Su-27UB Ukrainian Flanker Twin Seater pt.2DN Models
Once finished with the building itself and all the troubles I’ve encountered, I needed to make the painting realistic as much as possible.
There are no good quality pictures of this particular aircraft, and if there are some, they are off color. The one I showed in Part 1 of this article is the best possible. At least it is close in colors. I have seen few Ukrainian flankers in person since 1995 and I can tell that for sure.
In order to make it look more “Ukrainian” I needed to make it look clean, but
worn. So good pre-shading is required. Actually, the best shading for aircraft is not using pre- or post-shading techniques with airbrush, but do it with enamels. Trust me, being around aircraft all my life, for a military plane, this is the way to go. However, since I was scared of ruin the camouflage, I decided to do the shading before, and not after.
|First one color, then masking, then another paint and so on.|
Actually, one of my colors is a bit off. The pale blue gotta be more blueish than it is. But anyway, its the closes one I’ve ever managed to create.
|Sunny weather always helps to tell the true colors|
After the camouflage is completed I stepped in a whole new universe with the Aires Nozzles. Trumpeter made their nozzles with errors, and in order to be good looking, the model need new ones, or one week homework with the Trumpi ones.
|Gun area is bare metal…|
|…as well as the engines and…|
That was all done with Alclad2 paints, and in order to do it, I stripped most of the camouflage with very fine sand paper so to prepare the area for Alclads. They are prettiest-looking metal paints but you definitely need to know what are you doing.
|blue shades of Alclad2 transparent paint|
Without my friend Olivier’s help, I wouldn’t have done it. He is the greatest aircraft modeler I know, and again, A BIG Thank you, Olivier!