scooter Posted December 30, 2012 Share Posted December 30, 2012 My last build for 2012 looks to be one that was built more as a quest, than a serious build! Anyway, itâ€™s a Su-7BM (S-22M) â€œFitter â€“ Aâ€ of the former Soviet Air Force ca. late 1970â€™s. The inspiration (?) for this originated for me when wargaming in the 80â€™s, I played SPIâ€™s â€œOil Warâ€ which has several Su-7s featured. all with pretty low attack and range factors, which made me curious as to why these had such low value numbers. So â€“ curiosity kills the cat! â€“ and I discovered that operationally, Su-7s were hampered by a high landing speed of 340â€“360 km/h due to the thin, highly-swept wing. They had poor visibility from the cockpit, and lacked an instrument landing system, which made operations very difficult, especially in poor weather or on poor airfields. Apparently they were pretty fast and rugged. So, that said, I found pretty much the same with the characteristics of the model kit too! Modeling as a hobby requires multiple mental levels and directions, and the process was as follows; First â€“ find something to build that would look basically Ok â€“ and I discovered a â€œFitterâ€ kit somewhere in my stashâ€¦. Second - Then over about a 12 year period I would occasionally look at the kit box and remind myself never ever buy cheap model kits,.. but the intrigue and interest drove me to see what a cheap Fitter would look like built. Finally, with some determination, much chopping, cutting, sanding and an on-line visit to an obscure Russian company to buy some decent looking wheels, I managed to put together the aforementioned kit, and make it look something like it would have been years ago as a member of the Frontovaya Aviatsiya. Enjoy the Fitterâ€“A! All the best for 2013. Adam Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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