KIT: OEZ 1/48 SU-7 BKL/BMK
KIT #: ?
PRICE: Around 5 euros in 1991
DECALS: Four options
REVIEWER: Stefan Buysee
NOTES:  

HISTORY

The Su-7 was pretty much a Soviet equivalent of the Republic F-105: conceived in the late 1950s, same type of mission, big, fast at low level and a reputation for toughness. It saw combat in the Arab-Israeli wars and in the 1971 war between India and Pakistan.  

THE KIT

At the end of the Cold War, there was a Czechoslovak company called OEZ. They released some of the best 1/48 scale models of Soviet jets: a Mig-21 in 1988, a Su-7 in 1989 and a Su-25 in 1990.

It has recessed panel lines which still look good to me today.

The kit came a number of  rockets, bombs, RATO bottles and droptanks.

There are 2 sets of lower wings, so the BKL and the BMK version of the Su-7 can be built. The BKL has reinforced landing gear for operations from semi-prepared strips.

Decals are provided for  Su-7 BKLs of the Soviet and Czechoslovak air forces and Su-7 BMKs of the Algerian and Indian air forces.

I gather that many Su-7s had features of both the BKL and BMK version because of upgrades to older airframes. But very few if any of the Su-7s exported to countries with hot climates like Algeria, Egypt or India seem to have had the reinforced landing gear.

 The kit was re-released by Esci in 1990, with Polish and Soviet decals and was also re-issued by KoPro. It is quite easily found.

May 2006

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