I made a Russian fighter plane in April 2015.
The other day, I went to the hobby shop near my house to purchase the color of Merkava IV now I’m making, but unfortunately it’s out of stock so I had impulse purchase for this Flanker D. Since I made F-15E, I would like to make an other Jet Fighter.
Firstly opened the box and I was amazed the main parts were large. The trial assembly seems no problem. I wonder what is the best way, best order to assemble efficiently.
Backside main wing joint is too big, maybe about 0.6mm. I’ll file it a little before adhesive joint.
Anyway I blew the cockpit in interior color. I mistook the sheet is in dark color really so I’ll repaint later.
This kit is included in many kinds of weapons, I try to make it fully armed. The combination of the weapon layout is complicated, I referred the chart on the manual. I decided to mount the R-27R, R-27ET,R73 and B-8. I should decided which weapon to amount this timing of the latest.
It’s not related to the modeling, I purchased the GTX960 PC video card. It seems eight times faster the drawing speed improvement than my CPU on-board HD4600. It is inspiring that the 3D games I only bought no played are so smooth moving! For example, Tomb Raider is more interesting than playing in the rough screen…
I wonder the effective order of assembly, now painting tire wheels, engine nacelle and lever in the cockpit. Anyway, I can not move to the next step without paint inside of air intake.
I’ve painted in Mr.Color mat white first, but it’s not a good enough cover of gray, I used the Mr. Color GX1 Cool White because the hiding power was better.
I glanced at first before starting, my impression of 1/72 is easy, this kit has many parts and process is difficult for airplane model beginner. I need to recognize the type of pylon and weapon combination after cutting off from the runner. Pylon and the body, lower surface are the same color, it’s probably easy painting after attaching them together.
I attached air intake to the body without big problem. Many curved parts became one beautiful form finally, it’s beautiful. I opened the pylon holes underside of main wing at this timing The marks on the wing indicate the location of holes.
Well, before painting, I assembled as much as I can. I wonder retry painting the inner of air intake, it’s not smooth white.
Now it’s late timing but I put the seat in the cockpit now. Almost of the cockpit area is invisible and leave it, now I worked seat belt made from the lead plate.
Introduction paint is white parts, I masked the canopy by masking tape and sol.
Cut out the paper and masking. I got used to do masking and became interesting as paper cutout. I thought this green kneaded eraser is useful for this masking, but it’s too elastic and not suitable for the detailed work.
Backside is this, I felt it’s spending much tape.
At first I felt the cutout is interesting and now complicated. I suppose it’s easier to copy the painting guide blowing up for masking sheet.
Thinking the efficiency of masking, first paint color light blue is better in basic color due to the masking pattern. My procedure has become very difficult.
Light Blue was dropped the saturation to mix the other two colors moderately. Now light blue is good matching with other colors in harmony.
It’s past complicated and now chaos. It’s not so easy like the spitfire camouflage pattern that I worked before.
I wonder I could blow the pattern feeling nice. There are still painting of exhaust nozzle and other details. Anyway, finally I beyond the mountain pass…..
Now I’m sticking decals and painting detailed points. After painting more of the engine nozzles then it’s completed. Oh, I forgot the rocket pods in the under right corner photo. This time it’s full armed and there are kinds of weapons.
The underside working. Engine metallic and landing gear red paint, side of the wing silver is by brush. I wonder the engine nozzle painted in silver is good, but it’s better to add darker colors.
I painted rocket pods in silver. It’s looks good after pasting 3 small decals. One pod tip’s forgot to prepare the form sharpness.
Mmmmm…, It’s a big failure. The really last process, peeled off the masking of canopy and inside looks mist over! It’s really shocked me. Considering the causes, too much adhesive used and vaporized one did the tricky things, or I splayed many times and paint mist was into through the narrow gap. Oh, What should I do? The sticky bonded canopy is not coming off easily. I think the solution a moment. This time also I was at a loss after failed.
Su-33, NATO code is Flanker D, was finally completed. The aircraft has been modified to operate the Su-27 on the carrier. Although this kit scale is 1/72, it’s too big to flame in the back screen.
If the fight one-to-one against the F-15, maybe the Flanker’s combat ability is better. However, when it is many-to-many whole system, including AWACS, advantage is the US side, I suppose.
At first, I finished to close the cockpit, but inside was covered in dust as the making comment. I poured thin adhesive into the joint of canopy little by little and peeled off, changed the canopy opened. Once again, I polished the canopy and soon it is shiny , I think the airbrush dry mist was into the cockpit through the canopy gap.
Well, the cockpit open style is also looking cool. I would like to think it’s better to be well recovered.
Flanker is especially beautiful curve from the nose to the center. Nickname is Журавлик in Russian, meaning is the crane cute name. It’s better than NATO code flanker, I feel.
Russian Navy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetzov (Адмира́л Кузнецо́в) Aircraft Ser. No.72. The eagle is trade-mark. Tricolor flag of Russia is also displayed in parallel with the red star of the Soviet Union.
Radiation mark is pasted on the side of the Radome. Radiation? I wonder the electromagnetic waves.
Silver part of the wing is bent like a hinge of the door. Stuffed on the deck of the aircraft carrier. Horizontal tail also seems bent as the molds on it.
Engine nozzles are instructed to paint three metallic colors. I didn’t struggle this paint if I splayed earlier. At first I painted the engine with bright silver, I tried detailed gradation with a brush but it’s difficult.
Painting of the engine is much room for improvement, as F-15E. Although this time I drybrushing the inside of the exhaust nozzle, it became a little more realistic.
Many detailed paintings were required on the body. It’s better to paint in lacquer-based colors same as base colors. Since the modified is easy in case of enamel used, and I think it’s no problem when washing after coated with lacquer clear. Sometimes the enamel paint melting when I washed, the coating was not perfect.
This time I set up all pylons in full weapon. Two outside were R-73 Archer missile, the inside is R-27 Alamo missile, silver are the 80mm rocket pods, four middle are the R-27 Alamo.
Rocket pods should be placed on the third pylon from outside, I mistook it. Better to replace with the R-27 Alamo missile location.
I did light washing also white missiles. I wonder real missile is new and little weathering is better. I think not used missiles in the mission or training was detached, maybe it’s cleaned by the next time.
I’m still not familiar with the timing of assembly and painting of jet planes much. But now I’m not having a resistance to the process of mixing paints and assembly.
This time also I took large pictures boldly, not afraid to show rough looking. I wonder it’s strong impression increased that the full armed style, actually it can take off from the carrier.
I took a photo with F-15E I made before. The Flanker is a little larger than Eagle.
Comparison is easier to recognize this photo. Display them required a larger space than tanks and ships, my shelves are not so wide so I keep them in my closet as a secret air base.
There was a lot of troubles and mistakes, but trial and error makes my affection for this kit. Camouflage paint was difficult, the rare blue colors pattern was very fresh sense for me. Next time aircraft kit, I would like to finish up better quality.