The Su-7 'Fitter' was
one of the first Soviet jet interceptors after World War 2 powered by a
powerful Ljuljka AL-7 turbojet engine. One of its prototypes also set a Soviet
speed record of 2170km/h with its characteristic highly swept wing at
60deg. The plane itself was not very successful in its intended role, so it was
soon converted to fighter-bomber (Su-7B) armed with bombs and unguided rockets.
I decided to build
this model, because I work on Su-7BM (and Su-7BKL) at Vyskov
air museum in the Czech
The real plane was just an inspiration for the
model but in the near future I intend to build 1/72 versions of both planes, I'm
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I found this model along
with it's two-seater U version in one of the Brno's modeling shops. The
plastic looked nice with nicely engraved panel lines and there were parts
for simple cockpit to be made. Although the B version was used mostly by
the Soviet Union, you get only two options of decals for NMF birds, but it's
not the case with Su-7U, where you get some 5 different options with some
really nice camos. The build was straightforward, with small amounts of
putty needed just around the wing-to-fuselage joint. I highly recommend it
to all 1/144 builders!
Greetings from Slovenia!