First, let’s do a quick
review of the kit.
I built the KP (KoPro) kit. It’s a rough one! The cockpit is very poor
in details, the seat is very basic, the wheel bays are blank and the
undercarriages need some detailing…
Meanwhile, the panel lines are recessed and at their right place, and
the shapes are good. I found that the aggressive look of the Fitter is
My boxing was from 1996 and gives two markings: a Czech one and a
Russian with sharkmouth.
The decals are printed by Propagteam and include a lot of stencils. They
are well printed.
The instructions are not very clear, but with precaution the build
process is not so difficult.
I started with the
cockpit. The walls and panels are poor in details… I throw them up and
used Su-27 front and side panels from etched parts. The seat is from
The wall behind it received some scratched details with soldering and
I added resin parts from
Flanker to enhance the exhaust.
I painted it with Humbrol metalcote. It needs to be polished after
drying to get metal aspect.
I then added some drybrushes with green, cream, brown…
The bays are quite empty. So I added some
details with wires.
The main bay, after quick detailing,
painting and weathering:
I used Humbrol 65 blue as
basis, with some grey in it. The wash is black
with rusty pigments.
Now we can glue the fuselage halves together.
This step requires just a little bit of putty, the fit is pretty good!
But some panel lines don’t get face to face. I had to fill and
The surface is a bit
rough, so I sanded it with P600 sandpaper with water, then I polished
the fuselage parts with copper polish on a piece of tissue.
The tail fits good
As for the wings, it preferable to cut
the alignment blocks on it… it will ease the wing fit. Wings parts:
I drilled the scoops:
I just added some wiring,
referring to photos. For the main gears, you will
have to pay attention to the articulation. You
have to get the right angle, otherwise, the plane could to close or to
high from the ground.
I used Humbrol 65 with
The doors are very inaccurate. On the real plane, we have pits…
I juts added some rivets line. That part is not very visible on the
After paintjob :
I added simple details in
airbrakes housings. For more accuracy, they needs to be deepen.
What I didn’t do…
As for the pylons, you
have to do some work here.
In fact you will have to cut them at the right angle to make them fit on
the wing edge.
Some sanding/fitting is required to get a good result.
I added some details in here:
Flat front glass is
tainted with green ink from a ball-point pen diluted in alcohol.
I choose to put fuel
tanks, Kh25 and R60. I added copper wire to depict welding lines, and
winglets are cut and made of thinner plastic sheet.
I picked up the R60 from an academy
flanker kit. And I detailed them with the Eduard missiles sheet.
The Kh25 received just a plastic strip on
the underside, stencils are from different kits.
Here comes the
Underside: I used a mix of Humbrol :65,
I fill the panels one by
one in order to keep the preshading effect. The in lighten my colour and
fill little panels, hatches and create some spots:
I sprayed sand mix free hand:
Then I lighten the panels:
Then I masked the sand with adhesive gum
(Blutack, Patafix…) and masking tape.
And I sprayed the medium green, a mix of 149, 76, 101…
Same process: filling, lightening…
Result just after demasking:
I found that result quite weird. The
colours didn’t match each others.
So I sprayed a diluted layer of light brown with gloss varnish:
Result is more “uniform”. The colours go
Then I painted the metal parts with Humbrol MetalCote 27003
I put the decals with
Microsol and alcohol for the harder ones.
Then I sealed them with a sprayed coat of Future/Klir (Gloss varnish)
I did a wash of humbrol
black with just a little rusty pigments in it.
I fill the panel lines, let it dry 10 minutes, then I wipe the excess
with a cotton swab dipped in thinner (white spirit), in the airflow
direction, and vertical directions. Two passes at least are needed.
Then I put some brown,
rusty and yellow traces with oil paints. I stretch them with a brush
To complete the model, I spray a matt varnish coat with some grey/sand
It has for result to get the “painted in” effect for the decals…