Sukhoi Su-27K / Su-33 "Sea Flanker" model in 1/32 scale
(conversion based on the Trumpeter kit)
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Next mod for naval Sea Flanker Su-33 only
The LEX and canard needs to be made from card and the forward fuselage section should get some adjustments to get a good fit. I cut open a slot on both right and left sides to accept some sort of glue support root. Also, a section of the fuselage at the slat area had to be removed.
The canard and LEX were shaped from card and sanded. The shape and sizes were based on good scale drawings. The canards are separate parts, and a small hole was drilled to accept later on a metal pin as a rotation point.
Adding this modification turned out not to be very difficult.
In addition, the wing may be folded. I decided to go for this interesting folding option also. (You see even parked Sea Flankers with full pylons and "stores" still attached).
Making the wing
larger is best done first now by using thick card for inserting tapered
sections at the chords. This is better done at different chord % positions
at the upper and lower wing parts A1 & A4 resp. B1 and B4. You get
a stronger wing than.
The extended chord is straight tapered and is 1/32 scale 9 mm at the root section and 6 mm at the tip section. This was double checked with the drawings obtained from the internet.
were cut with a razorsaw along the span, the cuts sanded and the tapered
plastic card sections made to fit.
change was adding the outboard aileron/flaperon, which is present on the
naval Sea Flankers. Always when the wings are folded, the flaperons droop
"up" in order to make room for the vertical tails! Look at pictures and
you'll see what is needed.
As the wing would be folded, another chordwise cut was made at the appropriate point for the Su-33 (looking at the scale drawings). The hinge line is outboard and next to the inboard pylon station.
Similar cuts were made at the tapered plastic insert sections of card. You have a lot of parts now! Give them a number to avoid confusion.
into the wing parts but do not forget to leave some room in order to add
later on a metal folded spar to fix the wing too. Next, all wing parts
were glued on flat surfaces and let to dry.
Some putty and sanding was obviously required. Also, some adjustments to panellines were made, some rivet details inscribed. The basic wings are now ready.
The wings take quite some work, but are a very prominent modifications obviously to get a correct Sea Flanker.
I did not use Trumpeter's solution of rods and metal hinges for the movable surfaces... not needed and it does not really work.
Please note that the rear inboard trailing edge flaps are double flaps and that they also droop "reverse up" on a parked aircraft. The rib -gaps in the flaps were filled with card and putty and smoothed. Small weight saving holes were also drilled in.
slats at the canted outboard wing sections are always in a "reverse up"
position on parked aircraft and the inboard slats always droop down as
there is then no hydraulic pressure.
that the drooped trailing edge surfaces were glued and the gaps filled
to get a smooth result. Later on, the with a Olfa
p-cutter the hinge lines were inscribed.
Also, (for the Su-33 only) I engraved on the upper surface between the engine fairings 2 extra grids (I suppose that these are cooling vents).
of the fuselage, set aside for lots of drying time.
Note that the
larger wing also requires 2 small rear trailing edge sections at the fuselage
- wing root area from card.
The whole main fuselage assembly was
now checked, filled and sanded before the nose was to added.
The maingear-strut fairings parts #28 + d21 are not correct for a Sea Flanker, these fairings are longer than on land based planes. Overall length of a fairing is about 8 cm.
As the Alamo
missiles as in the kit are inaccurate anyway, I used the forward nose sections
of the missiles parts G3,G4 to make the longer fairings. A
slot was also made. The fairing was blended in with some white glue.
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