chinese version or at least paint scheme, I could cannibalize the decals from my Academy Su-30 kit but I have plans for that kit. also is anyone coming out with any upgrades for this series? and lastly is HB planning to release an Su-35/37 with canards series? I have the SOL conversion kit for academy but that's a lot of work thanks A~
  11. New Prop&Jet project. In design a 1/72nd Sukhoi Su-5 or I-107 resin kit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.943305552424439.1073741872.475396205882045&type=3 CADs Source: https://www.facebook.com/475396205882045/photos/ms.c.eJw9z9kNBDEIA9COVoTL0H9jm8CA~_Hqyx6OkihAQSUkR~;MtykOGe4jOC9d7xybk9fWiZad1704fVnm0fncvulRHt2357Khj7zc8h3fwd8P3P~;O0dShlze~;Y8q2~;reo~_yj0~;3c2xt27y~_d~;8DrZw9yw~-~-.bps.a.943305552424439.1073741872.475396205882045/943307789090882/?type=3&theater V.P.
  12. Modelsvit is to release in 2016 a 1/72nd Sukhoi Su-20 "Fitter-C" kit - ref.72020 Source: https://www.facebook.com/136603423173762/photos/pcb.530194830481284/530194777147956/?type=3&theater V.P.
  13. Polish Su-22 the export version of the Su-17. Pics thanks to Jacek.
  14. Trumpeter is to release 1/48th Sukhoi Su-9 "Fishpot-B" kit - ref. 02896. Source: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2804557302 Rumour: a two-seater Su-9U "Maiden" might appear under ref.02897. V.P.
  15. For this GB I will be doing something a little bit different for me, I’ll be building two identical models! By pure chance on evilbay I came across 2 1/48th OEZ Su-7’s for about $10 US! One model was missing the canopies and decals, but the kind sole threw in a VacForm aftermarket one. This wasn’t really needed as the kit supplies both open and closed canopy sets. So I intend to build a Czech Air Force and Soviet Su-7BKL, though right towards the end of their lives they were still frontline attack aircraft in the early 80’s (they were still some in service in the very early 90’s!). The model/s are really nice and have been used by Eduard with extra bits added (that said I now have 2 of the Limited Edition Su-17/22M3’s in the stash with full AM accessories as well!!!). The instructions are……interesting!! Will be using a set from the Eduard Su-7. Because they were so cheap I’ll be throwing heaps of AM stuff, this is just some of the stuff, still need more! So far; Eduard – Internal & External sets, BKL (BMK not needed) Wheel Well Doors QuickBoost – Intake Scoops (need another set) Aries – Cockpit set Wolfpack – Engine nozzle set Pavla – Ejection set The open canopy version will have the AM cockpit set, the closed will have the Eduard added bit. Colours scheme have yet to be finalised and I may switch the Soviet one to a Polish one yet. I can’t wait for this GB!!!!
  16. After the Su-22IG (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234963366-172-sukhoi-su-22i-su-7ig-su-7bm-with-variable-geometry-wings-by-modelsvit-released/?hl=sukhoi), the new Modelsvit's 1/72nd model kit is a Sukhoi Su-17M "Fitter-C" - ref.72011. Pics and Russian in-box review here: http://scalemodels.ru/articles/7548-obzor-modelsvt-1-72-su-17m.html Soon here: http://hobbyterra.com/product/sukhoi-su-17m-soviet-fighter-bomber-1-72-model-kit-modelsvit-72011.html V.P.
