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Sukhoi-30 MKI . 1/48 . HobbyBoss . . . .

Hello Friends,

This is a Build of the HobbyBoss Sukhoi-30 MKK in 1:48 size.

I build this kit into a Su-30MKI in service with the Indian Air Force. The build is OOB with required additions or modifications.

The mods include :

1. Making the LERX – Leading Edge Extensions alongwith the canards. I make this using plastic card and epoxy putty. Once the putty dried I sanded the thing to shape. The panel lines were rescribed with reference to the line drawings which are available on the internet.

2. I modify the tails as the ones used by the MKI are different to those on the MKK. I add wedge shaped sections to the tops and I make new wide chord rudders. I also add plastic card to the bottom to increase the height of these fins. Horizontal stabilizer actuator fairings are also scratchbuilt.

3. I chose a Bomb Truck Loadout for this build as it is really intimidating. However the kit doesn’t include any OFAB Bombs. So I dig my spares box and I use the OFAB 250 and OFAB 100 Bombs supplied in the Trumpeter MIG-27BN and MIG-27 kits. I further modify these bombs as they have really funny noses. So I cut the nose and attach flat plastic. To this I add a drop of resin to get an acceptable nose shape. Also I add stabilizing fins to these. A total of 24 OFAB 250 and 12 OFAB 100 bombs were modified.

4. The Sukhoi’s when parked have their engines pointed down and inwards. So I modify the engine nozzles to give them the correct stance or angle. The Mod is to add plastic to the inner nozzle which acts as a flange for the install and I add plastic cut at an angle to the outside nozzle which represents the swivel mechanism for thrust vectoring.

The rest of the build is pretty straight forward. I detail the ejection seats with seatbelts made from masking tape, hydraulic lines on the landing gear were added using stretched sprue.

Paints used are locally available acrylics. The engine panels are brush painted to show the brushed burnt metal effect.

Overall the kit is a good place to start with if you want a Su-30 SM, MKI or a MKM in your collection, but the kits needs some work.

Only KittyHawk has a Su-30SM but it comes at a price and with less plastic inside the box.

Hope you like the Build . . .

Best
Adi

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9 responses to Sukhoi-30 MKI . 1/48 . HobbyBoss . . . .

  1. Very nice looking machine and a very impressive bomb load

  2. The HB Flanker kits are so good, and you did a perfect job on this. Excellent work on the hot metal of the engine deck.

  3. Everything I know about these airplanes could be written on the sharp end in a pin with a dull Sharpie with 90% of the space left over. I can, however, recognize a really nice model when I see one, and this is a really nice model.

  4. Very impressive, both the build and the bomb load.
    You did an exceptional work on those engines, they look very realistic.

  5. You make it sound so easy, but the extra work you’ve put in to this model has resulted in a great looking Sukhoi, definitely liked.

  6. Adi, You could do a video on your techniques alone! The engine deck painting, the riveting, the added plastic and molding and the weathering and water wash is just fun to watch. Thanks.

  7. Many Thanks Everyone . . Really Glad that you ALL liked it. . . . I hope to do better in the future. . . Thanks . . .

  8. A really great Sukhoi, Captain @adichaunz. I love all your color interpretations and weathering.
    Even more so, I laved all your extra add-ons.
    Congratulations!

  9. Excellent build! All the details added were a great touch, and the painting and weathering really bring it to life.

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