Kinetic's 1/48 scale
Su-33 Flanker D
by Rafi Ben-Shahar
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This is a challenging model that can easily become your modelling nemesis.
The fit of parts is generally good and the plastic is nicely engraved with fine detail. Yet, the monster hides in your attempt to render a complex structured aircraft in a miniature scale. It is a large, heavy and delicate model with many small protruding parts and folded flying surfaces. The instructions are suggestive, misleading and wrong in places, including the color schemes and decals.
Due to the complex nature of the model, mistakes are hard to correct and I had to take apart completed sections to correct them. Other mistakes were left unattended to maintain sanity.
One way to get around the difficulties is to build the model with extended wings and stabilizers that resembles the land based Flanker. The best way to prepare yourself is to become familiar with the structure of the Flanker from the built of a similar model from another model company.
One last warning. The Sea Flanker will dominate your display shelf.
It is really worth the effort!
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2017 by Rafi Ben-Shahar
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