  17. Su-33 Update Sets (for Kinetic) 1:48 Eduard The new Kinetic Su-33 is a lovely model, and these sets are here to increase the detail above and beyond what is achievable with styrene injection alone. There are As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. There are two main sets, with the Zoom! set available with just the instrument panel details. Interior (49778) This two set fret includes a nickel plated pre-painted sheet for the cockpit details, and a bare brass set for the more constructional details. The ejection seat is decked out with a full set of crew seatbelts plus a number of extra details such as the arm-rests and headbox. The instrument panels are all replaced with new laminated and pre-painted PE parts after removing the moulded-in detail, with a slip of acetate sheet and some additional PE parts for the HUD unit. The canopy sills are detailed with a skin and the locking hooks, with a matching skin on the underside of the canopy with matching cut-outs, plus a set of rear-view mirrors for good measure. Oddly, there are also a number of sensors and raised panels added outside the cockpit around the nose, with a few more on the flying surfaces. Hardly interior, but who's complaining! Interior Zoom! (FE778) This reduced content set just includes the pre-painted fret and acetate as shown above left, which is useful for those on a budget or wanting to just improve the cockpit above the normal standard without getting involved with the more intricate parts, especially if they plan to leave the cockpit closed. Exterior (48891) Consisting of one fret in bare brass, this includes details for the intake trunking, a replacement afterburner ring that you push into shape before removing, the in-built FOD mesh that retracts into the auxiliary intake louvers, replacement mudguard for the nose wheel, details and skin parts for the dorsal air-brake. The rest of the parts take the form of lots of small panels and chaffe/flare boxes in the rear and around the engines. Masks (EX521) Pre-cut from yellow kabuki tape, this handy mask set supplies the masks for the frame edges of the large canopy panes, with the large compound curves to be filled in with either scrap tape or liquid mask. Also included are a full set of hub and tyre masks to give you the option of painting your tyres or hubs first. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Sukhoi Pitot Probes and Gun Barrels 1:48/72 Master With the large number of kits released of Russian aircraft, with some of the more obscure stuff being released lately, it’s good to see Master Models releasing a range of pitot probes in both 1:48 and 1:72 scales. The sets reviewed here have something new though, resin parts that represent the complex array of sensors that these probes have. Each resin part is also carefully protected within a resin square with a stick tape backing. You will need to take care removing these parts, and recommend a fine pair of tweezers, as the fine probes could easily be broken. Due to the nature of the 1:72 scale parts, and my lack of a macro lens I have only photographed the 1:48 sets, but be comforted in the knowledge that even in the smaller scale the details are the same. [AM-48-119/AM-72-103] – This set is for use with the Sukhoi Su-7 Fitter A and includes not only the prominent three piece nose mounted pitot probe, complete with a resin vane section, but also the fin pitot probe and two 30mm cannon barrels. The instructions are very clear and give the modeller the dimensions of the drills required for each part and markings on the parts show how far they are to be recessed into the kit parts. [AM-48-120/AM-72-104] – This set is for the Sukhoi Su-9/Su-11 Fishpot C, as with the Su-7 set, this set includes a three piece nose mounted pitot probe, with resin vane section, the sinpler fin mounted probe, and instead of gun barrels there are four pylon rail heads, for which the moulded kit parts have to be removed first. [AM-48-121/AM-72-105] – Designed for the Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon, this set includes two multi-part pitot probes, one four piece probe for the early Flagon A, with one resin part and a later five piece probe for the Flagon F, with two resin parts. The single piece wing-tip probe is also included. [AM-48-122/AM-72-106] – This set is designed for use with Sukhoi Su-17/20/22 Fitter kits. This has the complex five piece probe fitted to the right hand side of the nosecone, a choice of two styles for the left hand probe, and two 30mm cannon muzzles. Again, the instructions are nice a clear, showing what sized drill is required for which part. [AM-48-123/AM-72-107] – This is on the simplest sets within this cluster, and is designed for the Sukhoi Su-24M. It contains just the pitot probe, which consists of three parts, including the really complex resin section. The instructions do state that you will need to shape the kits nose cone to shape, so that the rear section of the probe fits flush. I’m not sure how this would work with the replacement resin nose cone on the market. [AM-48-124/AM-72-108] – The last set in this batch is for the Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot. It contains two pitot probes, the complex three piece for the right hand side of the nose and the simple single piece probe for the left side. Once again the resin section needs to be seen to be believed, as the complexity is amazing. Conclusion Just when you think Master Models have reached the pinnacle of their profession, they bring out something new. The way the resin vane and sensor sections of the probes have been reproduces is quite amazing, added to the clever way to protect them in the packets, makes for a superbly detailed product. Very highly recommended Review sample courtesy of Piotr at
  19. After the 1/72nd Su-7B (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234951737-modelsvit-172-su-7b-fighter-bomber-announced), -BM, -BMK (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234926083-172-sukhoi-su-7bmbmk-fitter-a-by-modelsvit-released-links-to-review) & -U (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234947501-172-sukhoi-su-7u-moujik-two-seat-trainer-by-modelsvit-released) Modelsvit is to release a kit from the initial variant: the Sukhoi Su-7 "Fitter-A" - ref.72007 Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/494-modelsvit-анонсировал-еще-несколько-новинок/ V.P.
