1/48 Zvezda Su25
America has A10 and “brrrrrrrr”, Soviets and Russians has Su25 and “phew phew phew”. Some would say that A10 is gun with plane and Su25 is rocket with plane. Both planes has same Close Air Support role. We can fight about topic which plane is better, I would tell that I like tham both. Vicious and fearsome planes. I wouldn’t like to be in their line of sight. I will not say anything else, both planes are combat proven on the battlefields.
As soon as I heard that Zvezda is making their Su25 I was delight. Just as I was with hearing about Mi24 in 1/48 scale. But, I was dissapointed by Mi24, shallow panels, obsolete rivets, spartan details, poor cockpit (maybe that’s the reaon for putting pilots in Zvezda’s kits)… Mi, Mig and Sukhoi are Russian flagships for air power. It was reasonable to think that Zvezda will produce kits on their best. Buuuuut… I’m dissapointed as well with Su25 as I was with Mi24. Also, I’ve heard that Zvezda’s Su57 is terrible in 1/48.
So, as soon as Su25 was released I had an opportunity to obtain kit. My friend have done Trumpeter’s Su25 in 1/32 and it is excellent. I thought that this one would be even better. But, I was gravely wrong. Let be frank, this kit is very good, but it has many flaws. First, very shallow and unusable panel, rivets are somewhere in positive, somewhere in negative. I think that Zvezda thought to represent plane as in reality. But for us, old school modellers this is not so good. Why? If rivet is in negative and yoou dan it, ok, no problem, use rivet tool. But, if it is in positive, You have to think about buying an aftermarket decals or so. I’m not in the mood to put much money into relative cheap model (in Serbia it was about some 40 euros). Also, as a relativly young man (34 years) I think that old school modelling is the best way. Use sandpaper, scriber, riveter, do some scratchbuild… I’m not in the mood buying 3D decals, pe sets, resin… it is like cheating, for me. I have many models with many, many aftermarket parts. But I’m more into scratchbuilding.
Than, panel lines. Shallow as a hair. Just a little bit thicker primer and You will loose all the details.
Landing gear, front. It is sligthly going to the starboard, I put lead into the nose, evenly positioned. But it wasn’t good enough, plane was falling to the one side, so I had to reposition lead.
Air intakes were problem, for me. Slightly bigger in shape than the rest of the fuselage.
Tricky part are landing gears, overkilled in putting together. Very fragile.
Also, I’ve put the pilot as a bonus.
In the end I finished assembly for a matter of few days. The model is not bad, but I had high hopes from Zvezda. This is Russian airplane and Zvezda had to do it better!
I did the model in a scheme from Afghan war. Maybe I’ve overkilled it with armament, but this plane is real killer beaty.
The model is painted with acrylics and weathered with oils.
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