Academy 1/48 scale SU-27 Flanker
Hello! Here is my Academy 1/48 scale SU-27 Flanker. This kit was purchased for the equivalent of about $20 in the city of Taegu, Republic of Korea back in 1995 (when I thought $40 was a lot to pay for a kit!). I worked on it here and there, little by little since then, and I think my skills got better faster than I was progressing with this kit. Long story short, a few years after I had put the fuselage together I opened this box up again and was not pleased with the level of detail in the cockpit (aside from a resin seat that was too narrow for the tub but I used it anyways just because I had already painted it), or the wheel wells, or the super thick wings on the missiles. I didn’t want to toss it, so I decided that I would just try and do my best to make the paint job look nice and weathered, post Soviet style, and I also wanted to make the hot section look like it has been abused by high temperatures. I will leave it up to you to decide how successful I was, but I think it looks pretty cool enough to be displayed behind a glass case at work.
Paint job was Model Master enamels, mixed and adapted by eyeball to look like something I saw online. I airbrushed the camo with my Sotar 20/20, and used Model Master Metalizers shot through my Badger 150, then finished off with Tamiya burnt metal weathering powders, and a wash of crayola water color black(-ish). Having experienced Academy decals before, I didn’t have confidence that they would go on without a fight, so I bought some decals from Begemont instead. They went on effortlessly!
I was almost not going to use the kit missiles and I didn’t want to spend money on after market for this build so in the end I decided that this jet just looked unfinished without missiles, and the ones in the kit weren’t going to be used anywhere else so I thought what the heck, just paint them and put them on! Good from afar but far from good!
Thanks for looking – CHEERS!
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