4th MshAP (Naval Strike Regiment), 132nd MshAD (Naval Strike Division),
Air Arm of the Red Banner Baltic Fleet,
Chernyakhovsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, USSR, 1989
Zvezda 1/72 with Neomega resin cockpit
To finish off the year, this is my first build of a Zvezda kit and initial impressions are good. Although a little “chunky” and lacking in complex detail, it has a good shape, well judged levels of engraved detail and fits together very well. The wings are noticeably less well moulded and detailed than the main cockpit, but this is not really an issue, since they are very plain in any event.
To improve the kit, I have added the superbly detailed Neomega resin cockpit, allowing me to leave the twin canopies open.
Zvezda provide two comprehensive weapons sprues with this kit, so I have chosen a
suitable maritime weapons outload of two laser-
The Fencer entered service with the Soviet Air Forces in 1975 as an advanced development
of the Su-
As well as widespread service with the Soviet Air Force, Soviet Naval units in the
Far East and Baltic also flew Fencers for long range anti-
Russian Air Force Fencers are currently (2015) deployed in Syria undertaking air
strikes against ISIL and Syrian Opposition forces. In mid November 2015, a Fencer
operating against opposition rebels near to the Turkish border was shot down by two
Both of the Russian aircrew, Lt Col Oleg Peshkov and Captain Murakhtin ejected successfully, but Lt Col Peshkov was then shot by opposition forces as he descended by parachute.
Whilst rescuing the other pilot, a Russian Marine onboard a CSAR Mi-
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Have a look at my Adversaries pages for more Russian and Soviet Aircraft models
Box, sprues, resin and references!
Neomega’s resin cockpits are highly regarded, with very good reason. This one cost me about £10 and includes some superb detail, smaller than my eye can see unaided and in all honesty, a little bit of a challenge to paint! As well as seats, instrument panel and main cockpit tub, it includes detailed joysticks and the complex central canopy support that sits between the two seats.
Detail matches the pictures in my Aerofax reference book well and all of the parts fit precisely together and into the kit itself.
Although parts fit is generally very good, the long horizontally split fuselage is rather difficult to align without “ledges” (although the resin canopy insert helps) and one or two other joins needed a little tidying up with Tippex as a filler.
The wings have an arrangement to allow sweep, but as the outer wing pylons cannot move to stay parallel with them, the modeller needs to decide on one position for the final model. I have chosen fully unswept, mainly for visual effect, but will try to keep them moveable to help with kit storage and transport.
From the many pictures available on the web, it does seem that the aircraft are usually parked on the ground at full sweep as below, but you can see the issue with the pylons!
Superbly detailed Neomega resin parts.
A little bit of filler never harms!
Filler sanded back and with an initial coat of Humbrol Ghost grey brushed on
White paint detail, some different grey shades and very nicely engineered undercarriage added
To finish off, I have added the final bits and bobs, plus weapons, then applied a
coat of Klear to improve the look of the canopies and assist in application of the
decals, which were generally OK although covered in a slightly browned sticky coating
I have modified the fairly simple kit decals to represent a (possibly ficticious)
Naval aircraft -
All in all, this was a most enjoyable build of a significant Cold-
Its a big kit when built, but really not too complex to assemble and it conveys well the capabilities and power of this impressive aircraft.