|REVIEWER:||Carmel J. Attard|
|NOTES:||Added Pavla Models resin set|
The Su-15 Flagon was of enormous
importance serving as the standard interceptor at bases across the length and
breadth of the former
In 1967 the Su-15 entered service
with the Soviet Air Defence Troops and gradually replaced the Su-9, Su-11 as
well as Yak-25Ms and Yak-28Ps. The first Su-15 landed at the 148th
Pilot Combat Training Centre at Savasleyka, which is 93 miles South east of
Gorky, Nizhniy Novgorod. The first unit with the Su-15 was the 611th
Fighter Regiment of the Air Defence Forces at Dorokhova, 43 miles west of
Pilots liked the aircraft for its safety, resulting from the use of 2 engines and an automatic approach system and for its light agreeable handling. Statistical data regarding the first 10 years of the Su-15 in service were published. Of the 547,055 hours in the air, some 37 aircraft were lost during the time, giving loss index of 6.76 per 100,000 hours. During the whole of Su-15 service until 1992 the loss index amounted to 6.2. This may be compared with almost 10 for the Mig-25, 11.5 for the Mig-31, 6 for the Boeing F-15 and 10 for the Lockheed Martin F-16.
Enters the 2-seat version.
handling was regarded as good by Soviet standard the Su-15 was quite a ‘hot
ship’ and the provision of a two-seat trainer for conversion was necessary. The
first generation of Su-15UT carried no armament or combat systems, although
dummy missiles were often fitted. Design on the trainer version started in 1965.
Due to disputes connected with choice of radar this delayed its construction
work. In 1967 decision was in favour of Taifun radar. The prototype flew in
August 1968 and completion of state acceptance tests on
The Su-15 UM was a tandem two-seat trainer version of the basic fighter with the instructor’s cockpit at the rear and the front cockpit accommodate a pupil. They had a common canopy with separate rear-hinged panels, and communication was via an SPU-19 intercom system. KS-4 ejector seats were installed. With lack of radar and weapons the Su-15UT was suitable only for pilot training and its performance was not as good as the single-seat Su-15. It was common to see them carrying missile mock-ups under the wings.
This kit has been stored in my stash for a number of years but in spite of its popularity among modern jet fighter only recently I got the opportunity to build it especially now that Pavla Models released a number of resin kit update devoted to the Su-15. Strictly speaking the Pavla resin detail parts sets are intended to update the more recently released kit of the Su-15UT and Su-15UM by Trumpeter. However, I also found that a very satisfactory kit build will result even if one resort to using the Pioneer 2 Su-21 (Su-15). The Pioneer 2 Sukhoi comes under the title Su-21G Flagon, a two-seat trainer version. This in fact was the Su-15UM.
The Pioneer series now includes the Flagon A, G, F and C. The kit was very welcomed when released having good surface finish. Moulded in light blue grey plastic with raised and engraved panel lines with cockpit detail very sparse consisting of an office floor and two simple ejection seats. The fuselage is split vertically and having a separate single piece fin and rudder. Main planes are split top and bottom parts, the lower one being a single piece. Tail planes are single solid pieces, which come on the thick section side. I did not find the undercarriage as adequately detailed but nothing much one can do considering the size of the items. The doors are on the thick side and it is imperative to sand this down to half their thickness. The pylons provided are of the wrong shape and detail and again needs to attend to. Two missiles are provided and decorate the aircraft when fitted. These had the fin section thickness reduced to half its thickness by sanding. Assembly instructions show exploded views, which clearly displays placing of all parts. Decals are simple, consisting of six red stars and individual aircraft numbers to go on either side of the fuselage positioned on the air intakes. All in all the kit is rather easy to put together, the basic parts are there but even at this scale the kit yearns for more detail. The kit has a total of 34 parts and a single clear canopy of rather thick section. No mention is made of the actual colours but all Su-15 trainers were finished in natural metal.
The resin parts were painted in accordance to Pavla instructions and were gently inserted in the cockpit. The ejection seats were complete in every respect as also were the side console parts that required little sanding at the back to allow enough space for inserting the seats. The new true shape of the resin radome was wider in diameter and this was mainly due to the fact that the Pioneer kit was too narrow at the nose area as compared with scale plans I have available. To correct this difference I have inserted a fillet, 1.5 mm in thickness, between the forward areas of the fuselage halves. This got closer to the resin diameter and little filler faired the area as required. I found difficulty in locating the exact position of the kit canopy as there was no reference indication on the kit itself but had to resort to outside scale plans to ensure the right placing. I did not fit the resin intakes which come with one of the sets but could manage rearrange the same kit intakes, reducing them in size.
1 Replace the two air intake scopes at rear fuselage sides and add three smaller ones to both sides. Note that the Su-15 UM had the additional large intakes at top of rear engines.
2 Fit new kit nose cone from pack U72-105.
3 Add fairings to nose wheel doors
4 Antennae at tail planes were replaced with metal pins and bent upwards.
5 Thin down the leading and trailing edges
7 Wing fences were thinned down to half their thickness by scraping.
8 Thin down section thickness of wheel well doors
9 Outboard and inner missile pylons were rebuilt to a different shape and section.
10 Add a set of three short aerials under the fuselage forward section and repeat at rear of wings.
11 Long plastic pipes added to engine outlet interiors.
12 Wheel wells were detailed ref to drawings.
Nose wheel leg increased by 2 mm
in height so that the model has the correct inclined sit.
14 The ‘L’ shaped nose antenna was left out on this version.
I added another pair of missiles to the inboard pylons type P-60M x 2 besides the Pair of P-98MP all of which were dummy missiles. These came from modern Soviet weapons air to air missile set 2504-02.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
The Su-15 trainers were metal finish and a mix of different grades or shades of silver was applied to the whole of aircraft. The missiles carried are finished in semi gloss white having a tan coloured nose cone. Cockpit interior was deep light blue. The remaining of interior detail was as per Pavla instructions.
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