SEABORNE SUKHOI

INTERMEDIATE BUILD SU-33 SEA FLANKER

Chris Clay builds Kinetic’s 1/48 Su-33 Sea Flanker, one of Mikhail Simonov’s finest designs

Mr. Hobby’s H86 was a good match for the undercarriage bay tone, and added a splash of colour to the finished model.
Kinetic offered a choice of an open/closed airbrake, but the fit was very poor — gaps were treated with CA, before being sanded.

Despite its superpower status, the Soviet Union wasn’t known for its naval fighters, and it didn’t field suitable ships or modern interceptors until the end of the Cold War. While the Soviet/Russian Navy had operated Moskva-class helicopter carriers and Kiev-class heavy aircraft-carrying cruisers, just the latter had fixed-wing assets, with Yakovlev’s vertical/ short take-off and landing Yak-38 Despite its superpower status, the Soviet Union wasn’t known for its naval fighters, and it didn’t field suitable ships or modern interceptors until the end of the Cold War.

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