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Linden Hill Decals

Linden Hill Decals 1/72 Lipetsk Top Guns Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2006 Manufacturer Linden Hill Decals
Subject Lipetsk Top Guns - The Aircraft of the Russian Air Force's Elite 4. TsBPiPLS Scale 1/72
Set Number 72014 Pros A nice array of markings for 21 different Lipetsk aircraft
Cons Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $24.99

First Look

Alright you fans of Soviet & Russian military aviation, Linden Hill has released a new super set of decals. This time they've provided an excellent sampling of the demonstration aircraft based out of Lipetsk, one look at these paint jobs and you'll want to do all of them!

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While many of the decal sheets we've seen are based upon photos of real aircraft, many times the decal artist/designer has never seen the subjects in person, leaving color information and certain details left to subjective interpretation. Take our first look at these instructions, Linden Hill went to Lipetsk and collected all of the information they needed for these decals first-hand.

Look at the sample instruction page below - the photos collected were taken from static and flight demonstrations at Lipetsk in 2005.

This set of decals provides markings for fifteen different aircraft:

  • MiG-31, Red 37
  • Su-27SM, Red 02
  • Su-25T, Red 85
  • Su-25, Red 73
  • MiG-29 9-13, Red 29
  • MiG-29 9-13, Red 32
  • MiG-29 9-13, Red 30
  • MiG-29UB, Red 37
  • Su-27UB, Red 61
  • Su-27UB, Red 16
  • Su-27UB, Red 17 ‘Air Force One’
  • Su-27S, Red 08 ‘Lipetsk Shark’
  • Su-27S, Red 01
  • Su-24MR, Red 52
  • Su-24M2, Red 44

Bonus options:

  • Su-24MR, White 33, unknown regiment, Uzbek AF, Honobod Air Base, Uzbekistan, 2004
  • MiG-29, Red 03, Unknown Regiment, VVS of Kazakhstan, May 2003
  • MiG-29UB, Red 24, Unknown Regiment, VVS of Kazakhstan, May 2003
  • Su-24MR, White 32, Unknown Regiment, VVS of Kazakhstan, May 2003
  • MiG-31B, Red 01, 610th Air Defence Base, VVS of Kazakhstan, Karaganda - Nurken Abdirov AB, Central Military District, Karaganda, Kazakhstan, 2005
  • Su-27S, Yellow 05, 604th Air Base, VVS of Kazakhstan, Taldyqorgan AB, Kazakhstan, March 2006

The set also includes nine pages of full-color profiles, details of each aircraft, paint tables, and even photos of representative aircraft.

Linden Hill Decals can be purchased directly from their website at

My sincere thanks to Linden Hill Decals for this review sample!