Sukhoi T10 Flanker-A
Soviet Flanker prototype from Modelsvit
Excellent Modelsvit Box Art
Top and bottom fuselage mouldings.
Wings and Fins.
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
Etched brass parts, IRST ball and clear 'glass' for the etched
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........
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
Very few Flanker kits get this area correct - so well done
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
1. First time I have ever added noseweight to a Flanker
kit - Modelsvit recommend 2g.
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
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.
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
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...
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)
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).
All photos are Copyright Ken Duffey
The real T10-10 - taken at Lugansk 2006
Cockpit and front fuselage - note the aft-retracting nosewheel and
Inside the nosewheel bay.
Nosewheel with mudguard - note the missing links to the mudguard
and missing landing light in the front door.
Port intake and front mainwheel door - used as an airbrake.
Looking up into the front of the mainwheel bay...
The mainwheel bay...
The rear of the mainwheel bay..
Rear view of the port mainwheel.
Port side of mainwheel area.
Port side stabiliser actuator - with missing cover.
Port side stabiliser with anti-flutter weight.
Port fin - note the Sukhoi 'Winged Archer' logo, the painted-out
Russian star, Ukrainian logo and anti-flutter weight on the fin.
Note the missing 'Beaver Tail' and the blue colour on the jetpipe.
Starboard rear fuselage.
Starboard wing - note the massive anti-flutter weight and the lugs
for the weapons pylons.
Starboard mainwheel bay.
Starboard intake - the front mainwheel door/airbrake is hanging
Starboard wing - note the separate flaps and ailerons on the
Starboard nose - note the NM 'translation skirt' for the bigger
radome on the later prototypess.
Frontal view - note the missing IRST ball in the front of the
windscreen and the canted-out fins.
Front view - note the 'collapsed' starboard airbrake and missing
landing light in the nosewheel door.
Tenth prototype T10-10 at the Lugansk museum.
Note the blue colour on the jet nozzles.
Tenth protoype - with 'production' radome and canted fins.
First prototype at Monino - note the much slimmer radome and