Sukhoi 30 K Indian Air Force
This is an 1/48 Academy Su-27UB kit which was converted to Sukhoi 30K of the Indian Air Force.
India no longer operates the 'K' version as all are not MKI variants. Sukhoi 30K were on lease and were returned long
ago once MKI were inducted.
Four Sukhoi 30K were painted Tri-Color scheme for to commemorate India's 50th Independence Day Anniversary.
These 4 aircraft were first showcased on Indian Air Force Day on 8th October 1997.
Aircraft were SB-001, SB-006,SB-007 and SB-008.
For starters, canopy was broken and so were the landing gears. But since I had not glued the parts well, parts acted like crumple zone and absorbed most of the impact and breaking just at the joints.
In 2005, I was a novice to scale modeling. I did know what primer was and I had used enamel paints.
So stripping the paint was toughest. I ordered Fairhobby vacform canopy.
Since the original Academy Su-27 UB did not come with refueling probe, I scratch built one to make to closed to Indian Air Force
operated Sukhoi 30K version.
I know I could have done
a better job, but considering that it was rebuilt, I am happy with the job. You might notice
the missing IRST probe.
Fairhobby canopy does come with an IRST probe which with some effort can be offset to right as per the original aircraft.
I am still working on it and since I did not want to miss the deadline I am posting without it.
Apologies for that.
Aamod Potdar Indian Scale Modellers
Photos and text © by Aamod Potdar