Trumpeter 1/32 Su-27 Flanker, "Red 01" Cobra

By Daniel Sahling

I wanted to show my latest work, the venerable 1/32 Su-27 Flanker from Trumpeter. After almost 6 months it's finally done! I had sworn off "kitchen sink" builds for a while, but over time I was able to get hold of the Zactoman Su-27 Nose, intakes, missile pylons, and AA-11 and AA-10 missiles (unfortunately the Zactoman canopy set was OOP at the time and I couldn't find it anywhere), Eduard internal and external photo etch, Aires cockpit and burner cans, various little bits of scratch building, Mr. Color paints, as well the extraordinarily rare Linden Hill "Flankers on Patrol" decals from a very kind friend here on ARC. Another equally kind friend supplied lent me the help of AMAZING reference photos.

The Trumpeter kit is a very large and impressive take on the Flanker, all the aftermarket fit really well, the only tough area was attaching the Zactoman resin nose, (while its not perfect I did a better job with it this time around, and there's only a small step that is hardly noticeable at all, so I'm happy with it). I love this particular camouflage scheme on this Baltic Sea based Flanker, it's really eye-catching and unique. Not to mention very fun to do this camouflage scheme, if anyone would like to know more about how I did the airbrushing I'd be more than happy to talk about it. Weathering was a mix of fading paint, oil washes, streaks & grime, some of you may notice what appears to be spilled paint on the right upper fuselage, this was no mistake, some actual paint did get spilled on this particular plane in real life and I wanted to replicate it for a truly unique aircraft.

© Daniel Sahling 2016

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This article was published on Saturday, April 23 2016; Last modified on Saturday, April 23 2016