Sukhoi T-50 pak fa
This is the Hobbyboss 1/72 kit of the Russian prototype fifth generation fighter set to go into service in 2017.
The kit has some nice little touches such as a photo etch cockpit and pitot tube but was quite difficult to put together in places requiring a lot of filling and sanding. The main difficulty was getting the canopy on after fitting the cockpit tub, but this could have been my fault, I’m no expert!
The main point of the build was for a bit of practice on aircraft before I start assembling some of my larger scale jets. I do think they are a really cool plane but I can’t help but notice that the Russian and Chinese modern prototypes look alarmingly similar to the F-22! This might just be the end product of aerodynamics and the science of stealth dictating the shape of the aircraft, but could also be other nations sitting back and allowing the US to spend trillions on development, then pinching the design!
I added a metal landing gear that I got with it from the e-bay seller and also some Begemot decals. They look fantastic when down and in the right place but are definitely not easy to apply. Once again though, that’s just down to my inexperience and they are definitely the decal of choice for the master craftsman. If you have never used them I would recommend just using water to position them before applying the Micro Sol. Micro Set seemed a little bit too strong.
I used a mixture of paints for the finish. I used both Tamiya and Alclad for the exhausts and the Ammo by Mig SU-33 colour set for the fuselage. I’m not sure if it’s just my eyes, but the Mig colours in the bottle seem to be a bit off from how they look on the box…
Anyway, it definitely served as a learning curve. It’s not the tidiest build ever and the colour scheme is a bit off but I’m happy enough with the outcome, it could have been a whole lot worse!
Cheers for looking.
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