The build started with a inspiring picture of Indian Air Force Su-30MKI's being refuelled by an IAF IL-78MKI. I knew then I had to make a diorama of the same.
The search for appropriate kits lead to Trumpeters 1:144 IL-78 & Su30. Both required a fair bit of modifications to bring it to Indian Air Force Spec.
Having picked the IL-78 kit from a online hobby shop. The Su-30 kit was gifted to me by a dear friend Amrith.
Both the kits being
relatively new releases from Trumpeter the details are decent and had very few
Let me start with the IL-78 the modifications included scratch building of the Israeli refuelling pods. I started with a thick sprue from another kit, attached it to a
drill machine and shaped it down using files and sand paper. The pylons used from the kit itself.
The refuelling pipe and drogue were scratch built using a electrical wire and conical shaped piece of plastic from the spares bin.
The third aircraft in the diorama is a Revell Rafale built OOB with just the IAF roundel and finflash added.
Photos and text © by Murli Rajan