I’ve decided to abandon the idea of building all my aircraft models in 1/32 for two reasons. Firstly, there are a lot of fantastic kits in smaller scales and also there are certain historically important aircraft which have never been released in 1/32. Secondly, my house isn’t big enough!
This is the Hobbyboss kit of the Sukhoi SU-47 Berkut ( Golden Eagle ) in 1/72. It’s a fairly simple kit but is definitely good value for money for under a tenner!
The project was first launched in back in 1983 but funding from the Soviet air force was frozen when the USSR dissolved. The project continued with sole funding from Sukhoi, with the intention of building a one off to serve as a technology demonstrator. It eventually made it’s first flight in 1997.
The jet showcases an advanced fly by wire system and internal weapons stores, features which were later installed into the SU-35BM and the T-50 PAK FA. The forward swept wings were a distinguishing feature of this aircraft allowing great manoeuvrability at sub-sonic speeds. The commander in chief of the Russian air forces claimed in 2014 that research from the SU-47 is still being used for the development of forward swept winged prototypes which will be unveiled in the future.
The actual jet has a black colour scheme, but I wanted to add a ‘ what if ‘ element and went for something that entered production. I turned the 01 decal upside down and transformed it into the number 10 plane with a splinter camo. So apologies yet again for defacement!
I might even build it again in the future in it’s original markings for that price! Cheers and thanks for looking.
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