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Su-27UB Flanker C

Kitty Hawk Models 1/48 Su-27UB Flanker C Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2020 Manufacturer Kitty Hawk Models
Subject Su-27UB Flanker C Scale 1/48
Kit Number 80168 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Many possibilities Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $TBA

First Look

Su-27UB Flanker C
Su-27UB Flanker C
Su-27UB Flanker C
Su-27UB Flanker C
Su-27UB Flanker C

In the world of Soviet tactical aviation, there were two types of aircraft: fighters and trainers. As with tactical aircraft around the world, two-seat versions of a given aircraft type are needed to transition a new pilot into a given type. The MiG-15 had the MiG-15UTI trainer that would also serve as the transition trainer for the MiG-17 and MiG-19. With the MiG-21 series came several variants of the MiG-21U/UM, ditto with the MiG-23, MiG-25, MiG-29, Su-7, Su-9/11, and Su-15. All of these trainers could carry a variety of armament to provide supervised weapons delivery training but were not equipped with the same radars (or any radar in some cases) as their single-seat counterparts. That all changed with the introduction of the Su-27UB, which was equipped with the same mission systems and armament as the single-seat versions. As the Su-27 was upgraded into the Su-27SM with new radar and weapons, so too did the two-seat version as the Su-27UBM. As two-seat multi-role aircraft became more prevalent in other air forces, the Su-27UB evolved into the Su-30 which paralleled the capabilities of the Su-27SM and Su-35. With the success of the Su-27UB as a combat-ready two-seat aircraft, similar advances were made with the Su-25 family with the Su-25TM/Su-39 two-seat multi-role aircraft as well as with the MiG-29M/MiG-35 two-seat combat aircraft.

Here is the third Su-27 kit recently released, the Su-27UB. This is one of three Flanker variants in this batch, which also includes the Su-27 and Su-30. While some of these parts trees are used in the other two new Flanker kits, none of these trees are out of the Su-35 kit released by Kitty Hawk a few years ago. Molded in gray styrene, this kit is presented on 12 parts trees plus one tree of clear parts and one small fret of photo-etched details.

Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Nicely detailed front and rear cockpits
  • Nicely detailed K-36D ejection seats which provide photo-etched crew restraints
  • Detailed AL-31F engines
  • Positionable ventral intake shutters
  • Intake ducts to the engine faces
  • Starboard gun bay with positionable access panel
  • Detailed forward avionics bay
  • Positionable avionics bay/radar access
  • Choice of early (dish) or later (phased array) radar antennas (not mentioned in the instructions except the color guide)
  • Positionable dorsal speed brake
  • Detailed landing gear and wheel wells
  • Positionable leading and trailing edge flaps
  • Positionable stabilators
  • Positionable radome
  • Positionable parachute door

Weapons included:

  • GSh-30 internal cannon in gun bay
  • 2 x R-27ER/ET (AA-10 Alamo)
  • 2 x R-27R/T (AA-10 Alamo)
  • 2 x R-60 (AA-8 Aphid)
  • 2 x R-73 (AA-11 Archer)
  • 2 x R-77 (AA-12 Adder)

Markings are provided for six subjects:

  • Su-27UB, bort 64, Soviet VVS
  • Su-27UB, bort 65, Russian VVS
  • Su-27UB, bort 10, Russian VVS
  • J-16, bort 28/11128, PLAAF
  • J-16, bort 11137, PLAAF
  • Su-27UB, bort 14, Soviet VVS
  • Su-27UB, bort 23, Russian Knights aerial demo team
  • Su-27UB, bort 74, Ukrainian Air Force
  • Su-27UB, bort 52, Russian VVS
  • Su-27UB, bort 389, Sukhoi Test/Demo aircraft

For a look at this kit built in our quick-build format, look here.

Here is a list of paints Kitty Hawk identifies for use with this kit and their equivalent colors from other brands. Also included are the 'standard' colors for the Su-27 camouflage:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
Su-27 Blue
 
71.337
 
A095
C095
 
 
197
 
 
 
Su-27 Pale Blue
 
71.334
 
A328
C328
 
 
196
 
 
 
Su-27 Light Gray
 
71.335
 
A038
C038
 
 
198
 
 
 
Cockpit Gray-Blue
 
 
C392
 
 
MMP096
049
 
 
 
Brass
0197
71.067
C219
 
 
MMC002
150
 
1782
 
Black
0032
70.950
C002
H002
N002
A125
C125
LC002
MMP047
005
LP01
X01
1747
 
Red
0049
71.269
C003
H003
N003
A276
C276
LC006
MMP003
002
LP07
X07
1705
 
Royal Blue
0103
71.004
C005
H005
N005
A220
C220
LC010
MMP048
384
LP06
X03
2031
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Steel
0191
71.065
C028
H018
N018
 
 
MMM002
030
X10
1780
X502
Sky Blue
 
71.089
C034
H025
N025
 
LC058
 
 
X14
 
 
Light Gull Gray
0241
71.121
C373
H051
N051
A048
C048
UA025
MMP063
098
 
1730
 
Aircraft Gray
 
 
C073
H057
N057
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interior Green
0220
71.137
C027
H058
N058
A211
C211
UA004
MMP059
131
 
1715
X117
XA1117
Air Superiority Blue
 
71.332
C074
N017
A155
C155
UA037
 
240
 
 
 
Burnt Iron
0187
71.073
C061
H076
N076
A106
C106
 
MMM01
147
LP54
XF84
 
X508
Tire Black
0033
71.315
C137
H077
N077
 
UA733
MMP040
 
LP65
XF85
 
 
Olive Green
0084
71.093
C054
H080
N080
A152
C152
UA303
MMP034
078
XF58
 
 
Dark Gray 2
0235
71.308
C032
H083
N083
 
 
 
 
XF75
 
 
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Clear Green
 
 
C138
H094
N094
 
 
 
268
X25
 
 
Smoke Gray
0095
 
C101
H095
N095
 
 
 
 
LP67
X19
 
 
Russian Green
 
71.022
C136
 
 
 
 
XF05
 
 
Gunship Gray
0204
71.097
C305
H305
A031
C031
UA022
MMP084
040
AS27
1723
 
Gray
0211
71.275
C306
H306
A054
C054
UA094
MMP118
039
AS28
XF18:1+
XF53:3
1725
 
White
 
71.279
C316
H316
A049
C049
 
MMP104
099
AS20
XF02
1745
X141
XA1141
Light Gray
0212
 
C324
H324
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dark Gray
0205
71.051
C331
H331
A144
C144
 
 
113
XF54
2059
X004
XA1004
Medium Sea Gray
0246
71.307
C335
H335
A141
C141
UA028
MP094
112
AS11
XF83
2058
X003
XA1003
Light Gray
0209
71.276
C338
H338
A050
C050
UA023
MMP116
364
 
1732
X139
XA1139
Dark Gray
0908
70.995
C339
H339
 
 
MMP099
047
 
1791
X129
XA1129
Black Gray
0218
71.055
C116
H416
A040
C040
UA133
MMP089
059
 
2079
X203
XA1203

My sincere thanks to Kitty Hawk Models for this review sample!