  20. After the Su-9 "Fishpot-B"(http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234953191-148-sukhoi-su-9-fishpot-b-by-trumpeter-released) and the Su-11 "Fishpot-C" (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234975584-148-sukhoi-su-11-fishpot-c-by-trumpeter-released), Trumpeter is to release in late February 2016 a 1/48th Sukhoi Su-9U "Maiden" - ref.02897 Source: http://www.trumpeter.cn/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=65&l=en Box art V.P.
  21. Small Stuff Models released 1/72nd Sukhoi I-14 & I-14bis resin kits - ref.72001 & 72002 Sources: http://www.smallstuffmodels.com/2012/10/72001-1-72-sukhoi-i-14-history-i-14-ant.html http://www.smallstuffmodels.com/2012/10/72002-1-72-sukhoi-i-14bis-history-i-14.html V.P.
  22. Another day, another model. I've not done any Russian birds before, so this will be new for me. I'm aware of the kits shape issues, but I'm not really that bothered by them, so will be building OOB. On to the pictures. 01 - Boxart 02 - Instructions 03 - Sprues 04 - Sprues & decals 05 - Sprues 06 - Sprues Looking forward to playing with this one, as it will give me an opportunity to properly try out the AKAH paints I bought at SMW two years ago! Good hunting!
  23. Modelsvit is to release in 2016 a 1/72nd Sukhoi Su-15 Samolet P (1949) - ref.72040 Source: https://www.facebook.com/136603423173762/photos/pcb.530194830481284/530194777147956/?type=3&theater V.P.
  24. Su-25 Frogfoot STGB

    Ok I know we have had a big run with Jet STGB's and that the STGB calendar is closed until November but Enzo, bless his little heart said we can still come up with Ideas, so.... The Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" This is an aircraft that has been in service for close to 35 years and probably been used in conflicts around the would for probably as many years as well, and still is! A design of the 70's, it made it's first flight in 1975 with series production starting in 1978 before entering service with the Soviet Air Force in 1981. In a few peoples minds it was a design "stolen" from the US...as it shares similar design cues with the Northrop designed YF-9 from the A-X Program, in which the eventual winner was the Fairchild Republic A-10. It's a popular "Ground Pounder" that has served in 28 countries and is still in front line service with most of them! There are lots of interesting colour schemes to choose from including some amazing ones from Central Africa. For me I have a Digital one in mind from the Ukrainian Air Force. If this one gets the numbers, it won't be until 2018, so plenty of time to think about it. ok, now time to get a list started: 1, trickyrich - host 2, exdraken 3, Ilking 4, Peter W 5, Radleigh 6, Skids 7, CliffB 8, Rob G 9, vesthepes 10,
  25. Sukhoi Su-35S arrives in Syria

    Four Sukhoi Su-35S fighters strengthen Russian aviation group in Syria. bit.ly/1WZy8s8
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