It is Su-17 fitter of SMER. Last time, when I also built SMER 1/48 Su-7, it was a pretty difficult kit in my not so much experience of airplane model. In fact, I have this Sukhoi Su-17 Fitter by impulse buying… Although I would like to make another company easier kit, first I thought I’d have to make this one, I dared to start using nippers.
I was reading the manual and I wonder what color to use for this Su-17 before starting. The painting instruction of SMER is only a color number of Humbrol. Moreover, the number might be old, and there are a lot of colors not understood even if trying to match with the Creos. I would like to make it with the Soviet Air Force, this camouflage is roughly the four colors of dark brown, light brown, dark green, light green. Maybe I can choose them from my color stocks.
Basically, there are lots of parts without dowels, sometimes there are large gaps and sinks, I think that is the reason why it is hard to work. Even with the second SMER kit, I am somewhat uneasy in preparation for making it.
The first large operation is the paste left and right parts with the cockpit and the engine. Now I’m painting many parts. Although I want to paint the same color at one time, there are many parts which I leave later in balance with the assembly.
It is extremely difficult to joint the left and right body parts. The air intakes of the nose and the front landing gear compartment, the rear engine and the cockpit side panel, the front panel, fine-tuned seat, there are a lot of steps and gaps even with careful fitting. Because I used a large amount of glue to the cockpit which I carefully painted, I have to retouch many parts later. But anyway, I built all the necessary parts required.
Paint the variable-sweep wing compartment inside with yellow-green. I don’t have Mr. Color, used Tamiya enamel with a brush.
It has become a rough shape with wings attached.
Yes, there was a gap in large quantities as expected. Nevertheless, fitting of parts is much better than Su-7 which I made earlier.
This is my Heat Pen of Towada Giken, I thought it would be useful to do Zinmerit Coating of German tanks, I bought it a long time ago. Now the manufacturer is the same, but the selling company is changed to Platz, I suppose.
The gap was generated on the lower side which was hard to see, and it was corrected with a heat pen. However, considering the accuracy of the wing dihedral, it will not be possible to correct it on the lower side every time.
Perhaps this kit will need to fill gaps and sink filling in various places. This heat pen must be useful.
There is an instruction that the pylon should be adjusted to fit the main wing by cutting apart with an accurate angle. This is difficult, and a large gap has occurred. This is also filling and shaving with a heat pen. I am not confident of finishing it clean.
The structure of the landing gear is complicated, so I’m not sure it is correct. For the time being, I adjusted the angles of various parts so that they can be installed easily as soon as they were painted.
I attached the cover of the landing gear compartment on the underside of the aircraft to the landing gear. Russia current fighter, I have made several times in the past, the structure of the landing gear is complicated. I think it’s probably suitable.
I attached a Pitot tube. Later that, it will be damaged easily with a careless handling.
The pure white molding color is unusual. The figure attached to Tamiya’s anti-aircraft half truck was also a white part.
Masking with sol and tape. This time, I choose the canopy closed state. Even if it fails, the canopy of the open state is also attached.
For the seat belt, I chose the part on hand properly. The seatbelt shape is not accurate, but I think it is over the canopy so even in the atmosphere is OK. I put a polarization seal on the sighting device of the cockpit. But I don’t recognize it very well. Should I put it after painting in clear blue?
I struggled with built in the cockpit into the fuselage and finely adjusting each part, so I didn’t concentrate much on the painting of the panel. I made an excuse, Painted as finely as possible.
Where there is no confidence in the finish, I blew the surfacer and checked if the joint disappeared. “Yes, it has not disappeared, but I’ll go forward without a care!” I removed the dirty adhesion trace if possible.
It is a little troublesome for the jet aircraft to choose the procedure of masking after blowing metallic first around the engine. I blew the engine various kinds, such as silver, black-iron, burned iron, clear orange, tried to make a model-like adaptation. Since the pylon and the bottom of the main wing are also metallic this time, the process before camouflage paint was unexpectedly taken time and effort.
I think that the air brake paints the inside, temporarily them closed position. Open the air brake and bond it, when a painting is done. I wonder I don’t have to mask them.
There are a lot of necessary parts for masking. Including the lower side of the variable wing. Preparation for painting is not so interesting.
A change appears on the body surface more or less if I blow a shadow with black before four-colored camouflage, and is it interesting?
The colors selected as four-color camouflage and the underside of the aircraft, the underside of the aircraft is Mr. Color #337 Grayish Blue. The green #302 is FS34092 used for various parts of fine detail. The camouflage color is #41 Red Brown, #310 Brown FS30219, #330 Dark Green BS381C/641, #303 Green FS34102. While I don’t notice, the color used for an airplane has also collected a lot.
There are lots of fine caution marks. If I pasted all this, I’ll get a pretty sense of precision.
Finally Su-17 under making is completed. It is quite big on a 1/48 scale, I will have to secure a place to decorate.
Sukhoi Su-17 started operation in 1970. NATO’s Codename has been a Fitter just like Su-7. It is the same Codename, even though its appearance has changed considerably as a variable wing. It is used as a fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. In the Soviet Air Force it is called Su-17 and for export is called Su-22.
Su-17 is a Su-7’s successor, the best feature was the variable wings. M4 is the final type of Su-17. Having the highest attack capability, it was also called Su-21 for a while. The movable air intake was changed to a fixed type, simplified and weight was reduced. The shape of the bulge on the upper fuselage is different compared to the M3 type, which is slightly larger.
The Su-17 was operated in the war in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the fourth Middle East war, Iran-Iraq war and Africa’s Angola, etc.
It was the last type of the Fitter, so my choice of the armament is high-tech weapons.
The view from the front of the Fitter series is always cool. I wonder the boundary between the canopy and the fuselage could not adhere smoothly. But it was good that the mist didn’t come inside the cockpit and the inside was never clouded.
The marking of this Su-17, which was deployed in the Far East in 1988, the Soviet Air Force No. 302 Fighting Bomber Regiment. It belonged to Pereyaslavka Air Force Base in the Khabarovsk region. This base is about 700 km to Sapporo, Hokkaido in Japan. Maybe it is an influence of I’m a German tank lover for choosing a four-color camouflage of Soviet Air Force more than a flashy East German Air Force marking in this kit decal?
I wonder how to finish the coating, I finally made the coating between gloss and half-matte. I think the camouflage paint was matched better to the matte surface, but the Phantom II, I made earlier was glossy and I like this.
Previously, I felt it even when I made the Su-7, SMER kit is very soft plastic.
I painted the cockpit as finely as possible, but the original details were not so good and it was hard to finish cleanly.
The longest item in the middle is the KKR-1T Soviet reconnaissance pod, it has a normal camera and panoramic camera, night photography camera. On the other side of the silver missile pod is the ECM pod, SPS-141 Electronic Countermeasure system, Jammer. The other is the fuel tank.
There is not a much detailed painting explanation in SMER’s instructions, such as the painting of the extra fuel tank. By my own interpretation, I painted those tanks on my favorite, such as camouflage painted on the top half, the bottom color is light gray. It’s not a kit that thinks too much detail, OK if it is satisfied personally.
It is a new discovery that it is cool looking unexpectedly when the air brake is opened.
It was completed by struggling a hardly assemble, it is felt that trial and error remained even after it ended. Immediately after making another SMER kit, I thought that Su-17 could not be assembled. It is a pleasure to be completed sooner than expected. When I begin to make, it’s quite fascinating. It is not bad to trial and error the old Eastern European kit.