Attack Hobby Kits 1/144 Su-7B Fitter Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||October 2006||Manufacturer||Attack Hobby Kits|
|Kit Number||14408||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$6.01|
The Su-7 was the first post-war fighter-bomber to come from the now famous Sukhoi Design Bureau (OKB). First seen in the west, the Su-7B Fitter A was the first operational version of this aircraft which could carry a modest payload at supersonic speeds to targets well inside enemy airspace. The aircraft’s highly swept wings allowed for excellent performance once airborne, but required lots of runway to get the aircraft off and back on the ground safely.
The Su-7B was followed by the modified Su-7BM and several other improved versions of the basic Su-7 before the Sukhoi OKB started experimenting with variable geometry wings leading to the Su-17/Su-22 Fitters. These aircraft had all of the advantages of a swept-wing fighter for high-speed flight as well as the low-speed handling of an unswept wing.
The Attack Hobby Kits' 1/144 Su-7B Fitter kit is molded in light gray styrene and features some beautifully cast details throughout the kit. While not a complex kit, it will become quickly obvious just how much detail is present once the completed model has been weathered.
The Fitter kit offers your choice of bombs, rocket pods, and external fuel tanks for external stores.
Despite its petite scale though, this kit features some nice details that will look great after assembly. This should be quick and painless with the majority of time will be spent cleaning up the tree attachment points, and these are minimal.
Markings are provided for two examples:
- Su-7B, Red 29, Soviet Air Force
- Su-7B, Red 78, Soviet Air Force
This is a nice little kit that will go together quickly. Recommended!
My sincere thanks to Hobbyshop.cz for this review sample!