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Outflanked : 1/48th Academy Su-27B Zhurovlik (Flanker)

Updated: Jun 29

The 1993 new tool release of this Flanker got a lot of attention. Modelers were generally happy with the surface detail and shape of the kit, but some critiqued the lack of details in the cockpit, the after-burners, nose shape and the tires.

Notable Kit Features:

  • Raised instrument panel and console detail

  • Poor Ejection seat

  • Finely scribed recessed panel lines

  • Photo-etched stainless steel anti-FOD intake grilles and cockpit mirrors

  • Separate control surfaces

  • Detailed landing gear

  • PVC tires and separate plastic hubs

  • Optional position speed brake

  • Relatively low parts count and simple build for such a large aircraft

Build Inspiration:

After the 1989 Paris Air Show performance of the "Cobra" maneuver was made by a Su-27, aviation enthusiasts were all impressed with the capabilities of this large, and obviously agile, fighter. If that wasn't enough to hook you on a build, the elegant shape and camouflage variations should soon win you over.

Heads-Up Report:

  • Pronounced center seam running the full length of canopy and windscreen (which really needs to be removed and this intimidates a lot of model makers) The canopy shape is a bit off as well so you could replace it with Fairy FRH48005 and be done

  • Poor Ejection seat

  • Cockpit details have been critiqued (Wolfpack have replacement sets if desired WP48100)

  • Nose cone shape has been critiqued (Pisco Models No. PS 48001 produced replacement if desired)

  • Wheel wells lack detail (again replacement sets are available if desired or you can add details)

  • Some filler needed, especially just behind the nose cone and below the vertical tails

  • Armament is rated so-so

Kit Additions / Modifications:

  • Replaced Ejection seat

End Result:

In hindsight I should have spent more time on weathering the paint finish as well as metal engine sections, but back then I was producing cleaner versions builds. Camouflage paint colours were FS 25450 / 25526 / 25550. This is a big kit on the shelf so with so many different markings to choose from you may have to limit yourself to just a few of this series :)

The After-Build Report:

Eduard produced a refined version of this kit adding their aftermarket parts to this base and releasing it . Now we have the more recent Academy release of this kit, plus Hobbyboss, Kitty Hawk and Great Wall Hobby as well as others to choose from. So the choice will be one of budget vs. accuracy and features desired.

Completed build #125 - July 2010 using the 1/48th scale Academy #FA111 2131 kit.

Feel free to comment or ask any questions - Keep on building, gain experience, challenge yourself if you like, but try not to stress yourself out over the build - it is suppose to be an enjoyable hobby after all - Cheers

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