The SU-30 MKI has
not been released yet in any scale and I decided to operate on the old Heller
version with canards snitched from a Revell SU-27.
Surgery called for adding the canards and addition of a lot of putty to
match the contour, adding the refueling probe, shifting the IRST to starboard of
the windshield, adding a FOD cover to the nose wheels and drooping the thrust
vectoring exhaust nozzles. I loaded
two kit supplied R-73s and R-27ERs and the rest of the R-VV-AE, KH 39 and X-29T
from the Eastern express MiG 21-93 kit and Paveway-II LGB from a F-4E kit.
I added the Aeroclub Gnat in classic overall silver to compare the
IAF’s (and probably the world’s) smallest jet fighter with the worlds’
largest. The little Gnat was more
than a handful during its time (bringing down a total of 11 F-86 Sabres in two
wars) and the SU-30MKI is certainly The Air
Dominance Fighter of today (apart from the flying robots we see rolling out of
the companies that once made aeroplanes). I did no weathering except for the
burnt metal engine nacelles and on the gun blast deflector.
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