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  1. And she's finished! If you haven't already, you can check the in-progress thread here: You can access the full gallery and article at my blog: https://vvsmodelling.com/2017/12/07/sukhoi-su-17m3-fitter-h/
  2. Sukhoi Su-17M3 'Fitter-H', Azerbaijani Air Force

    Thanks guys! Jan - actually the panel lines aren't as wide as they appear in the pics - they are for example much more restrained than Airfix ones. I guess the angle of light during photoshoot overemphasized them.
  3. Sukhoi Su-17M3 'Fitter-H', Azerbaijani Air Force

    Thank you gregair and Ryan!
  4. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Thank you, guys! She's finished!
  5. Hi everyone! Here's my new project I wanna share with you, the Sukhoi Su-17M3. But hold on, it's not the infamous Kitty Hawk Fitter and neither is the new HobbyBoss one. We're talking about a Modelsvit one in 1:72 scale. And from what I've seen so far, it is by far the best Fitter in this scale... and quite possibly in any. You might have seen the K-36 seat already from Ken's beautiful M-17 build, but here it is again. Ejection seat consists of, believe it or not, 23 parts! What you see here is 22 parts as I left of the commendably thin ejection seat lever to add at the end. All in all a model inside a model I could say and the level of detail is just great. The only problem are instructions as they are not very clear with the location of some of the tinier parts. Nicely molded exhaust turbine The exhaust pipe is of correct length and made out of 3 parts. It is a bit tricky to assemble, but for some time lost during the assembly, you get some really nice interior details and the dreadful seam lines that usually plague the exhaust halves, won't be seen here. Cockpit and front wheel well details is awesome as well - larger companies should be learning from a small short-run company like Modelsvit. I've bypassed the instructions a bit here - instead of building the cockpit/front wheel well assembly first and then gluing everything into the fuselage halves, I found it easier to just glue the cockpit halves into each respective fuselage half and build on from there. And guess what, the fit is perfect! Just look at the back wall details. Much better than with KittyHawk kit in larger scale. You get two different instrument panels - one with flat surface if you choose decal and one with all the little details if you fancy painting all the little details. I guess I'll go with the later option and if I fail miserably, I still have a back up :)
  6. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Thanks, Brandon! Here's the last in progress shot - only a few details to attach and she'll be finished.
  7. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Thanks, mate! Some light wash has been applied, several details added and she's now ready for matt clear coating.
  8. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Thanks guys! Applied the decals - Linden Hill + kit stencils. I hope to regain the momentum, as my little kid is in the hospital and I am in no mood for anything at the moment...
  9. MiG-21SMT color questions

    well, I don't know about which is more common, but I am also not sure which interior green is mentioned in the instructions? Well I don't recall seeing them green at all, ever - maybe grey with greenish hue, neutal grey, blueish grey, even cream colour. Just one of the many MiG-21 walkarounds on the net: http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/bill_spidle/mig-21smt_walk_1.htm
  10. MiG-21SMT color questions

    Testors/MM paint is way too pale, to be accurate representation. And if you are going to use the PE parts, you'll be forced to match the PE's colour, accurate or not.
  11. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Thanks, Peter! Painting the details now - green dielectrics, exhausts and aluminum on the wing-sweep area.
  12. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Indeed - all the wing fences and flare dispensers protruding from the surface make masking really challenging. I will admit, I had to do several resprays, but luckily, it's easy and quick to do them with lacquers.
  13. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Thanks guys! I am using Mr.Paint acrylic lacquers and I went with what I have in my collection, which meant I had to do some mixing. I mixed the colours by feeling so I can't really give you the ratios, unfortunately. Undersides - MRP-197 Su-27 Light Blue Grey Top Tan - a mix of MRP-167 Light Earth, lightened with MRP-214 Yellow Brown RAL8020 Brown - MRP-166 Chestnust Brown Green - MRP-32 Green For Wheels, darkened with MRP-5 Basic Black Grey - MRP-246 Light Arctic Grey FS36628 Hope this helps
  14. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    aaaand the main camo is done! Now off to paint all the details... masking this SoB is quite challenging due all the things protruding from the surfaces
  15. A-6E Intruder

    how about uploading the pics of your previous builds to the respective folders of the image provider of your choice and include the link to your model building account in your signature? just a thought
  16. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Thank you, sylphia! Green parts of camo added as well
  17. 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-27. 968 IIAP, Lipetsk AFB.

