Trumpeter 1:72 scale kit
Top shot - note the 'sharp' engine nacelles.
Trumpeter (left) and Italeri nose cones.
Trumpeter nose compared to real thing.
Nacelles - note the more shape and subtle blending on the
Italeri upper fuselage mated to Trumpeter lower.
Italeri lower fuselage mated to Trumpeter upper. Note the
strakes on the Trumpeter kit.
Fins - Italeri is incorrect - too tall and represents an early
Trumpeter tailboom - with APU inlet - a rectangular hole has to
be opened up to fit it. No exhaust is provided.
This is the flap on the APU exhaust.
Trumpeter (upper) and Italeri tailbooms - Italeri is too long.
Together - the shapes are exactly the same.
Trumpeter left, Italeri right.
The real thing 1.
The real thing 2.
The Trumpeter Su-34 Parts.
Cockpit and nosewheel bay.
Intakes and tailboom.
Fins, flaps and tailplanes.
Wingtip pods, pylons and canards.
Exhausts and wheels - note the packaging.
Ejection seats and KAB-500L bombs.
Building the Su-34.
Cockpit components - note the open door in the rear bulkhead -
and the sink marks !
Parts for the nosewheel bay.
K-36 ejection seats - very simplified - and no firing handle.
Instrument panel is a decal. Note the silver rudder pedals.
Cockpit minus ejection seats - note the open door.
Cockpit and nosewheel bay glued in place on the lower fuselage.
The front cover in the access tunnel can be made to slide - here
it is open for access...
.... and here slid forward to close.
View of the closed hatch inside the nosewheel bay.
Top and bottom fuselage halves joined.
Much improved nose shape
The aperture for the APU intake has to
be drilled out..... not something you should
have to do on an expensive kit!
The mesh grille part is fitted. Note that they haven't
included the APU outlet though.
I used a bit of plastic card to stop the grille falling inside.
There is a joint to fill when the tailboom is attached......
.... and try as I might, I could not get the tailboom to go
forward enough - leaving gaps on the underside.
The fins are cleverly designed with side panels to eliminate a
joint - they fit perfectly.
The intakes are accurate - but overly complex.......
....and they don't fit very well. I had to glue the front end
....then clamp the back ends to get a flush fit - but still with
.... which need filling.
Flaperons, wing fences and rudders added - plus cockpit coaming.
The Su-34 has a set of blinds inside the cockpit - which Trumpeter
do not provide, so.....
... they have to be scratched....using plastic card.
Trumpeter have also missed the small fillets when the wingtip pods
Why can't Trumpeter supply self-adhesive masks ??
All primed up - ready to paint.
Just out of the paint shop - AKAN paints used.
A few areas need touching up - but its looking good.
Curved fillet between wing L/E and ESM pod added - Trumpeter
... they also missed the Blind Flying curtains inside the
.... and the silver APU exhaust outlet on top of the tailboom.
APU inlet - and exhaust on top.
They also missed the step attached to the anti-FOD guard.
Comparison photo - the original Su-27IB prototype (left) and
latest production Su-34 (right).
Su-27IB (converted from Heller Su-27UB and Italeri Su-34) next to
the Trumpeter Su-34.
New Begemot decal sheet - 1/72 scale