This is my already started Trumpeter 1/32 Su-27B!
The Sukhoi Su-27 (Russian: Сухой Су-27; NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a Soviet-origin twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth-generation fighters such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle, with 3,530-kilometre (1,910 nmi) range, heavy aircraft ordnance, sophisticated avionics and high maneuverability. The Su-27 was designed for air superiority missions, and subsequent variants are able to perform almost all aerial warfare operations. It was designed with the Mikoyan MiG-29 as its complement.
The Su-27 entered service with the Soviet Air Forces in 1985. The primary role was long range air defence against American SAC 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”.
There are several related developments of the Su-27 design. The Su-30 is a two-seat, dual-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions. The Su-33 ‘Flanker-D’ is a naval fleet defense interceptor for use on aircraft carriers. Further versions include the side-by-side two-seat Su-34 ‘Fullback’ strike/fighter-bomber variant, and the Su-35 ‘Flanker-E’ improved air superiority and multi-role fighter. The Shenyang J-11 is a Chinese licence-built version of the Su-27.
The 1/32 Trumpeter kit made quite an impact upon its appearance in 2004 and looks very impressive in the box even today: clean molds with nice recessed panel lines, well executed cockpit,wheel wells and exhaust nozles etc. And it’s big. VERY BIG! Check the next pic, with an 1/72 Buckeye on top of it:
The nice looking tires are vinyl, which might not be to everybody’s liking. Metal landing gear main struts are provided, together with classic styrene ones, in case you have strength concerns about the latter. There’s some PE, too, I’ll come back to it later on.
Typically for Trumpeter, only one decalling option is provided, Blue 24, 582 Fighter Regiment, 4th Air Army, based at Chojna, Poland in 1992. At least, it carries nice kill markings. Decals look super, and I sense they were made by Cartograf. Instructions are loud and clear, but mostly generic color callouts are provided, so some research here…
I had started this kit upon buying it around 2005.
The basic airframe was assembled, as well as all flying surfaces, pylons, seat and engine exhausts (their depth was increased by inserting a plastic tube of similar diameter, looking more realistic).
Then it was left aside, mainly serving as my sons simulated missions aircraft, “flown” around the basement.
You can see that glue has “weathered” in some joints (oh my, now we have weathered unfinished models!), so fresh one will be applied (possibly liquefied styrene, to double act as filler).
i will finish it OOB, as usual.
I think I’ve read somewhere about accuracy issues, both styrene and decal/scheme choice ones. I don’t really mind, already looks like a Su-27 to my eyes.
So here it is!
The time has come for this matrioshka of a build, but a beauty of a plane!
Thanks Herr Admin, for the conception of this GB!
More to come!