    Nice looking Flanker, Alex!
  18. First Topic: My 2017 realisations

    welcome to the forums! Nice models to present yourself with as well ;)
  19. PAK FA

    In fact, over 6 years. Here's my shot from MAKS 2011.
  20. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Oh very cool progress on the big Fitter! You don't see many of those built. Here's some painting progress - or at least what I was able to do this week anyway ;) Nice coat of primer makes a whole bunch of difference to the overall looks. Some little touchups were needed but nothing serious. First top colour. I had some problems determining the right paint to use, as all the photos of this rare birds I found have really bad photo reproduction resulting in colours appearing different from one photo to another. And first part of splinter camo pattern is applied. No major problems, apart from some slight overspray, but that will be easy to remedy.
  21. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    That's correct! ;) Although I love Afghan theater Fitters, I'm gonna do this one in this special scheme... M and M4's are gonna be Afghani ones.
  22. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Thank you, Gianni! Indeed they have raised the bar quite high... And we're talking about a small short-run producer, not some big name in the modelling industry with big budgets.
  23. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    Thanks Giovanni! it's actually a rather slow build... Little kid at home and unfavorable working schedule prevent more work to be done... But at least I've reached the priming and painting stage. She's gonna be carrying Azerbaijani markings. I am quite sure, Modelsvit will include M4 at some point in the future - not a lot of modification compared to the M3... I am also hoping for M2 version.
  24. Su-17M3 'Fitter-H'; Finished 07/12/2017

    thank you karl! Hope to see the photos when you do! OK, long time since my last progress post - I was working on her but the pace was slow. Fuselage went together rather fine - I only had some problems on the join line in front of the cockpit. It is possible that was of my own doing though. Main wheel well sidewalls have two functions - apart from the obvious details and the depth of the well, they also serve as spacers for the swing wing. Wings themselves are made of two halves; they are a bit too thick, but easily sanded down to achieve a perfect fit. Unfortunately I experienced a little bit of setback during this build. When sanding the intake ring for a better transition to the fuselage, I accidentally sanded through the rather thin plastic and created a bite on the upper side. I somehow managed to fix this by using Milliput Superfine putty. Using metallic paint dry-brushed over the seams, reveals any seams that still might fixing. Wings completed without any hassle and dryfit to the fuselage shows a perfect fit! The main problem I had during the construction so far is the big wing fence near the wing pivot. It's made of one piece with an aperture to slide the whole wing assembly through. And while the fit is great in the frontal area, there was quite a nasty gap on both top and bottom side along the way towards the trailing edge. Windshield is up, instrument panel with sighting glass and gun camera installed. Finally the wings attached and it looks like a Fitter at last! A bunch of little details added to the airframe. All the little intakes on the sides of the fuselage were drilled out. If you are asking what's with the metallic paint - I drybrush it on to see the state of join lines and puttied areas. Also hats off to Modelsvit to providing the painting masks for canopies (both inner and outer!) and some other details. Although I've only seen Azerbaijani Fitters equipped with drop tanks, I don't see any reason, why they wouldn't carry classic Soviet weapons - I'll be equipping it with two underwing drop tanks, two S-24 rockets and four FAB-500 M62 bombs. The only aftermarket item used on this bird will be a set of Master pitot tubes. Delicate little things that proved a bit challenging (diameters didn't match perfectly) and I still have to fix the longer one a bit, but they look really awesome and 3D printed vanes are so thin yet flexible and a little mishandling won't break them.
  25. Magnifiers for small details

    another happy user of Optivisor - I have a very good eyesight (40yrs old), but when I started my 1:700 USS Cole kit, the PE parts were just too tiny... it has since become an essential piece of equippment, especially for cockpit detailing.