This time, I will try to make a modern Russian military fighter for the first time in a while. It was released by Academy a long time ago. I started making it a long time ago and threw it away on the way. I’ll try to make it to the end this time.
Oh! When I open the box, suddenly there are upper and lower parts of the aircraft. How exciting. This kit is sold with additional parts for Su-30 in the Su-27 kit. According to the instruction manual, it seems difficult to handle many things. Since the shape of the vertical tail is different, the Wolfpack remodeling kit is recommended.
I wonder if the modified mold version is a modification of the wrong part of the Su-30MK or an improvement of the details around the cockpit from the Su -27. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about it as I’m not a Flanker expert or familiar with current jets. But it says that the upper end of the vertical stabilizer should be cut and the different parts should be attached. Also, the Su-30MK does not have a canard, but the export model to the Indian Air Force is a different type. If I compare it to the AFV, the German Type IV tank has a lot of differences between Type D and Type G. The Franker family is complicated because there are many variants.
In other words, the upper end of the vertical stabilizer is lowered diagonally backward in the case of Su-27 and Su-30, but the shape of Su-30MK is not so lowered. Rather, the top of the vertical stabilizer is horizontal. The size of the rudder of the vertical tail seems to be bigger. Well… just move my hand to see if I can finish it.
When I make it, the assembly instruction manual seems very simple. However, most of the parts need to be glued together and military equipment such as missiles are attached, so there are many detailed works.
There was no mention of ballast in the manual. However, while it is still being made, it seems to be heavy in the back when I balance in the middle. Just in case, I will put about 2 fishing weights in the radome.
I went ahead without understanding the assembly manual properly and made a mistake. The lid of the refueling probe was the only unnecessary part, but I forgot to glue the frame to fix the part from the inside. I was quite shocked because I had already fixed the radome and cleaned the joint. The hole where the refueling probe fits was completely black, and when I looked at it, I felt completely dark. I wonder if there is no option to fold the radome again and insert the parts, considering the time and effort after that. There is nothing I can do about it, so I shaved the outside of the parts with a luter so that they fit as tightly as possible, and supported from the inside with unnecessary parts so as not to fall inside. I have to calm down and read the instructions carefully. I haven’t made many Russian modern jets, so it’s even more so. Maybe I can make something like Dragon Panzerkampfwagen IV without looking at the instruction manual.
I don’t know where to start, so I assemble small parts and paint them before painting the whole body. When I use this color for landing gear and tire wheels, I feel like I’m assembling a Russian aircraft.
I don’t remember much because I stopped working for a long time on the way, but I think I was trying to glue the canopy to the main body with transparent resin. In the end, it didn’t have good adhesive strength, so it should have been fixed with a Creos pouring adhesive.
I am pasting various small decals. Even so, the number of decals may be less than the current kits. It’s rather simple.
The decal of the silver part next to the cockpit was also prepared, but I masked it and painted it separately. If I used this decal, I could use it without any trouble.
The Su-30 was developed based on the Su-27UB, which was a trainer and fighter. It is equipped with a powerful radar as an air defense fighter. In addition, it has expanded its function as a fighter-bomber.
The Su-30M is a multi-purpose tactical fighter, and it has a letter K attached to it, which is for export. For example, if it is followed by MKI or MKM, there are various specifications for India and Malaysia.
I did some weathering to wash the whole surface and make the paint a little peeled off. If I think about it, it might be a demonstration plane at an air show, so maybe I don’t need to make it so dirty. In the end, I painted it as I wanted.
According to the assembly manual of the Academy, there wasn’t much detailed instruction for painting. A 1/72 Hasegawa kit gives more detailed instructions. In addition, if it is a photograph like a completed sample, it seems to be painted to a very fine part. In that case, wouldn’t it be nicer for the modeler to write it down in the manual?
As far as I can see, I painted the fine details. I had an impression that it was somewhat flat when I just painted it and put a decal on it, but I think that I improved the precision by putting a little more detail on the panel line and making it stand out. If I don’t do the surface treatment properly, I will have a hard time in the end. I know, but it is quite difficult.
Do they fly in full armaments even in demonstration flights? This time, I loaded a lot of air-to-air missiles. The Kh-31 AS-17 Krypton medium-range air-to-ship missiles directly below the air-intake, the R-27 AA-10 Alamo medium-range air-to-air missiles, the R-77, and AA-12 Adder medium-range air-to-air missiles, and the R-73 AA-11 Archer short-range air-to-air missiles.
The inside of the landing gear cover was painted in red, the wheel compartment was painted in gal gray, and the inside of the air intake was painted in light gray. Other than red, it is a personal feeling.
Also, it’s hard to keep concentration until the end. As for this kit, I stopped making it for a while and ran to other kits, so it was hard to get the feeling when I made it again. At first, it was big and difficult to handle, so I was worried if it would be completed. It seemed big, a powerful kit.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.