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Revell 1/72 SU-33 Flanker D
Topic Started: Aug 8 2018, 04:30 PM (39 Views)
Mark M
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Su-33 Flanker D
1/72 Scale

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The Sukhoi Su-33 (Russian: Сухой Су-33; NATO reporting name: Flanker-D) is an all-weather carrier-based twin-engine air superiority fighter designed by Sukhoiand manufactured by Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association, derived from the Su-27 and initially known as the Su-27K. Compared with the Su-27, the Su-33 has a strengthened undercarriage and structure, folding wings and stabilators, all for carrier operations. The Su-33 has canards and its wings are larger than the Su-27 for increased lift. The Su-33 has upgraded engines and a twin nose wheel, and is air refuelable.

First used in operations in 1995 aboard the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, the fighter officially entered service in August 1998, by which time the designation "Su-33" was used. Following the break-up of the Soviet Union and the subsequent downsizing of the Russian Navy, only 24 aircraft were produced. Attempted sales to China and India fell through. With plans to retire the Su-33 once they reach the end of their service life, the Russian Navy ordered the MiG-29K as a replacement in 2009.

The Kit

This again is a re-boxing this time of the Zvezda kit released in 2016, that kit was subsequently re-box by Academy and now by Revell. The kit is recognised by Flanker fans as the best on the market in 1/72 scale and is noted for its accurate curves. However it is also noted for the lack or rivets, but in my humble opinion i doubt you’d see them in 1/72 anyway

The Plastic

This is a crisp grey plastic, which has very fine detail, the main fuselage consist of 2 parts both on separate sprue’s limiting the amount of seams, there are also plenty of options (a rarity in a 1/72 kit) for example, the main wings can be modelled folded for carrier deck or in flying configuration, and options for flaps and ailerons
The clear parts a thin and free from any distortions
There are also 2 crew in the kit one seated for flying and one standing besides

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The decals are printed in Italy and are in perfect register and sharp colour definition.
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The instructions are in full colour and detail the construction of the kit through 83 stages, however many of there are for the painting and decaling (and there are a lot of decals for a 1/72 kit)

There are 2 schemes included in the kit

• Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker-D - 78 Red - 279th KIAP (1st Squadron) Admiral Kuznetsov - Russian Navy 2017
• Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker-D - 86 Red - 279th KIAP (2nd Squadron) Admiral Kuznetsov - Russian Navy 2010

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This is another re-pop of a very nice kit, Russian aircraft are not my speciality and i was really astonished how bit this is for the scale. Revell give you a large list of paints that require mixing for these Russian colours, so id advice investing in the AKAN or Hakata Russian paint sets to avoid the hassle
Review sample courtesy of Revell.

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Lt. Derek 'Smurfy' Reeve
Another nice review Mark, thanks.
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