Sukhoi T10 Flanker-A

Soviet Flanker prototype from Modelsvit

Excellent Modelsvit Box Art

Top and bottom fuselage mouldings.

Wings and Fins.

Engine nacelles.

Nose undercarriage, wheel bays and cockpit.

Main undercarriage and wheels.

Jetpipes, engine compressor faces and afterburners.

2 X R-27ET and 2 X R-27ER missiles and pylons.

Crystal clear canopies - open or closed.

Early K-36 ejection seat - made up from 26 parts!

Decal sheet - for bort Yellow 10 and Blue 11 - note the instrument panels.

Etched brass parts, IRST ball and clear 'glass' for the etched HUD!
Not shown is the comprehensive sheet of self-adhesive masks - for the wheel hubs and inside and outside of the canopy!

Back page of the 12-page instruction booklet.

Components of the combined nosewheel bay and cockpit.

The jetpipes are made up from three segments, a rear turbine face and an afterburner flame holder.....

Assembled jetpip at left, parts on the right.

Parts for the fully detailed intakes........

.....partly assembled.........

Fully assembled - (the jetpipe assembly is dropped in later).

The complex shape of the intake/engine nacelle.

Even without the superb 26-part K-36 ejection seat in place, the cockpit detail is stunning.
I used the kit decals for the instrument panels (totally acceptable in this scale)......

...... although for the super-detailer, alternate etched brass panels are provided.

The Flanker has a distinct shallow-vee shaped lower fuselage section - correctly captured by means of a rectangular insert.....

Very few Flanker kits get this area correct - so well done Modelsvit!! 
Note the raised detail in the wheel bays and engraved panel detail - this is a quality kit.

The cockpit/nosewheel bay sub-assembly and port side rear exhaust is in place - with the stbd one still to be added.
The main wheel bays are built up from three vertical 'walls'

The complex contours of the engine nacelles fit perfectly onto the lower fuselage.
A smear of filler is needed on the lower joint line (overdone in my case).

1.  First time I have ever added noseweight to a Flanker kit - Modelsvit recommend 2g.
          2. Make sure the cockpit sub-assembly is seated well down - or it will foul the upper fuselage.
3. Do not glue these side booms in place until after the upper fuselage is in place.            
4. Plastic tabs added to make sure the jetpipe sits centrally in the rear nacelle.                 

Top and bottom fuselage halves joined. A bit of trimming was needed - but it all went together quite well.

Underside view.

Wings temporarily attached - just to see what it looks like.

A couple of drawing showing the differences between the first T10-1 and later T10 prototypes (in this case the T10-5).
Note the longer radome on the T10-5. It also has canted fins unlike the vertical fins on the T10-1.

In a coat of grey primer.

Very different to the re-designed T10S Flanker.

Note the excellent panel detail.

Anti-flutter weights on all flying surfaces - and wing fences.

Time to assemble the 26 part K-36 ejection seat..... Note that there are two styles of head box - early small and later large.
You can see them both at top left and bottom left - they each have different side panels. #
Note the seat firing handle...Number 2. Tiny and totally flashed over.

I didn't read the instructions properly - and used the wrong one at first - hence the putty to fill the gaps!

Amazing detail on the back of the seat - which my camera can't do justice to.

Finished seat painted up - it looks better in real life... honest!
I had to scratch the firing handle from foil - having ruined the plastic part trying to trim off the flash.

Another (badly taken) shot of the ejection seat.

Fresh from the paintshop.

Modelsvit even include an etched-brass HUD.......

.... they also include the Combiner Glass as a perspex insert!!! (although I bottled out of using it)

Finished T10....

Spot the difference - first and latest Flanker - T10-10 and Su-35S

The Su-35S shows the complete re-design from the original T10 to the T10S (Su-27).

Ken Duffey

Jan 2018