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Su-17 (1949) Advanced Prototype (7208) 1:72 A&A Models - ModelSvit


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Su-17 (1949) Advanced Prototype (7208)

1:72 A&A Models - ModelSvit

 

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The Su-17 (Aircraft-R) was an advanced porotype aircraft from Sukhoi and should not be confused with the later Su17 Fitter aircraft; it would appear that Sukhio reused the designation just to confuse us in later years!  The aircraft was designed to match data developed by the Central Aerodynamic Institute in Moscow. The aircraft would feature a 50 degree swept wing fitted with air brakes and boosted flight controls.  As well as an ejector seat the aircraft would feature an entirely detachable nose section.  Problems with the wing design, and also the types proposed TR-3 engine would hinder the project, though not as much as Pavel Sukhoi falling out of favour did.  Sukhio OKB was scrapped which ultimately ended the project. Only one airframe was built which never flew and then was used as a gunnery target. 

 

 

Kit

This is a new tool from A&A models, part of the Modelsvit group.  The kit arrives on five sprues of grey plastic, one clear sprue, a small PE fret, small decal sheet and a sheet of masks. The plastic is of good quality and while it may have a slight feel of the shorter run type of injection plastic the details are sharp and there is no flash, 

 

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Construction starts with the cockpit. Behind the tub is also the front wheel well, and the sides form the insides of the intake with the cockpit being at the very front of the fuselage,  A seat with PE belts is made up for the inside along with a control column being added. Instrument panel and side panel details are provided in decal form. Once these parts are together the exhaust and wheels are made up. Masks are provided for painting the wheels which is a nice touch.  The main gear well is also then constructed. Once all these sub assemblies are finished they  can be placed inside the main fuselage and it can be buttoned up. The opposite fin side is then added. 

 

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We then move onto the wings. These are of conventional build with left & right, upper and lower parts. Three prominent wing fences are added to each wing.  Clear lights are provided for each wingtip. Once competed they can be added to the fuselage along with the tail planes and the hump behind the cockpit. 

 

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To finish off the landing gear is made up and added along with the gear doors. Two different canopies are provided depending of whether the modeller wishes to display it open or closed. Mask are provided for painting the canopy. 

 

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Decals

A small decal sheet provides 8 red stars only for the aircraft. 

 

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Conclusion

It is good to see a new kit available of this design.  Even though it never went any further data from the design undoubtedly went into later Sukhio OKB designs when the design bureau was reopened in 1953 after Stalin's death.  Highly recommended. 

 

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