The SU-27 was developed in the early 1970s as a response to the American F-15 Eagle. The Su-27 had a protracted development cycle which necessitated extensive redesign when it was determined that the initial design was going to be inferior to the F-15. When it entered service in the late 1980s, the SU-27 was the best fighter aircraft in the world. The UB version was developed as a conversion trainer to allow pilots to transition into this complex and demanding aircraft. The UB retained full combat capability, something few two seat fighter trainer versions have. Later it was discovered that the 2 crew members could compliment each other in the air combat environment, and a dedicated 2 seat family of Flanker derivatives has been developed as the SU-30 and -35 versions. The SU-27 serves the Air Forces of Russia and many former Soviet bloc nations, and has had considerable export success in African nations and other Third World countries.
The blister package reminds me of Aries sets. There is a large blister the resin parts are securely packed in, plus a smaller one for the brass fret.
The kit offers two main wheels and a nose wheel, none of which suffer from unrealistic bulging, the main wheel disc brakes, nosewheel mudguard, main strut oleo scissors and 4 Russian style wheel chocks. The oleo scissors and brake drums will be the most difficult to remove from their pour stubs. Care must be taken not to damage them.
The brass fret holds the bases of the chocks, small details for the main wheel hubs and struts, and details for the mudguard.
A set of self adhesive masks for the wheel hubs rounds out this kit.
This sinple set will definitely dress up any 1/48 Flanker kit.
Fairy Hobby Su-27 Canopies
This kit was kindly provided for review by Eduard.
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