Wege Posted August 21, 2013 Share Posted August 21, 2013 (edited) Hi. I got this a while ago from an uncle who had picked it up at a local flea market- it was missing some bits. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10127480 It is the Italeri Su27 naval flanker which is not accurate so I have decided to call it a SU27B? that the Russians were trying to sell to the RNZAF instead of the F16s from the USA. The story would be that with the massive finds of oil/gas off of the Taranki (in the Tasman Sea and within the NZ Economic Zone) as well as the oil/gas that was substantiated in the Hawkes Bay, the NZ Government (lead by Labour at the time) decided that instead of looking at 'just' F16s that there would be also an option from Russia as well. The MiG29 was decided against as it's 'legs' were too short whereas the Su27 was capable of both serious Anti-Air AND Anti-Surface operations at range. With the massive increase of revenue with oil production, NZ was able to go 'a bit further' and look at other options for aircraft. Russia was willing to play ball. Russia sent out 3 units of the SK and two units of the UBK (two seaters) to be based out of RNZAF Base Ohakea. In short - this is a big departure from my normal 1/144 scale stuff. I am having a minor go at some 'metal colour' with brushes on the exhausts - it will do for about 2ft viewing of it ;)/> Some minor filling I am doing too, but this will in the end end up probably in the bin. Why? Because a little girl will be playing 'planes' with it :)/> Edited August 21, 2013 by Wege Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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