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    Post  Scirocco on Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:28 pm

    My current builds are 3 Trumpeter Flankers, a single seater Su-27 (Kit is J-11B) to be finished in Uzbekistan AF, Su-27UB to be finished in Kazakstan AF, an Su-30MKK in Venezuelan AF markings and finally an Su-34 in VVS colours, for which I am using the Olimp upgrade/correction set. Trumpeter kits all have sink marks in the outer wings were they are one piece (especially the single seater) and need shimming before closing the wings as well. Another mistake is the blow-in suction louvers at the bottom of the intake trunks, which have twice the number. Otherwise good fit till now, even the dorsal airbrake on the one fitted. Su-34 has had the undercarriage bays removed and replaced with resin set.

    If anyone is able to find another photo of the Uzbek Su-27 (sand and brown camo) I'd be very very satisfied, as they are very rare.

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    And here's what they should represent when done:
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    Post  Cyril. on Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:22 pm

    Very interesting build Very Happy
    Fantastic colour schemes Smile Smile

    Prosit cheers

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    Post  Ray on Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:22 pm

    Cool Quadruple Build & Colourful Schemes Twisted Evil cheers


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    Post  skyhigh on Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:39 pm

    Wow Gordon ..looking foward ... cheers
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    Post  in nannu pec on Wed May 01, 2013 11:13 am

    WOW.....interesting subjects as always Gordon...
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    Post  bcauchi on Wed May 01, 2013 3:23 pm

    Great choice of aircraft and colour schemes, looking forward to seeing them done.
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    Post  Scirocco on Mon May 06, 2013 8:44 pm

    Some progress. The Su-34 wings did not fit very well, maybe I should have sanded more off the lower edges of the resin u/c bays. I sanded as much as I could on the top and in fact broke one of them as it became too thin. The intakes fit very badly, and I placed plastic card and putty to smooth them out. I will give some undercoat to see the result better. The instrument was sanded flat as the detail is totally wrong, and replaced with decals from spare decals of other kits to resemble the real Su-34, though not much will be visible when closed.

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    The Trumpeter kits all suffer from a step where the nose cone meets the fuselage on the lower side. Another common problem is the intake trunks to engine bay joint, still requiring sanding and more putty to smooth out. The sink marks on the lower wings are also evident, mostly on the single seater. Although Trumpeter is better than Airfix, it surely isn't a quick build kit. Decals for the UB and 30MKK are those supplied with both kits.

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    Post  Cyril. on Mon May 06, 2013 11:33 pm

    Good job Gordon. cheers

    Once they are smoothed down the paint will cover everything.
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    Post  Paul Salomone on Tue May 07, 2013 8:28 am

    Prosit Gordon,

    nice job mate.
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    Post  Ray on Tue May 07, 2013 6:25 pm

    Keep the foursome as fearsome as possible Gordon I love you Twisted Evil cheers
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    Post  ascomt on Tue May 07, 2013 6:49 pm

    Great Job Gordon

    Keep us posted. bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce


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    Post  bcauchi on Wed May 08, 2013 8:38 pm

    Awesome Gordon, they are going to look just fab when they are done.
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    Post  Scirocco on Sun May 12, 2013 4:40 pm

    I have been preparing the armament for the 4 Sukhois. And they can carry a lot:

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    The long burn R-27AE which are carried by all types of Flankers are from the Airfix kit as Trumpeter's are all the R-27RE/TE type. The LGB and missiles from the Italeri (lighter grey plastic) also need some corrections. The HE bombs are from Trumpeter's Il-28 and Tu-16 kits, but I need to replicate the MER used to carry them, and it's not simple (here on an Su-24 fencer):

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    I also tried to reshape the Italeri KH-31R Anti_Radar Ramjet missile (which can be deployed from the Su-30 and Su-34 only out of these 4), which is too big in all dimensions, and not found in many kits. Although not perfect (what is?), it is much better than before. The body is a piece of evergreen tube, and the fins and nose cone taken from the kit.

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    And also more filling and sanding on the Su-34:
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    Post  skyhigh on Sun May 12, 2013 4:43 pm

    Full load Gordon... cheers
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    Post  iCocker on Sun May 12, 2013 8:22 pm

    One of the most beautiful birds of prey! Prosit Gordon just in time for Victory Day!

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    Post  Scirocco on Sun May 12, 2013 9:07 pm

    I have found that the pylon is included in a Dragon/DML set of Soviet armament set.....but it is only available from the US with high postage, but I will buy it.
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    Post  matilda on Sun May 19, 2013 10:47 pm

    flankerland , just brilliant .
    flanker family is one of most brutal looking and in a same time is very elegant.
    i will watch this closely .
    good choice of camouflage markings.

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    Post  Scirocco on Mon May 20, 2013 2:43 pm

    I airbrushed various shades and mixes of Alclad on the engine and exhaust areas and I am satisfied with the effect achieved. However, it is difficult to photograph, either the effect does not come out at all or it is too much! In real life, they seem better,

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    I also continued the Su-34, which does not have the bare metal engine areas, but fitting the etched brass around the canon wasn't easy. The fins are from an Italeri Su-27 (rescribed as these have raised detail) as those in the Su-34 kit are the taller ones used on the Su-27IB prototype and on Su-27UB's.

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    Post  skyhigh on Mon May 20, 2013 9:29 pm

    Good work Gordon........ cheers
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    Post  Ray on Sun May 26, 2013 4:35 pm

    skyhigh wrote:Good work Gordon........ cheers

    Make that x2 please cheers
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    Post  Scirocco on Mon May 27, 2013 10:43 pm

    I have cut off the wingtip pylons from the Su-34 and decided to finish this off with the ECM pods, and later make the very dark grey model with pylons. I also added the fairings below the cockpit added to production examples. I still have to rescribe the upper panels of the u/c bays as these were the size of Su-27, for a single wheel. The circular panel just aft of the cockpit is also too far forward and will have to be filled in and rescribed as well. I filled in the nosecone, as this a fibreglass cone in front of the radar and does not have any panel lines!
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    Su-27 with fins dielectric panels sprayed and masked:
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    I received the 2 DML Modern Soviet Aircraft sets, which contain the multiple ejection racks, but in one set the part(s) is defecctive, so I only have 2 MERs:

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    Post  Scirocco on Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:19 pm

    Some progress finally on the camouflages:

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    I need to respray the wingtip rails as they are in the upper mid blue colour not lower one. And the Uzbekistan Su-27, again needing some touching up before glossing for decals:

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    And finally, trying to salvage another Flanker (Can't have enough of them, I have half a dozen decal sheets) mainly from Italeri parts. Wings were modified, intakes and nose cone from another kit. I cut and narrowed the cockpit area to match up with the size of the nose from a Trumpeter Kit. I have a vacuformed canopy for it and bits left over from the Trumpeter kits. I sanded all the raised detail and started engraving the panel lines and access panels.

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    Post  skyhigh on Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:53 pm

    Wow very colorful....... cheers 
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    Post  bcauchi on Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:55 pm

    Prosit Gordon, what a lovely set of fighters. Let's see them done, they look magnificent.
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    Post  Ray on Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:53 pm

    Amazing colours on both Birds Gordon  cheers cheers cheers 

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