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  1. Finally finished - my Su-27IB conversion - combining the front end of an Italeri Su-34 mated to the back end of a Heller Su-27UB trainer to make the prototype Su-34.... (exactly what Sukhoi did! - grafting a new front end onto a Su-27UB) The WIP is here...... I wanted to make my 'Platypus' as it was displayed to the leaders of the CIS countries near Minsk, Belorussia in 1992.... fully tooled up with a full load of dummy weapons... Note the differences to the final production Su-34 - no fat tailboom, single main wheels, taller fins and metal radome. Underside view showing weapons..... I was trying to replicate this configuration as seen during the presentation to CIS leaders at Machulischi, near Minsk, Belarus..... This is what I ended up with..... Decals are from the stash - as are some of the weapons.... A few more images - including build photos - here. Ken
  2. Modelsvit T10-10 Flanker prototype 1/72 scale

    It was a bit of a dog, apparently. Not meeting the spec in many areas - the design team wanted to 'tinker' with it to fix some of its issues - but Mikhail Simonov took the bold (and potentially career-ending) decision to go for a complete re-design. Almost none of the original airframe was left after it was transformed into the world-beating T10S / Su-27 Flanker that we know and love today. Ken
  3. 1/48 - Sukhoi Su-35 "Flanker-E" by Great Wall Hobby

    Scratched canopy on your Flanker? Easy fix.......... Ken
  4. 1/48 - Sukhoi Su-35 "Flanker-E" by Great Wall Hobby

    I mentioned it on another thread about the GWH Su-35S build - but no-one seems to have picked it up? How can you eliminate the mould separation line on the tinted canopy??? Just a thought. Ken
  5. New Yefim Gordon Su-27 family book

    If I know Yefim Gordon it will be exactly the same as the existing book (which I have) with a few new chapters and photos to bring us up to date. If I didn't have the existing book, I would get it - but as it probably contains 90% of what I already have, I would be reluctant to buy it. Although... as I am genetically programmed to obtain anything to do with Flankers - I'll probably succumb to the siren call.......... I guess the best thing would be to sell the existing book for $400 - and use some of the money to purchase the new one ..... seeemples. Ken
  6. 1/48 - Sukhoi Su-35 "Flanker-E" by Great Wall Hobby

    I've almost finished the 1/72nd Hasegawa Su-35S - and used the AKAN Su-27 paints. I'll take more pics when it is finished - but here it is alongside the Modelsvit T10 in the same colours.....Judge for yourself .... Ken
  7. Just finished - the excellent 1/72 scale T10-10 Flanker prototype from Modelsvit....... This really is the best yet from Modelsvit - crisp moulding with nice engraved panel detail, etched brass parts, self adhesive masks - a complete package. The anti-FOD guard on the nosewheel is realistically done - with a separate wheel and the guard in two halves - unlike the one-piece moulding on some Flanker kits. Spot the difference - first and latest Flankers - T10-10 and Su-35S........ More photos - build and finished model - here. WIP thread - here. Ken
  8. Su-33UB Flanker-D - 1/72 scale

    Thanks Mstor - I'll need to do some more research (but only after I have finished my T10-10, Su-35S, Su-30M2, Su-27IB and Su-34!!) Ken
  9. Zvezda/Revell Su-27 Flankers in 1/72

    Very hard I'd say - the parts breakdown is totally different..... Su-27K (Su-33)....... The Su-27SM has a separate upper forward fuselage......(presumably to facilitate a new Su-27UB upper forward fuselage) Anything is do-able - it just depends on how much work you are prepared to do? Ken
  10. Sukhoi T10 Flanker Prototype from Modelsvit

    Nearly there............. This really is a stunning kit from Modelsvit..... they even include an etched-brass HUD - very small but perfectly formed... Also included is a rectangle of perspex for the Combiner Glass!!!! - although my shaky hands and failing eyesight weren't up to fitting it... Almost time to add the windscreen and canopy - then a few etched aerials and Odd Rods antenna and it will be finished. Ken
  11. Sukhoi T10 Flanker Prototype from Modelsvit

    Aigore, I should have said 'half unmask' - those areas where the third colours meet. Ken
  12. Sukhoi T10 Flanker Prototype from Modelsvit

    Mstor, Photos taken - and posted up on my oroginal Su-33UB/Su-33 WIP page ...... Rather than having the discussion here. Ken
  13. Su-33UB Flanker-D - 1/72 scale

    I can't believe it is 18 months since I 'gave up' on my Su-33/Su-33UB builds - because I was not happy with the colours. Here they are sprayed up - but the AKAN colours are too stark to my eye - not helped by my too sharp edges........ Su-33UB left, Su-33 right...... If I can summon up the enthusiasm, I'll maybe get round to a re-spray.... Comments on colours welcome.... Ken
  14. Sukhoi T10 Flanker Prototype from Modelsvit

    I can't remember which set I used - I gave up on the Su-33/33UB a few months ago. I have these colours in my AKAN Su-33 paint collection... 73064/65/66 73163/64/65 But I don't know which ones I used - but the colours on my airbrushed Su-33/33UB look too stark - not helped by the too sharp edges to the pattern(my fault) I'll take some photos of the painted models and get back to you - and maybe resurrect the two models. Ken
  15. GWH Su-35S building

    Surely the tinted one would make it more difficult to eliminate the mould seam down the canopy apex?? The best choice would be to sand/polish out the mould seam on the clear version - then tint it using your favoured method - dip in Kleer that has some Tamiya Smoke added maybe ??? That would solve two problems at once (ie no tinted canopy in later kits plus seam line on tinted version). Just thinking out loud.... Ken PS Great info Gabor - and superb K-36 seat