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Sukhoi SU-6 AM-42

29 May
2012

This is the first product from yet another talented group from the Czech Republic. The real aircraft was produced to a tender to replace the 11-2. It was unsuccessful and only six were produced, making it another rare subject to add to our collection of Russian aircraft. It is moulded in light grey with engraved panel lines and minimal flash. The fuselage, complete with fin and rudder, is split vertically in to which is fitted quite a bit of cockpit detail. The first task was to build the cockpit interior; this consists of a floor, (with moulded-in side consoles), seat, bulkhead, instrument panel and control column. Behind the bulkhead is the gunner’s position with a further bulkhead at the rear. The gunner himself had no seat just a wide strap slung across the fuselage to sit on! This is supplied as etched metal, as are the seat belts, instrument detail and gunsight. After completing and painting the interior, I originally cemented it to one fuselage half. I then taped the halves together to check interior fit and hit a problem. The floor was cemented between the indicator marks on one side of the fuselage but when I joined the halves I found that it was too far to one side and was not at right angles to the vertical owing to the restrictions of the instrument panel and bulkhead.After removing the assembly, I found an easy way to correct it. I again taped the fuselage halves together but then fitted the assembly through the wingaperture, centering and then cementing one side to the fuselage half. Any gap can then be filled withthick super glue or epoxy. It is worth mentioning here that full colour details are included on the instruction sheet with paint manufacturer’s references and FS numbers where applicableI now turned my attention to the nose intake. There is a slot in the forward fuselage into which the curved piece of the intake is connected. Cemented to the back of that is an etched metal grille. But before I could fit this assembly a little attention was needed around the slot, as it is too large for the intake lip. I corrected this by trimming the slot and inserting a piece of plastic card on the forward surface and trimmed it to conform to the fuselage.The wings come as a single lower surface with port and starboard upper sections and the main undercarriage legs are fitted into the lower section before the upper ones are cemented in place. I do not like this method of fixing undercarriage legs, much preferring to fit them after painting. Luckily I found that they could be slotted into place after the wings are assembled so these and the rest of the wing detail I left until after painting. After cementing the single-moulding horizontal tailplanes and an air scoop to the upper fuselage, I test fitted the vac-form canopy and then painted the assembled model. It was then time to fit the ‘delicate bits’ eg the cannons, pitot and undercarriage, plus the etched brass wheel doors. Decals came next. These are simply three sets of red stars but they went on perfectly. The canopy was fitted and blended-in to the fuselage with Crystal Clear and touched in, the propeller added and the last job was the under-wing bombs on tiny etched brass shackles. I found the easiest way to fix those was to cement them to the bombs and then fix the whole assembly to the wings. A couple of stretched sprue aerial wires and the project was complete.I found this kit no more difficult than any other short run project and I am sure that it will cause a few puzzled faces when placed on the model table at your local model meeting.

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