Trumpeter 1/32 Sukhoi Su-27B
This is my Trumpeter 1/32 Sukhoi Su-27B, finished as “Blue 24”, Poland, 1992.
The Sukhoi Su-27 ‘Flanker’ is a Soviet-origin twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft, intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth-generation fighters such as the F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle, with 1,910 nm range, heavy aircraft ordnance and sophisticated avionics.
Entering service in 1985, its primary role was long range air defense against B-1B and B-52G/H bombers, protecting the Soviet coast from aircraft carriers and flying long range fighter escort for Soviet heavy bombers such as the Tu-95 ‘Bear’, Tu-22M ‘Backfire’ and Tu-160 ‘Blackjack’.
Developments of the Su-27 design included the Su-30 two-seat, dual-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions and the Su-33 ‘Flanker-D’ naval fleet defense interceptor for use on aircraft carriers.
Apart from Russia, 15 other countries operate the Su-27 and, before the war in Ukraine, only the Ethiopian ones had fired shots in anger, downing at least two Eritrean Mig-29s.
The Trumpeter kit is a nice representation of the Flanker in 1/32.
Should you wish to read the full build review, you might do so by visiting my beloved site Modelingmadness: