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Here is another bunch of illustrations for the brand new G.W.H Su-27 kit in 48th scale and the way it was designed, what we wanted to add and parts we thought would be interesting to make the kit as authentic as possible.

 

My sanity was questioned by some Russian Su-27 experts when I suggested that there is an indentation on both sides of the tail boom underside. It is round about the same place as the after wings of the missile are positioned. There is a gap there but still . . .

Many photos were examined and I had a closer look at a real Su-27UB for confirmation and those “dents” are there.  Only the Zvezda 72 nd scale kit has them but there it has very soft “edges” and looks more like a plastic shrinkage problem.

 

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Everyone is usually looking at the instrument panel as a mark of detail level for a cockpit. The area under the windscreen is usually overlooked / simplified. OK there is a HUD and some shape but that is all.

Just as with the Su-35S kit this area was important in my opinion and G.W.H was easy to convince that it would be worthwhile to do a bit of detailing here. After all a plastic part will have to be made for the coming and it takes same amount of work to add details as not too. The only difference is in research that goes into it. Any difference for the modellers? Apart from looking nice and authentic there is also no need to get any aftermarket. Same with the HUD and its unit.      

 

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The ejection seat. What can I say? Not much more than what is written here. A real live seat was measured for this research.

 

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The nose gear bay details are different for the single seater and the two seater aircraft, details are there in the kit.

 

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Gabor

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Fantastic attention to detail. I know this kit won't be cheap, but at the slow rate at which I complete models, it looks like it will be very well worth it!

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On 7/11/2020 at 2:06 AM, Mfezi said:

Fantastic attention to detail. I know this kit won't be cheap, but at the slow rate at which I complete models, it looks like it will be very well worth it!

I don't mind paying for quality!

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At last I thinned my stash a tiny bit and actually completed a build and started on another. However all that work will be out the window now 🤣. I hope the missus wont notice any additions. But seriously this is amazing work and the passion really shows. Im looking forward to my copies once I can get my hands on them.  

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Sorry for a belated update on the brand new G.W.H Su-27 kit family in 48 th scale. Here is another batch of images about the development and those fine details that we thought was important to add and differentiate between version in this kits design.  

 

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The radar. This is an interesting part.  

There was never an urge to cut the kit into little pieces by opening up lots of service panels, but the radar is serviced fairly regularly. The Su-27 aircraft design had a special feature incorporated into it. The whole nose section can be lifted with the help of a special and fairly simple winch. It take minutes to do and the technician has access to the unit. Remember that a radar unit servicing is mainly (95%) about the “black boxes” of electronics and only in 5% about maintenance of the actual radar dish. This is why one can simply lift the nose section and do the work. To get to the radar dish is a far more complicated task, very rarely carried out in field conditions. For this the nose cone is removed with many locks, under it one finds a protector hood of the dish which has to be removed by unscrewing dozens of lock. This is carried out mainly during heavy overhaul of the whole aircraft. There is absolutely no point in going so deep into radar details. Compared to this the nose part is lifted regularly, obvious that we went with this detailing and no further.

 

 

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Little attention is payed to the big airbrakes that the Flanker has. In most cases “something” is provided and no difference is made between the single and two seater versions. Also there are some fine details here, both on the actual airbrake and in the bay. The UB two seater has a completely different design with many very complex curves and shapes. Personally this is kind of details that I look for in a kit and here it was luck that we could make it the way we as modellers would like to see it.

 

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Gabor

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Sorry it will be long way in the future if at all!!!!!!!!!!

A lot of things will have to change and will change for certain in our lives due to the virus. World will never be the same!

All shows for the year are cancelled, so will it be next year. Hungary has never been a real air show place. Since there is no real air force there is nothing to show, and for a real International Air Show one needs to "return" the favour of the visit to others for them to come to us. In the past all our shows were deeply overshadowed by corruption and politics. Something that Western organizers dont really understand. But this is east and it always will be!

 

Same goes for modeling events. Czech's are still hoping that there will be an E Day. With the second wave of the virus already building force I am not so sure in that either, just as Telford . . .  The future will be very different! Sorry, but this is the world today and we have to live in it, we are simply passangers in this whole event. Not much we can do.

 

So I am having good time in sifting through old events in my archive. Nothing more that can be done at the moment.  : (   : (

 

Best regards

Gabor

 

 

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1 hour ago, ya-gabor said:

Sorry it will be long way in the future if at all!!!!!!!!!!

A lot of things will have to change and will change for certain in our lives due to the virus. World will never be the same!

All shows for the year are cancelled, so will it be next year. Hungary has never been a real air show place. Since there is no real air force there is nothing to show, and for a real International Air Show one needs to "return" the favour of the visit to others for them to come to us. In the past all our shows were deeply overshadowed by corruption and politics. Something that Western organizers dont really understand. But this is east and it always will be!

