Sukhoi Su-27K / Su-33 "Sea Flanker" model in 1/32 scale
(conversion based on the Trumpeter kit)
The various antennas were not (yet) installed and to be left for later on. Many of the parts are not needed on a Su-33.
The naval Sea Flankers seem to have slightly different pylons for carrying the "stores" / ordnance.
The wing pylons top sections are not
open but closed. You can use the pylons of the kit with some modification.
On the wing pylons, I closed the gaps with some card. The aft section of
the pylon on some planes are also a bit simpler; I cut off the rear round
stub, but sometimes you see also pylons with the stub (so pick what you
The under fuselage pylons can be used
as supplied in the kit, but a small modification is needed at the rear
pylon as the tail hook is attached here with a fairing. This as made from
some card. (On some Naval Flankers you can also see a very large central
pylon for a very large anti-ship missile).
The outboard winges got a similar
"hinge treatment". Pylons were mounted on the outboard wing panels.
Step 38 (with
Some work is needed here as the Zactoman IRTS part can not be used straight away as on the naval Flanker this is not on the center, but right offset. I cut off the IRTS section from the Zactoman part as it would be re-used.
I first carefully marked where to
cut of the excess plastic and used scissors here. The canopy part was checked
to fit with the model. The cut edges were sanded smooth. Next, the windscreen
was separated again with scissors. As a protection measure, I taped the
clear areas on both the rear canopy and the clear windscreen, leaving only
the edges and framing to be seen.
Next, the instrument cover and surrounding areas were painted very dark gray as this would be impossible to reach after the windshield would have been fitted.
After paint drying, the windscreen was cemented on, and the edges carefully filled with putty.
The IRTS was put off set and all gaps
and the area streamlined with putty. As the clear areas were covered with
tape, the gaps below the windscreen were filled in with putty. After 30
minutes drying time, I used nailpolish
remover to smoothen things up.
Looking at various pictures, you will see many different colourschemes on also the naval Flankers. For the Su-33 a particular plane was picked found on the internet with plenty of "walk around" pictures.
XTRACOLOR has the Flankers enamel colors in their range with X601 medium blue, X602 light blue and X603 blue/grey
Spraying on takes far less time than the masking, but it is extremely important to take your time here. First, I masked off the cockpit, nose, windscreen and wheel bays. Then came in the airbrush.
Than the X601 medium blue was sprayed on. After 24 hours, the next and final masking was done, putting on the X603 blue/grey color.
But then you're not ready yet.....
On some areas you will find white antenna panels. And what about all those timy small metallic leading edges on the vertical tails, wings, stabilizer and... canards! Also the engine air intakes need an edge here.
The engine exhaust area got a mix of Humbrol aluminium "metal coat", Testor metalizer "aluminium" and the exhaust pipes themselves also a coat of Testor metailzer "titanium". Yep, it's all in the masking.
The inner surfaces of the gear doors got a coat of bright red (not yet seen in the pictures).
Overall it took about four days and 20 "working hours" to apply the colours. The end-result was quite OK I guess, so the work was worth the effort. The Sea Flanker came to life with it's colours on and looks a bit like a lizard with those typical Flanker colours.
I used good pictures to copy the patterns
in a picture editing program, sized it to the correct dimensions and printed
the patterns onto Bare Metal foil sheets:
1 sheet of CLEAR inktjet decal paper and 1 sheet of White inktjet decal
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