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Su-34 in 2034...

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Originally I wanted to do a MAKS 2017 Red 17... Got carried away with the weathering... :) So this is now a hypothetical scenario how a Su-34 may look in 2034... They age so beautifully, I could not resist... :)

 

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This album is attached to project Su-34 Fullback.

Albums: 2 with 117 images
1:48
Completed
1:48 Russian Su-34 Fullback Fighter-Bomber (Hobby Boss 81756)1:48 Su-34 (Eduard BIG49175)
Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback
RU Military Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily Rossii (Russian Air Force 1991-now)
Red 05 |
Dark Green-Blue, Medium Green-Blue, Light Green-Blue
 

Comments

1. March at 20:41:57 Share
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Palo M Looking good!
1. March at 22:47:10
Palo M Saw the box in a store today, that thing is big!
8. March at 22:17:47
Palo M Nice update, PE parts looking good!
25. March at 16:15:25
Bryn Crandell Watching this one.
25. March at 21:00:51
James C Off to a great start.
28. March at 17:29:36
Slavo Hazucha Cockpit done and resting in it's place... A blend of the original kit, the very good Eduard interior sets and some scratch-built parts. No two Su-34 seem identical, so I guess this is a blend of everything from the prototypes up to today's planes :) Next up is the canopy interior and an attempt at the curtains...
28. March at 17:59:16
Bryn Crandell The detail in the cockpit is amazing. With that much glass to look through you almost have to dress it up.
29. March at 18:23:45
Slavo Hazucha You are right Bryn, I would put some obligatory photos of the pilots girlfriends in there if I could print such small stuff ;)
29. March at 20:13:28
Michael Phillips Oh yeah, count me in for this one!!!!! That cockpit looks fantastic, you are off to a brilliant start. I think this is the first 48th Fullback I have seen built on Scalemates. This is gonna be a fun follow!
30. March at 00:38:50
Slavo Hazucha Thanks a lot guys for the early-build cheer-ups, I see I´m being watched by some formidable company... :) Some having done their own great contributions to the flanker family... Well, here is a weekends workload of updates, the cockpit area is now done. This is what it is... Up to the landing gear and engines then! :)
31. March at 17:40:13
Nathan Dempsey Great looking cockpit. This is going to be a fun build.
31. March at 17:40:57
Slavo Hazucha To prevent further fiddling with the cockpit I sealed the canopy on now :) That should do it for the foreseeable future... started work on the landing gear too...
9. April at 16:28:05
Slavo Hazucha A heavy metal focused weekend starting... Happy easter mates! :)
20. April at 08:01:15
Slavo Hazucha And this is how it went... a couple of fails & bck to primer loops, this is finally a result on the engines and stabilators I think I can live with...
24. April at 16:07:16
Michael Phillips Oh man this keeps getting better and better! So much good reference material for when I start my own build, particularly the curtain mechanism and curtains themselves. I also love the patina effect on the horizontal stabs. Really nice work so far Slavo!
24. April at 17:16:08
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Michael, motivation is highly appreciated! No two real-world Su-34´s seem to be truly identical, so I am picking what I like from multiple sources while vaguely going for the final look as seen on the MAKS 2017... The kit is a great base to work with so far, I recommend getting the BIG ED, kit engine nozzles deliver enough for my standards (but I´ll get those vectoring ones from AMUR when it´s time for an Su-35 or Su-30)
25. April at 09:44:27
Slavo Hazucha Somewhat more substantial update... :) This is my first model after almost 20 years of abstinence... I could not keep myself from the weathering experiments... So this is now a Su-34 back from the future, where they will look so lovely worn-out like Russian jets do when left in the sun & rain...
11. May at 11:12:49
Palo M Looking great!
11. May at 11:27:05
Nathan Dempsey The camo came out great!
11. May at 11:28:57
James C Looking awesome. Nice vibrant colours on that camouflage!
11. May at 19:09:29
Tim Heimer Nice work Slavo!
11. May at 20:02:35
Michael Phillips That looks great Slavo! The weathering looks fantastic. Quick question, what paints did you use for the camo? I have one of these in the stash and have not yet decided which paint to use. Yours looks pretty right to my eye...
11. May at 21:02:57
Clifford Keesler Very very nice.
11. May at 21:09:53
Nigel Absolutely superb camouflage and weathering there, Slavo! Inspirational!
11. May at 21:24:06
Slavo Hazucha Thanks mates for all the encouragement!! - there is still some way to go on the project, so it's all much appreciated & needed :) Michael, I cut some corners by using MRP colors for almost everything on this model (pic.21 - metals) - 202,203,204 are the specific camo colors for this scheme. Not much to do wrong :) They come pre-thinned for airbrushing and do their job really well...
11. May at 21:48:33
Michael Phillips Ah, I know MRP well, I use it quite often and love it. Good to know you used those, gives me an excuse to buy some more if their paint.

