Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" family


Flanker model in 1/72 scale

The Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker is a very advanced fighter aircraft developed in the Soviet Union. Nowadays, it flies at various airforces around the world and hundreds have been produced.

The Flankers has appeared in various variants, including "sea" variants for carrier operations, modernized cockpit versions and thrust vectoring!

 




Italeri, Heller/Airfix and Hasegawa have issued several kits.
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Hasegawa issued a Su-27 Flanker kit #51570 in and at that time in 1990 it seemed these kits most accurate in outline. 

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The kit was issued in 1992 with colourful Russian Knights demo decals and some smaller metal parts. (and also later in various other boxes).

It was build straight from the box using the decals as well. Much painting was also required.  

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The Italeri kit (No. 187) of the Su-27 Flanker is also build.
italeri su-27 187

It can build straight from the box.
This model was finished in a typical Ukrainian colourscheme that was derived from pictures. 

The decals for the National markings came from a spare Su-22 sheet of High Decal Line, set 72-033.

The colours were derived from pictures as no accurate colour info was found at the time in 2001.

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After the collapse of the Soviet Union and fall of the Iron Curtain, Ukraine became independent in 1991. Many combat and transport aircraft were left and exchanged with some 250 aircraft. The TU-160 was available as long range bomber with also SU-24 "Fencers". Some Su-27 "Flankers" were also used and given Ukrainian markings amongst MiG-25, MiG-23 and Su-15. Relations with Russia were still good under the governments at that time and also the Antonov company still got orders (plants were based in Ukraine). Finances were limited and many aircraft were put out of service the next years.  
Current situation has dramatically changed with serious border conflicts with Russia which also occupied Crimia and the eastern Donbass areas of the Ukraine with local war lords.

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Note: ZVEZDA released some nice Su-27 kits, with in 2014 a complete new accurate mould (to be made in the future)


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References:
- Air international 
Flanker:  vol 35, page 70/ vol 39, page 205
Platipus: vol 54, page 185
- various others....
- Sukhoi Flanker, Concord publications
- Sukhoi Flanker, Lock-on , Verlinden
 

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Created this page January 2001; updated August 2017