This is one of those aircraft that
looks great from any angle, I love the arch of the forward fuselage. I saw
a pic in a model magazine of an Su-34 someone had entered in a competition and
decided I had to build one.
The camouflage scheme was painted with my own mix of acrylics and I used paper masks for a slightly feathered edge, highlighting the panel lines with watercolours. Despite paying close attention to the scant references I had regarding the paint scheme and aerial positions etc., it wasn't until I took it along to our local model club that our resident Russian expert pointed out my model had totally the wrong tail-fins! Talk about missing the obvious :) I now have an Su-34 wearing in-service colours on a prototype machine. Apparently there are other errors in Italeri's kit in some of the dimensions, but overall I think it captures the look of the real thing.
Enjoy the photos.
Photos and text © by Mike Grant