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Kinetic Aircraft 1/48 Sukhoi SU-33 Flanker D Kit

Kinetic 1/48 Sukhoi SU-33 Flanker D Kit

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The Sukhoi Su-33 (Russian: Сухой Су-33; NATO reporting name: Flanker-D) is an all-weather carrier-based twin-engine air superiority fighter, designed by Sukhoi and manufactured by Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association, derived from the Su-27 and initially known as the Su-27K. Compared with the Su-27, the Su-33 has a strengthened undercarriage and structure, folding wings and stabilators, all for carrier operations. The Su-33 has canards and its wings are larger than the Su-27 for increased lift. The Su-33 has upgraded engines and a twin nose wheel and is air refuelable.

The Su-27K entered service in the mid-1990s aboard the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. From December 1995 to March 1996, Admiral Kuznetsov set sail in the Mediterranean Sea, carrying two Su-25UTGs, nine Ka-27s, and 13 Su-27Ks. However, the aircraft officially entered service 31 August 1998 with the 279th Naval Fighter Regiment of the Northern Fleet based at Severomorsk-3, by which time it was officially designated the "Su-33".
Following the break-up of the Soviet Union and the subsequent downsizing of the Russian Navy, only 24 aircraft were produced. Attempted sales to China and India fell through. With plans to retire the Su-33 once they reach the end of their service life, the Russian Navy ordered the MiG-29K as a replacement in 2009. The Russian Navy currently operates 19 Su-33s.

On 15 November 2016, Sukhoi Su-33 fighter jets began conducting combat flights over Syria from Admiral Kuznetsov's flight deck in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

The Kinetic kit in 1/48 scale Kinetic released in 2015 an all-new and long-awaited 1/48th scale Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker-D. The kit comprises 253 parts in grey plastic, 10 parts in clear and markings for 19 aircraft from 1st and 2nd Squadrons. It is a very impressive kit, which features state-of-the-art surface textures, a very high level of detail, plenty of useful options and poseable parts. Panel lines, vents, access hatches and more are all depicted in their crisp recessed detail.

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