Sukhoi Su-15TM “Flagon F”, Trumpeter 1/48th
Here is a backburner kit that has been rescued due to the on-going panic and hysteria that is gripping the nation, and indeed, the world. So, with plenty of time to finish stalled projects, I have rescued this Trumpeter Su-15TM.
This is the much-maligned Trumpeter Su15TM, that some claim is unbuildable. Well, it took awhile, but I finally brought this one over the finish line. This kit is from 2002, so it needed some help; thusly, I used Eduard exterior PE, a Quickboost seat, and Master pitot; everything else is from the kit (including decals).
Having read the online reviews, it seems that the main problem with this kit is the nose, more specifically the radome, which apparently is too long and sits at an incorrect angle. Some reports are so dire that they recommend scrapping the kit nose for an aftermarket one, then performing surgery to fit the aftermarket nose! In the event, I chose to use the kit radome, which I shortened by a few millimeters until it looked right. The incorrect angle was fixed by sawing off the front of the fuselage at an angle, again, until it looked right.
Alclad “Aluminum” was used, for the finish, with some panels picked out in darkened Alclad, for some visual interest. Pledge (Future) was used as a glossy clear coat for the decals, the a final overcoat of semi-gloss (Testor’s Dullcote and Glosscote mixed 50/50) finished things off.
All of the ordnance is from the kit, but I’m not sure if the configuration of four missiles, and two gun pods, was ever carried. I decided to “man-up” this model, using all of the ordnance, simply because it would be one mean Sukhoi. This model depicts the most famous Su-15TM, the Boeing killer, “Red 17”.
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