Kitty Hawk 1/48 Su-22M3/M4
|KIT #:||KH 80146|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The Sukhoi Su-22 (NATO reporting name: Fitter) is a Soviet variable-sweep wing fighter-bomber developed from the Sukhoi Su-7. It enjoyed a long career in Soviet, later Russian, service and was widely exported to Eastern Bloc, Arab air forces, Angola and Peru as the Su-20 and Su-22. It is the first variable-sweep wing of Russian/Soviet origin. The Su-17 set a number of world records. The Su-20 and Su-22 had the same airframe as the Soviet Su-17, but had degraded avionics and weapons capabilities, typical of export Soviet aircraft.
Kitty Hawk has been producing quite a few kits that modelers have really been wanting. They concentrate in 1/48 and 1/32 scale for their offerings and I know there are folks who would love to see some of these in 1/72, but its current marketing is working very well for them.
This most recent release is the most modern of the Su-17/20/22 family concentrating on the M3 and the M4 variants of the Su-22. The biggest visual difference is the intake at the base of the fin for the M4 version. Externally, it is very difficult to tell the difference between the Su-17 and the Su-22 versions, so it is not surprising that this kit has the same sprues and p.e. of the earlier Su-17 release.
Kitty Hawk likes to provide the builder with a lot of detail and so there are features you will not find on most other kits. For one thing, you get a full engine, complete with accessory section. In fact, if one wants, they could probably build the kit undergoing maintenance with the rear fuselage section removed. A nicely done cockpit is included and it is here that some of the photo etch is used for a seat harness. The cockpit side consoles and instrument panel are nicely detailed and Kitty Hawk provides decals as well. Other uses for the photo etch fret is for detailing on the fuselage mounted chaff/flare dispensers and as brackets for attaching weapons mounts to the pylons.
As you have guessed, the fuselage is in forward and rear sections. This will be quite useful for Kitty Hawk when doing the two seater. Upper fuselage fairings are also separate. This allows one to use the forward fin insert of choice. Russian Tumansky powered jets are known for lots of scoops in the rear and so it is with this one. The four speed brakes can also be posed open if one wishes.
Since this is a swing wing aircraft, one builds up the inner and outer wing sections separately. There is no mechanism so it is your choice how it will be modeled. The outer wing includes separate flaps and slats while the inner section contains the main landing gear. The gear wells are built up of separate inner walls. If you have built other Kitty Hawk kits, this is pretty much standard fare.
You would expect a big, hulking Russian fighter bomber to have a lot of weapons and pylons and here the kit does not disappoint. A wide range bombs, missiles and rockets and rocket pods are included in the kit. There is also a KKR-17 centerline pod which I believe is a recce pod as two of the markings options are for reconnaissance aircraft. The instructions provide a load-out diagram, which is quite helpful.
Instructions are very nicely drawn and provide Gunze paint references. Seven markings options are provided from a variety of nations. You get planes from Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, East Germany, Unified Germany, Iraq, Vietnam, Poland and Syria. Kitty Hawk supplies a really killer decal sheet with this one including a couple of special schemes. You do get a mix of M3 and M4 options. If using the kit decals, which are very nicely done, you'll need to make a choice somewhat early in the build. You also get full weapons decals, and a placement/color guide for them. I'm not really sure if all these weapons are ones actually carried by the Su-22, so you may want to confer with other sources to get a proper load-out.
Those who like Soviet and Russian aircraft will really like this one. The detailing is excellent and while I'm sure it is not a slammer, careful building will result in an outstanding model. Having all those markings options is a real bonus as well. I should also mention that while no nose weight was indicated, there is room for it and I'd add some just to be sure.
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