Su-27UB Ukrainian Flanker Twin Seater pt.1

This is a project that I started in 2010 and finished in 2011. It took me something like 60 working days, but it was mostly around X-mas holidays and those 60 days were not straight but within 3 months.
The project itself was is and eventually will be /for me/ an ambitious one, since it is hard in terms of painting, transporting, and keeping safe even on the shelf. Anyway, without further explanation, I will try to describe here what I’ve done and how I’ve done it, and I hope you will like it, and eventually try one for yourself!

The kit that I got was Trumpeter 1/32 Su-27UB Twin Seater Flanker-C. Flanker-C is a
trainer version, and if you might wonder why I chose this particular version, I will answer like that:

Click here!

This is the single most amazing photo of one of the coolest looking jet fighters in the World. Typically, I am not an admirer of anything Russian, just the contrary. But I have had several interactions with Su-27 family around the World and I believe that even though soviet jets are somehow unrefined and are lacking vital stuff /for an aircraft/ this one stands out. The kit is not the best either. It has some errors to be corrected and some instructions tricks which I will point out later in the article.
To get it more accurately done I got for it Eduard PE cockpit and masks, Quickboost ejections seats, Aires nozzles, Begemot stenicils set and LindenHill Decals. At a later stage I realized two things: I needed resin weighted wheels and resin cockpit.
Eduard cockpit color is not accurate at all. Neither do the final effect of finished cockpit worth the efforts. Its some kind of childish looking, and seems to lack the 3D appearance. The last is obvious since it is PE and not resin, but having in mind the scale it is even more annoying.

The wheels are OK, but they are originally rubber ones, and hard too, so once build it stays with more tension then needed.
Few pictures of the process:

Flaps can be movable. I tend to avoid movable parts though.
This is completely hidden, so it was a waste of time to paint and weather it. Anyway…
Rims looks like they were driven through the sidewalk.
And on many soviet planes they are looking exactly like that.

Quickboost seats are very high quality. I recommend them to anyone who wants resin in the cockpit. They look pretty much 100% accurate and scaled down properly. I love to paint with airbrush and with resin is better to do most of the things with brush, but it all depends on each one’s personal preferences.

There are two big problems that I’ve encountered while working on that plane. The first one is the wings attachment and the second is the intakes parts attachment.
The wings are showed to be attached first one to another /upper-lower part/ and then to the body. Or it was the other way round? I don’t remember. However, the instructions should not be followed. I believe it was firstly attach upper part of the wing to the upper body, and then continue with adjusting rest of the parts one to another. What are you gonna do? Trumpeter…
The other problem for me were the intakes. There are aftermarket intakes but I didn’t bothered with them. I think Zactoman does that, and as all of his stuff, they are amazing, but not for me, at least not this time.
I have used ton of putty and another ton of super glue to fix all the troubles there, plus I spent two days rescribing all of the rivets, and thank you Radu for your tool!
In the end? Jury of four, and I mean IPMS contest didn’t managed to find any troubles with the intakes! Ha!

For the rest you can check out:

Part 2


Part 3