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John Thompson

Su-25SM "Frogfoot" Information Wanted

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I'm thinking about building a 1/72 model of the Su-25SM, probably using the Zvezda Su-25 kit. I'm aware that the Su-25SM is an upgrade to existing Su-25's pulled out of service and refurbished with improved avionics, weapons control systems, etc. These details would (I think) be confined to the cockpit, and therefore not obvious on a model with a closed canopy. So far, the only external difference between the -25 and the -25SM I've found is that the -25SM has only 4 pylons on each wing, versus 5 for the standard Su-25. I've found a couple of walkarounds of the Su-25SM, so I suppose I could work my way through those, comparing the kit parts with the photos; on the other hand, if anyone can offer some guidance, it would be very welcome!

Thanks in advance;

John

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Can't help with the specifics.... but here's a couple I photographed at MAKS

MAKS 2011 - note the BBC Russia titles and three-colour stars...... (available on Begemot sheets)

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This one at MAKS 2012 has the new 'aubergine' camo......

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Ken

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But beware of some Su-25SM . They also have racks PD-62-8 rfor missiles R-60 or R-73! Usually but are not because it is to possibility this hinging point to use ECM container MPS-410 Omul. SM version is substantially cheaper variant versions of T and TM. Another difference is used for rebuilding plane Su-25 or Su-25BM version. BM version uses R-195 engines and these have a different shape the cover nozzle engine air intake it is not for electric generator, the rudder.

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Also uses the newer navigation systems so bug antennas will PION the PVD and also cover the braking parachute.

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Su-25SM from Su-25

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Su-25SM from Su-25BM

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Su-25SM with OMUL ECM system

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This thread is timely as I plan to build an early Afghan era 'A' model. Are those camo colours still valid for that time? They look similar to what is given in the Eduard instructions BUT I know they're not always the most accurate....

Sorry for the slight diversion off topic....

Also what's all the piping on the engine on that shot above?

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Also what's all the piping on the engine on that shot above?

Probably smoke generation - these Su-25's trailed white/blue/red smoke during the 2012 RusAF 100th Anniversary show at Zhukovsky.....

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Ken

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Hi harvy5! Thank you very much for your information and for the images - your posts are very helpful! :thumbsup2:

I'm tempted to model "Red 14", the aircraft shown as a conversion from a Su-25BM - I just have to find the Begemot decal sheet Ken refers to in his post for the "VVS Russia" text on the fin.

Thanks again to both of you!

John

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Probably smoke generation - these Su-25's trailed white/blue/red smoke during the 2012 RusAF 100th Anniversary show at Zhukovsky.....

Ken

Ah I see! The Red Rooks....like it!

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Thanks again, Ken - I've been pricing them at Linden Hill, too. I might also need the Begemot 1/72 MiG-29 sheet just to get the red numerals - this is becoming a rather expensive project! Maybe I'll buy what I need in stages - first the paint and the titles, then the stars and the MiG-29 sheet. I've got a couple of Italeri "Fulcrums" stored away - I should be able to make proper use of that sheet eventually! :lol:

John

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Excuse me
but the British forum has blocked the relevant message using photographers ...

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Excuse me

but the British forum has blocked the relevant message using photographers ...

Are you trying to post them directly or link I them?

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