1/72 Streem Su-24M Fencer-D

by Tom Berres



For this ‘Fencer,’ I used the now out of production Streem kit.  If you want an accurate Su-24, this is the only game in town.  Unlike the Dragon (reboxed as Revell, Zvezda, etc.) kit, this model actually matches scale drawings almost perfectly.  For the cockpit, I used the Neomega set.  I also had an Eduard PE set and a Dragon ‘Fencer’ at my disposal for detail parts.

The resin parts from Neomega required some significant fitting, since they are designed for the Dragon kit.  Otherwise, the forward fuselage went together OK.  Due to the design of the forward gear bay, I had to install the forward gear leg when the fuselage halves were joined.  I also removed the molded lines of the refueling probe, boxed it in, and added the probe from the Dragon kit.  The canopies in the kit were thick and distorted.  I used them as masters to vacuform new pieces.

This kit needed extensive fitting, sanding, and puttying.  It is essentially a limited run kit.  For detailing, I focused on the main gear bay and the air intakes.  I added copper wire and styrene details to the main gear bay.  For the air intakes, Streem has a good representation at the intake face and for the bottom of the duct.  I enclosed the duct with styrene tubing, smoothed with Milliput, and added some compressor faces from the spares box.  For the turbine and exhaust ducts, I added the Eduard parts to the kit ducts.  I had to use some styrene tubing to create the proper ‘look’ for the turbine blades.  Overall, this had an excellent visual effect on the finished model.

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          The finished model was painted with hand-mixed Tamiya acrylic colors.  After a heavy coat of Future for gloss, I decaled with markings from High Decal, Linden Hill, those included in the kit, and some spares.  Another coat of Future was applied and then a sludge wash with heavily diluted tempera paints.  The model was finished off with a dull coat from Testors acryl. 

          The fuel tanks and FAB-250 unguided bomb came from the Dragon kit.  The KAB-500KR TV guided bombs were from Prop & Jet (if they are in production available from Linden Hill imports) while the R-60 (AA-8 ‘Aphid’) air-to-air missiles were from a separate Streem weapons set.

          This was not an easy build.  While this kit had fantastic engraved detail, the fit was difficult.  If you can find one of these rare kits, I would highly recommend it to those with the experience on limited production kits.  It is certainly far easier to deal with compared to correcting the Dragon Su-24.


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Photos and text © by Tom Berres