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Sukhoi Su-17 series developed from the fixed wing Su-7 – the latter having poor low speed handling and the variable sweep wing on the -17 series improved this dramatically. First versions of Su-17 entered Soviet Air Force in 1970 and thus becoming the first swing-wing aircraft in Soviet inventory. The ground-pounder became very popular and was exported to many countries and saw combat action all around the globe. Several countries still use the type today, including Poland and Peru.

Su-17M3 evolved from the revised Su-17UM twin-seater, but instead of the second cockpit, it carries another fuel tank and some additional electronics in the enlarged hump. Doppler radar from the M2 was moved internally, air-to-air missile pylons were added under the wings and laser rangefinder/designator installed in the nose cone. Production of this variant lasted from 1976 until 1980 and almost a 1.000 were built.

Unfortunately I have not found a lot of information regarding Azeri Fitters. I would assume they remained in Azerbaijan after the collapse of Soviet Union in late 1991. The four aircraft were sent in 2003 to Ukraine for overhaul but have seen little use upon returning to their home base and were put into reserve.

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The kit

I have to admit, I love the Fitter family – not matter if it’s a fixed wing Su-7 or the swing wing -17, they have this kind of purposeful and powerful image to them that attracts me to them like moth to a flame. I guess part of this fascination comes from the fact, that I did take care of a museum Su-7 for a couple of years. So, when I’ve seen Modelsvit started expanding their -17 range, I was more than thrilled. Getting the kit, it struck me, as how much this small short-run company has advanced in just a few years. When I built their Su-7BM a few years back, I was really excited, as it was a new tool, fit well and looked great! I have to say that this new kit sets the quality bar really high – not just for short-run kits but injected moulded kits in any scale!

The level of detail in this kit is better than in 1:48 KittyHawk and HobbyBoss Su-17 kits! Just check the in-progress post! The fit is really good throught and the only problem that I’ve had were main wing fences (again check the in progress post) and even they were sorted out with some patience. And that’s not all – Modelsvit include a thin foil masks in the kit (for both inside and outside of transparencies plus doppler radar, gun blast areas,…) and a small photo-etched fret which includes counter-measures dispensers and several antennas and aerials. There are also options to pose airbrakes open or closed and the canopy comes in single part for closed option or divided into windshield and canopy for open position. Marking options include several Soviet Air Force machines that fought in the Afghanistan war in 1980’s. While I initially planned to build one of those war horses, I’ve stumbled upon a photo of Azerbaijani M3 with a striking splinter camouflage and upon finding Linden Hill decals for it, the decision was easy. I also chose to replace the plastic/PE combo of complicated pitot tube with new Master Model pitot tubes, which really improve the overall look of the model.

Step-by-step build: https://vvsmodelling.com/2017/12/06/modelsvit-172-su-17m3-fitter-h-build-article/

If you like Fitters, Soviet aircraft, or if you’re just looking for a first foray into the world of short-run models, I can’t say anything else but – GO FOR THIS KIT! You won’t be disappointed!

Model Data
Company: Modelsvit
Scale: 1:72
Aftermarket: Master Model brass pitots, Linden Hill Azerbaijani decals
Paints used: Mr.Paint (MRP-197 Su-27/33 Light Blue Grey, Tan (Mix of MRP-167 Light Earth and MRP-214 Yellow Brown), MRP-166 Chestnut Brown, Dark Green (mixMRP-32 Green for Wheels and MRP-5 Basic Black), MRP–246 Light Arctic Grey, MRP-32 Green for Wheels, MRP-195 Sukhoi Cockpit Blue)
Alclad (ALC-103 Dark Aluminum, ALC-111 Magnesium, ALC-116 Semi Matt Aluminum, ALC-123 Exhaust Manifold, ALC-413 Hotmetal Blue)

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SVM 2015

30th May, 2015 – Kranj, Slovenia

 

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After several years SVM (Svet v malem – “world in miniature”) has shrank from two to one day event. It still remains a very nice competition and exhibition of scale modelling and other similar hobbies, like RC modelling, train modelling and such. Participation was not the best, to be honest, yet international participation remains quite strong, especially from Croatia and Serbia.

Although I generally don’t compete, I made an exception and supported this local competition (10mins of drive away from my home) in Kranj, Slovenia and entered the recently completed Eduard’s MiG-15bis to win bronze medal in 1:72 jet category.

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Trumpter 1:72 UB kit, converted to UBM2, Linden Hill decals

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Model to be published in Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine

28th January 2013

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Finally some progress that shows! Both MiGs were first coated with Alclad Aqua Gloss (GREAT STUFF!), and got decalled later. Not a lot of decals thankfully so a job quickly done. Only black border lines for the orange areas gave me some work, but luckily decals performed well. I masked the metal areas on the Flanker and attached the ventral and tail fins. I used Mr Surfacer to fill the little crevices around canopy and tail fins and will hopefully prepare it for primer by the end of the week.

