Blue Thunder...1/48 Suchhoi Su-22M4, Fitter-K, Vietnam People´s Airforce
Here´s one of my dad´s rare excursions to the more modern world.
Hobby Boss Su-17M4 kit with Model Maker Decals. Only used the nose numbers and the airintake decals from this sheet, the national insignias were too large, at least for the HB kit. Found some suiting ones on a Su-30 Caracal Decal sheet. The aircraft would have a lot of stencils, but, as you may have guessed, none on Vietnamese available.
The rest of the model is oob. Cockpit painted with AK Real Colors Air Superiority Blue, seatbelts are molded on but additional belts with masking tape. Underside painted with AK Real Color Air Superiority Blue too, upperside done with a selfmixed blue, upper tank side with a selfmixed sandbrown. Added some noseweight to avoid a tailsitter.
Vietnam still operates about three dozen Su-22M4 and Su-22UM-3K, which were overhauled and upgraded in the Ukraine. Most aircraft were painted in a sky blue tone, the rest in a 4-tone Soviet style camo (2 greens and 2 browns).
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