Berkoot model in 1/72 scale made by Meindert de Vreeze
The Sukhoi Su-37 Berkoot is a modern russian prototype of a fighter with forward swept wings. It's concept resembles that of the Grumman X-29, but it is much larger.
It was designed long after the cold war as a privat demonstrator by the Sukhoi company for the Russian AF.
|As no kit existed at the time , it
was necessary to scratch built this model. End 2001, Italeri / Zvezda issued
a new model, but OK, my model is in my collection for over 4 years. Check
out the Italeri kit here....
I had no accurate drawings at the
time, so the only available sketches and available pictures were used to
make a 1/72 scale drawing.
|.||The model was made by using a Sukhoi
Sea Flanker kit of Italeri with fueltanks in 1/32 scale of a F-4 Phantom!
And obviously with card and a lot, a lot of body putty.
The fueltanks came on handy to make
the lower fuselage with the rounded intakes.
The canopy can be used as well as some undercarriage parts. The model was detailed with the cockpit opened and adding the ejection seat.
The canard can also be used
|The tailcone requires as a basis
droptanks from the spare box.
The Berkoot prototype has a real blue-blackish finish, so the model was sprayed in that colour with white radome. Add the yellow and white leading edges and the stars came from the Flanker kit and spare box.
And there she is!!
Yep, The Italeri kit arrived... check out here
|Back to Soviet models.......||References:
- Air international vol 54, page 119
- Flight international, no 4599
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|Created January 26, 2001|