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Sukhoi Su-35S, new generation of the Flanker

Begemot 1/48 Sukhoi Su-35S, new generation of the Flanker Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2017 Manufacturer Begemot
Subject Sukhoi Su-35S, new generation of the Flanker Scale 1/48
Set Number 48039 Pros 20 marking options
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $25.95

First Look

Begemot Decals is an interesting decal company from Rostov-on-Don, Russia that offers a nice array of markings for Soviet and Russian aircraft. In this release, Begemot provides a super set of decals for the Kitty Hawk 1/48 Su-35 Flanker kit. Let's take a look:

Sukhoi Su-35S, new generation of the Flanker Sukhoi Su-35S, new generation of the Flanker Sukhoi Su-35S, new generation of the Flanker

This set provides 20 markings options including:

  • Su-35 (T-10BM), bort 901, MAKS 2007 airshow, splinter camouflage
  • Su-35 (T-10BM), bort 902, MAKS 2009 airshow, 'digital' camouflage
  • Su-35S, bort 01, KnAPPO, Zhukovksi AB, 2012
  • Su-35S, bort 02, GLITs, Akhtubinsk AB, 2012
  • Su-35S, bort 03, GLITs, Akhtubinsk AB, 2012
  • Su-35S, bort 04, GLITs, Akhtubinsk AB, 2012
  • Su-35S, bort 06, GLITs, Akhtubinsk AB, 2013
  • Su-35S, bort 07, GLITs, Akhtubinsk AB, 2013
  • Su-35S, bort 01, 4 TsPAPiPVI, Linetsk AB, 2014
  • Su-35S, bort 05, GLITs, Akhtubinsk AB, 2014
  • Su-35S, bort 06, 23 IAP, Dzemgi AB, 2014
  • Su-35S, bort 08, 23 IAP, Dzemgi AB, 2014
  • Su-35S, bort 25, 23 IAP, Dzemgi AB, 2015
  • Su-35S, bort 25, 23 IAP, Dzemgi AB, 2016
  • Su-35S, bort 24, 22 IAP, Central Uglovaya AB, 2016
  • Su-35S, bort 06, 23 IAP, Khmeimim AB, Syria, 2016
  • Su-35S, bort 50, 159 IAP, Khmeimim AB, Syria, 2017
  • Su-35S, bort 04, 23 IAP, Dzemgi AB, 2017
  • Su-35S, bort 03, 23 IAP, Khmeimim AB, Syria, 2017
  • Su-35S, bort 06, 23 IAP, Dzemgi AB, 2017

I don't believe I've ever seen a decal sheet with such current options as these - literally a few months old as it reflects the deployment of the 23rd IAP to Syria. In addition, this set provides a variety of generic bort numbers and Russian registration numbers so you can replicate other examples not illustrated in this set. As you can also see from the wide variety of small markings, this set also has a comprehensive airframe and weapons stenciling set.

The instructions are in Russian and English with nice four-view diagrams for painting and stencil placement. In addition to the great schemes worn by the two prototype Su-35s, this set shows the evolution of the Su-35's camouflage which includes the eggplant gray through the current colors which uses a similar pattern as the Su-27 but with different colors.

This set will work with the Kitty Hawk 1/48 Su-35 Flanker kit and will also compliment the Academy 1/48 Su-27 with the aftermarket Su-35 conversion.

Begemot Decals are now available with free shipping in the US from HobbyZone USA. For more information about this set and the other releases from Begemot Decals, visit their website at http://www.begemotdecals.ru.

My sincere thanks to Begemot Decals for this review sample!

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