 

Same goes for modeling events. Czech's are still hoping that there will be an E Day. With the second wave of the virus already building force I am not so sure in that either, just as Telford . . .  The future will be very different! Sorry, but this is the world today and we have to live in it, we are simply passangers in this whole event. Not much we can do.

 

So I am having good time in sifting through old events in my archive. Nothing more that can be done at the moment.  : (   : (

 

Best regards

Gabor

 

 

 

Yes, this is very true! I am just reminding to the fantastic Kecskemet Air Show 2013 with the Russian Su-27 team display twice during the weekend, on Saturday evening and Sunday noon during excellent weather conditions, unforgettable! I have hoped for another show there since then, but unfortinately it never took place. Now, I got some hints about the reasons behind.

 

If Eday can not be held this year, I am hoping for another Moson Show next year.

 

Even if the future is looking not so bright at the moment, I am pleased that such fantastic products, like the G.W.H. Su-27 help to bright up the mood. Thank you to all, who contributed to this! 

 

Hopefully, the kit will be a success that more of this calibre can follow!

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18 minutes ago, falcon91352 said:

I am just reminding to the fantastic Kecskemet Air Show 2013 with the Russian Su-27 team display twice during the weekend,

 

I heard of it but unfortunately I missed that show. The reason was simple, I was to go as an exhibitor with my ejection seats and flight safety museum stuff (as on previous shows) but the “very kind” organizers were asking for a million (more than 3000 Euro, about 4-5 months wages in this part of the world) just to be there and to be able to contribute with my display to the success of show (mainly with my money in the pockets of the organizers). I understand that all the food sellers, drinks vendors were able to make that money and even (hopefully) make a profit at that weekend, but me as a plain exhibitor of museum pieces not making a penny on the show. . .  It was ridiculous and of course I stayed away. But so did other exhibitors with whom it would have been a more colourful event!

 

But this should be about the Flanker kit. And yes, I think it can add to easing problems and provide (hopefully) some good modelling time in problematic times we live in.

 

Moson next year? It is planed, just as this years event was but what future holds for us is another story.

 

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Gabor

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On 7/15/2020 at 10:40 AM, ya-gabor said:

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Wow! Thanks for the measurement data! Finally the truth!! I roughly measured and compared the "A" and "B" of AA/Kinetic's Su-33 and GWH's SU-35, AA's basically got it spot on, amazing job if they never measured the real thing! GWH got it close but it's too wide indeed, particularly the B/width of the cockpit opening. Great to know that it's going to be corrected/perfected on the new generation of the Flanker 😉 I can't wait for the single seater version!

 

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Gabor, I just want to thank you for these very professional detail presentations - they are actually useful references in themselves! Really looking forward to the kit.

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Hi Mfezi,

 

Thanks for the kind words! Glad you like it!

 

It has been mentioned before but I have to add again that the work on this kit was a TEAM effort by several modellers from all over the world, me just one of them.

The pages shown above are a glimpse into the design of the kit and what we thought was important to make.

 

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Gabor

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3 hours ago, B.Sin said:

Gabor, 

        When will we see some plastic?

 

Brad

Hi Brad,

 

This is a very good question! I have been pushing this for some time, but as you know I am only a small part in this team and the manufacturer makes all the decisions of what, where and when to show.

 

Actually some images of the real plastic have been shown already, even if in a non authorized way.

 

I for one also hope that soon real images will be shared by G.W.H

 

Best reagards

Gabor

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1 hour ago, ya-gabor said:

Hi Brad,

 

This is a very good question! I have been pushing this for some time, but as you know I am only a small part in this team and the manufacturer makes all the decisions of what, where and when to show.

 

Actually some images of the real plastic have been shown already, even if in a non authorized way.

 

I for one also hope that soon real images will be shared by G.W.H

 

Best reagards

Gabor

Thank's Gabor.

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Really looking forward to this (these) kits. Kittyhawk may have been first out the gate to get a product to market, but having built both KH and GWh Su-35's, and now seeing the information that has gone into this new kit from GWH, I will be happy to wait, and will not be buying the KH offering.

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Good, so I dont have to post them here!  : )  : )  : )  : )

 

 

This  is the next phase of introducing the brand new G.W.H 48 th scale Su-27UB kit.

Sprue layouts for the UB kit, obvious that the next single seater will have a some common sprues with this one but also a lot of differences and a bunch of alternative variations to build from it.

 

Sprue layout answers some questions but of course not all, like that special sprue W with lot of small bits and pieces. All will be clear later . . .

 

Best regards

Gabor

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