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I just talked to a friend via Skype and he ignited a spark in me to build the MiG-31. This massive Russian interceptor was the first aircraft in the world to feature a modern AESA radar and has successfully intercepted SR-71s over flying the Russia without their pilots knowing how close to a shoot down they were. Interceptors were controlled by GCI (Ground Control Intercept radarists) and thus not giving their presence away, came to as close as 6km lateral and 2km vertical to the famed American spy plane. It was the Swedes, who monitored these intercepts, who told the US what they were observing with each Blackbird flight and the result was cancellation of Blackbird ops over the Russian European part and early retirement of the SR-71. I have to MiG-31 kits in my stash and a beautiful Begemot sheet to go with them and I am wondering why not? The only obstacle at this moment is the vast number of review samples I HAVE to build first. Well hopefully there will be a break in the schedule to squeeze one Foxhound in. I took the above photo at MAKS 2011, in Zhukovski.

Here’s also an interesting movie about the young Russian pilots training to be the Foxhound pilots – a position once reserved only for most experienced VVS pilots.

 

24th January 2013

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I love the smell of Alclad in the morning 😀 or was it napalm? Doesn’t matter really as the work was done actually last evening. 4 Alclad shades, one ModelMaster metalizer and the result is NMF bussiness end of Flanker’s mighty Saturn AL-31F engines. Anyhow the whole process was documented step by step and will be hopefully published in the Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine article. While I was at it, MiG-21s also got the exhausts painted and Steel was used for R-27 ‘Alamo’ fins – many modellers mistakenly paint them with black colour, which is incorrect.

21st January 2013

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Have you ever had that feeling, that you were working for hours but had nothing to show? It strike me today as I was modelling almost every day since my last post, yet not a lot can be shown, really. Slovak MiG finally got camouflage; I hope this time without any problems – truth will be revealed tomorrow evening. Also orange identification panels were painted on the Egyptian Fishbed. If everything is well with these two builds after unmasking them, they will get exhaust metal parts painted… If there’s enough time, maybe even the green dielectric panels. Flanker is also scheduled for tomorrow’s Alclad session – can’t wait for it. If you look closely at the photo (clicking on it will enlarge it a bit as well), you’ll see quite some ordnance on my table – 2x R-27R, 4x R-73, 2x KAB-500KR and 2x Kh-29T for the UBM2… Since I don’t have a Lightening pod at home and I didn’t receive any reply from Dr.Pepper’s resin, I was forced to order Hasegawa weapons set IX for it. Hopefully it will arrive shortly – and it contains wepons for one of my future projects – A-10C conversion.

I also received Modelsvit Su-7BM ‘Fitter’ model the other day. I can say I’m glad I got this review kit due to my personal connection with the aircraft; and since BKL version is also announced, I’ll build that in the markings of the Fitter I was taking care of. What can I say so far about it? It’s a typical short-run kit without locating pins or tabs. Dryfit of the fuselage showed there’s gonna be some persuasion needed to put it together. But on the other hand, the kit boasts nice details and the guys at Modelsvit supposedly went out and measured the real deal instead of relying on some blueprints of questionable quality. Hats off and I can’t wait to start her… Most likely in February.

Till next time!

17th January 2013

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As you can see, my modelling desk is getting cluttered. It’s my way of modelling – start clean and then leave stuff from the current projects on the table until they’re finished. May seem to be disorganized but it is more like organized chaos really. I have to admit, since my last post, I have hit a modelling block, really. And this time I know what caused it. I’ve had my Slovak MiG painted with all three basic colours when I went unmasking and large areas of Grey colour just peeled off. I’m not sure really what to do now but I hope I can salvage it somehow. At least Egyptian machine is now painted up and will receive orange recognition markings tomorrow. Second thing that went wrong was Flanker’s IRST. I cut it off, made a new one from scratch and attached it offset to the right side. But after examining more reference photos, I’ve noticed I was a victim of optical illusion and the device is indeed mounted central to the windshield like with most Flankers. But there’s something good in this at least – Trumpeters part is a bit too small, so I’ll be using mine to correct this flaw. And I know it’s not hard to modify to the offset when I’ll try to convert some Flanker to Su-35S for example. Anyway wingtip pods were attached and so were the scratchbuild ECM pods that form the part of the outmost underwing pylons – others will be added later. Also flaperons and slats were attached and I’m just about to start painting engine/exhaust areas.

Enjoy the nice vid I found today:

5th January 2013

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All the fuzz around New Year celebration is finally calming down and a bit more time was found for modelling today.

Fishbeds have finally entered my favorite stage – painting and weathering. They were given a coat of Alclad White Primer. I just love this stuff – you apply it in thin layers and it builds up really nice. In the case of Slovak bird, it’s also gonna serve for off-white colour, while it will give a good base for the Egyptian.

Flanker’s clear parts were given a good sanding and polishing treatment today using 600-grit sandpaper followed by Micromesh pads from 3200-12000 grit. A dip in Future floor polish was a must at the end. I planned to make the seatbelts to spice up the seats today but something else took most of my time away. I don’t recall I have ever seen a Su-27UB model that would have a front pit curtain construction included in the kit. Trumpeter kit also lacks this prominent feature and so I was cutting steel wire and plasticart trying to construct something that would at least vaguely resemble the real deal. The construction is still in progress and I hope I will finish it tomorrow.

I also got news, I’ll be soon receiving a new model for SAM build review – a Modelsvit Su-7BM in 1:72 scale. This jet fighter has a special place in my heart. A few years ago I was a member of Czech air museum in Vyskov and took care of one Su-7BM and a Su-7BKL. Here’s the pic of it and as you can see I had a special parking place reserved 😉

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Anyhow more on that when I get the kit.

Today’s musical background was courtesy of Joe Bonamassa – a truly talented blues musician!