Because I usually make only a kit by Tamiya and Hasegawa, this kit is tough. I wonder it’s easier class in the kit of Eastern European manufacturers? The Su-7 original mold of the SMER is KP, Kopro, it’s also from the original OEZ. It is worth to challenge once.
Well, the assembly is begun around this summer, and it’s difficult and was given up on the way. I’m making the F-100, and I’m stimulated by the coolness of the silver body, now I try this Su-7 again. A painting example of the Polish Air Force is silver, so I suppose to choose it.
The total length of the fuselage is quite large. About 35cm. I assemble the cockpit and weapon set as it seems not so difficult parts. Plastic is very soft.
By storing the plate weight to the front to ensure the back doesn’t fall to the ground. The recommendation is 10g. I have packed it with 15g. In fact, it sounds a little rattle-rattle in the corn now. I should have used the instant adhesive or epoxy putty.
I had an impression, it’s hard to assemble a little around this process. But, still I’m making it in comfort while singing.
SMER’s painting instruction indicates only the numbers of Humbrol enamel, I selected Mr. Color No.74 air superiority blue for the cockpit, the top of the Su-7 is Russian green No.135 based on my sense and actual airplane photographs.
Recently, I went to a hot spring trip at Nishi-Izu Heda Onsen (hot spring) with my wife, staying sea side view hotel “ISABA”. I think it’s a kind of luxury Japanese-style hotel. There was a small hot spring in the each room, in addition, there are chartered four private hot springs. The view of the sea from the room was particular. Breakfast and dinner were elaborating ideas and were very good seafoods and beef in Japan. Anyway, general Japanese loves hot springs.
This Suchoj is in progress. The fixed positions of some parts are difficult to decide, the cockpit building in the fuselage needs carefulness. The parts of the jet engine have bad precision. I wonder the main wing and the body joint is OK or not…..
It is very complicated when I look at the cockpit of the actual plane’s inside. I drew small parts at the best possible I could, and the seatbelt is by myself. The parts of the third party have better result like the F-100 which I built last time. I think that it is better than nothing. There is a gap of right and left.
Now filling the gap and fairing the surface by the polyester putty. I’d like to make the rough shape soon.
The detail of the cockpit is nice mold. I was very worried whether the inner panel could be fit inside of the body. There seems to be little risk to assemble the inner parts one by one carefully than the cockpit parts building together all at once like this instruction. For me, I assembled it with caution, but a lot of problems occurred.
I was at a loss for a while without knowing how the landing gear jointed with the body. And it’s a back burner. There are many large gaps here and there, did I make a mistake? Even if the left and right are made reverse, it’s mostly the same.
When I was going to eat fried chicken of KFC with my wife for Christmas, they did only the delivery of the party barrel on that day. There is a lot in the very front that is not sold when I want to eat it. There is a quite hard thing. Therefore, I have eaten because it was open commonly today. I assembled it roughly as this photo.
In order to best position, the tail plane is fixed with the masking tape.
A worrisome gap is being filled with putty. I’m not worrying about a gap any more gradually.
Because a gap occurs at the joint of the main wing, the tail assembly, a vertical tail, every connection part including the pylon, I make full use of polyester putty and light indurating putty and bury many gaps.
A cockpit and a body fit fairly. Still about 0.5 mm of a gap, so a fitting is raised temporarily with light indurating putty. I hope the fitting will be good until the end.
Attaching small parts of the body in various ways. There are many small parts on the body undersurface.
There were some small parts on the top surface, I attached them. It is equipped with 30mm machine gun x 2 at the root of the main wing.
I attached the tube-formed metal wire for the brake pipes to the landing gear. But, in the structure of Su-7, I think almost invisible when I finished.
The belly tanks and UB-16 57mm rocket launcher, other accessories are completed.
Because the cockpit panel did not fit in well, I cut it partly and adjusted it. The mold is good.
I repainted the cockpit inside.
A cockpit frame was painted in the inside color. I try to use the Pitmulti regardless of the previous failure, this glue is convenient for temporary attaching when it is jointed after drying.
I used Mr. color, a super metallic super iron. It is a somewhat dignified impression than Super Stainless steel. Yes, … that as you see I forgot the installment of the cockpit panel. The adhesion of the canopy was temporary and I was saved.
This is the sink marks of the landing gear hangar effect of the top surface that I pretended not to notice intentionally so far. After blowing silver, as I expected, these marks stand out more. I make modifications as far as I can do it.
I piled the putty and filed it, and the other points were also adjusted at the same time. Oh, I should have worked properly from the beginning.
The decals attached to the kit are thin, soft and delicate. The color is good and fit on the body. I think white is a little thin.
The forgotten front panel is built into the cockpit, I was relieved.
Sukhoi Su-7, in Russian Cy-7, this is a strike fighter of the former Soviet Union produced at the end of 1950s. The rival is F-100 which I made the other day? The pencil-shaped straight line body similar to F-104.
The bomb loading capability was low, it had the high fuel consumption by low speed, but the mobility and stability at a low altitude seem to have been good.
It was a difficult assembling kit. My target changed to “Anyway complete this kit” from “let’s make it neatly” in the half way.
There are so many small decals, it’s hard to stick them all. I think an appearance improved while I put them on the on color silver body.
I remember the trouble time of the first stage white scattered parts group when it’s completed.
After inking, the glossy body was a little bit tone down and it looks the aircraft actually operated.
I thought whether the outside of the jet engine nozzle was burnt by heat and discolored some metal plates.
Picture taking is difficult for the one as a slender fuselage like a warship, isn’t it?
Su-7 BKL has the landing gear that can be used in rough terrain airport. Next to the wheel,there are shock absorbers like sled.
It was corrected with putty, but completion is rough, isn’t it? I have to work more carefully.
Painting of reflective prevention of dark gray in front of the cockpit is a subtle curved line, so the free-hand brush drawing was difficult. I wish manufacturer made such a part with decal. Maybe I had better to have a curve ruler for the future working. I noticed Tamiya released the masking tape to the curved surface. I’ll prepare it later.
It is good that the canopy and fuselage joint tightly, but it looks like welded and bad looking. Well, I could keep the clarity of the canopy this time, so it was good.
Because the landing gear pole of the nose did not fit in well, I poured the superglue and ordinary bond, fixed it by the height that looked good. Possibly I had overlooked a manual somewhere.
Many small decals on the underside.
The clear parts are being used here and there.
When Su-7 was not installed a weight in the front part, the rear falls down. I put a weight generously this time.
I painted the ladder in orange and displayed it together.
The loading equipment is Belly tank, UB-16 57mm rocket launcher and it looks air-to-air missiles outward, or is it a bomb?
Compare to the price when I bought it in the summer, it falls down very much now. Isn’t it popular very much? When it’ll be made, it’s a cool body.
This 1/48 scale Su-7 looks powerful as same as the F-100 I built before. It looks very good when I see it at a distance of around 50cm, since the roughness can seldom be seen… Even if it works more, fine parts are damaged, I completed by this level. Well, be also a box of SU-17 of SMER in my hand. I withhold it for the time being.