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madcat911

1/48 HobbyBoss Su-27S Flanker-B

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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. 

 

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The kit seat is rather lacking in detail so I'll be using a resin replacement. 

 

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And progress so far involves the construction of several sub-assemblies including the missiles.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Mark

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Looks like a nice kit.  Good progress so far.  Looking forward to seeing this come together

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It's the wrong scale for me Mark - but it's looking good so far......

 

One thing I do notice though is the size of the intakes at the leading edge of the fin root.

 

One the real thing, the port fin intake is almost twice the size of the starboard intake - most Flanker kits have them the same size - only Zvezda's 1/72 scale Su-27SM gets them right.....

 

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Happy Flankering

 

Ken

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Is this the same Ken for the J-11, one bigger than the other? Interested to know (off to hunt down photos).

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Hi Radders....

 

Yup - the same is true on all Flankers - port side is bigger than stbd side.....

 

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Ken

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I'm watching with interest as I've just received some and had a look in the box and was blown away by the contents, really impressive looking kit to this non Flanker expert.

 

Duncan B

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Cockpit completed. I used the supplied decals and gave it a light wash with enamels.

 

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And here it is installed in the upper fuselage.

 

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Mark

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Some progress on this build.

 

Painted and weathered the engine exhausts.

 

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The completion of the exhausts allowed me to button up the fuselage.

 

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Then I installed the HUD.

 

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And then the windshield and canopy. The canopy is attached with Blu-tack so that it can be removed later.

 

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Mark

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On 10/17/2016 at 9:55 PM, Jens said:

Very nice!
What colour did you use for the cockpit?

 

Jens

 

I used Gunze Mr Color 118 which is apparently RLM 78 Light Blue.

 

Mark

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Just a small update for now.

 

The main wheels that HB provided has the brake cooling holes simulated by tiny recessed dots. They are way too small so I used a 0.3mm drill bit to enlarge them and improve their look.

 

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Another enhancement was to remove the molded-in lens of the taxi light and replace it with a clear lens.

 

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Mark

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Today I tried adding some detail to the kit. This is what I believe to be the ILS antenna located on the port fin as it comes in the kit.

 

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It looks nothing like the actual antenna so I attempted to spruce it up a little with some plasticard.

 

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I also managed to give the whole airframe a preshade. Medium blue was chosen as the final camouflage consists of 2 shades of light blue and a light grey.

 

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Mark

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Top work there mate.

That paint job looks great.

 

Adrian

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Much thanks for all the kind words of encouragement.

 

Today I completed the spray job by airbrushing the various RWR covers and gun blast panel near the nose.

 

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Then I commenced with the decal application.

 

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The Begemot decals are thin and easy to use. They react well with Mr Mark Softer.

 

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Mark

 

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Great progress, Mark! Using your advice I have painted my cockpit RLM78 tonight.

 

I have been thinking about how to tackle the intakes and mesh FOD guards. Did you build the intakes according to the instructions?

 

Jens

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