1/32nd Su-27UB ‘Flanker C’ – “Red 64”
I’ve put the finishing touches to Trumpeter’s 1/32nd scale Flanker C over the weekend. I embarked upon this build as I have always loved the twin-seat Flanker and thought it would be a straight-forward build to be getting on with in the background and as a break from my longer term vacform and scratch-build projects when I needed it... I was wrong.
I was rather disappointed with the overall quality and fit of the kit to be honest – the fit was very poor in places, in particular the wing to fuselage join was problematical as the wing was much thinner than the attachment point at the root. The fit of the intake trunking was tricky (I think the forward sections are actually slightly larger in diameter than the rear sections) and the cockpit glazing was considerably wider than the fuselage and was difficult to attach – it’s still far from perfect to be honest but passable from a distance. There were numerous mold-lines and flash to clean up in many places, and the nose cone section was also a poor fit. However, perseverance is the key, but there is more filler on here than I had anticipated, especially for a ‘modern’ kit of this nature.
There are some lovely aspects to the kit though – the gear bays are nicely detailed out of the box, jet pipes are pretty good and the airframe surface detail is lovely and comes out well after a light wash. And it certainly captures the mean, menacing look of the Flanker nicely.
Apart from some Eduard etch in the cockpit, the model was made from the box with Hannants’ Xtracolour enamels being used along with the kit decals. All painting was completed freehand with a Badger 200 airbrush.
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