Thanks for letting me know!
11. May at 22:02:46
Scott Dutton That's beautiful, great camo, beautiful weathering
11. May at 23:41:51
Bryn Crandell Camo work is spot on. Weathering is subtle but very effective and realistic. I am going to have to get some MRP paints for my russian birds.
14. May at 21:16:04
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Scott & Bryn! @MRP colors - I am just all-round happy with them for airbrushing, they come pre-thinned, cover is excellent even with super-thin layers... Not much use for anything else than airbrushing of course... Less happy with their primer & varnishes, but maybe that was just me doing something not 100% right there...
15. May at 05:34:55
Chris Greathouse I love the colors of the camo. Weathering and details are great!
15. May at 06:10:30
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Chris!

In the meantime, I finally decided & did some work on the armament... Researching Russian/Post-Soviet weapons introduced the fun that there appear to be only vague conventions on their finish, including all test, fake, airshow & co versions, but I finally decided on a 2BVR AA (long R-27's) + 2 close-range AA (R-73) and 3 AG missiles (2x Kh-31, 1x Kh-59). It's basically the config shown on MAKS (but there with fake missiles), but there were recent firing tests of these missiles from Su-34's, so I guess it's realistic...

Here is the result on the R-27's (the real deal, the highly popular zebra-stripes used on airshow/fakes afaik) and the Kh-31. MRP metals were a pleasure to work with again... :)
19. May at 18:52:51
Nigel Love the finish on those weapons...almost steampunk! :)
19. May at 21:57:58
Nathan Dempsey Those weapons came out awesome Slavo!
19. May at 22:15:52
Clifford Keesler Agree with Nathan, awesome weapons.
19. May at 23:32:31
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Nigel, Nathan & Clifford! A steampunk scratch-built rocket pod-racer is still an option if "something goes terribly wrong" on one of the remaining jobs on the Su-34 :)
20. May at 09:05:23
Holger Kranich Very very nice Slavo!
20. May at 09:30:55
Soeren . Indeed a really nice Fullback
20. May at 10:20:23
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Holger & Sören! Just updated my task-list, still 200 lines of individual jobs to do until finish...
20. May at 16:18:26
Slavo Hazucha Fullback now ready for arming... Added the Kh-59 cruise missile, it needed some love & care & I added a few bits from an old smartphone to make the "eye" look somewhat better... The R-73 nozzles were also lightly updated... Landing gear up next! :)
25. May at 10:47:56
Nigel That is looking gooooooood, Slavo
25. May at 12:31:10
Spanjaard Amazing job
25. May at 12:35:42
Neuling Top colours and weathering! As far as I´m concerned mother nature also got carried away with weathering. Problem is I don`t age so beautifully as your formidable plane!
25. May at 13:53:10
Spanjaard LOL I agree with Neuling
25. May at 14:45:29
Nathan Dempsey I'm putting off my Su-34 until everyone forgets how beautiful this one is. Great work Slavo! Getting so close to the big finish...
25. May at 14:53:41
Slavo Hazucha Thanks mates, it's a great motivation! I'll try to avoid dishonor in the finale :)

@Neuling - the comparison with the forces of nature is quite well placed, especially regarding my pace...
Also, maybe we could start a petition to Winsor & Newton to bring out a "for men" product line of anti-aging and weathering oils... ;)

@Nathan - It would be cool seeing you build one! The Hobby Boss kit is mostly a walk in the park, leaving you a lot of time & energy to focus on things you like...
25. May at 17:28:53
Clifford Keesler It looks amazing Slavo.
26. May at 04:07:30
Topper Harley Супер!!!
27. May at 16:28:10
Martien Lourens Amazing work.
27. May at 19:34:34
Konrad Limmer Awesome
27. May at 20:32:23
Vladimir Sergeev Incredible detailing and painting! The work of the master.
27. May at 20:37:05
Chip H Wow! Great work. The best thing about Russian stuff is that it can look brand new or weathered badly and it's still "right". Excellent!
27. May at 20:51:30
Slavo Hazucha Thanks a lot mates for the words of encouragement :) Really appreciated!

@Malkinn - agree on Russian jets - the more you neglect them, the better they look... And if something goes a bit wrong with weathering, you can still tweak it a bit, declare it for "intended" and get away with it ;)
27. May at 22:09:50
Slavo Hazucha Had some difficulties finding proper time for the hobby in the past days - not really worth calling this a progress, but here we stand, at least with one leg...
4. June at 09:29:08
Nathan Dempsey Still Slavo, every time you post progress we get to see something really nice!
4. June at 11:54:58
Holger Kranich Looks fantastic so far!
4. June at 11:55:49
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Nathan and Holger! The rubber tires require some attention, I hope to get the main gear done this week...
4. June at 16:22:09
James C Coming along nicely Slavo. Looking fantastic
4. June at 19:40:55
Bryn Crandell Nose gear looks amazing!
4. June at 20:20:09
Clifford Keesler Agree, the nose gear is stunning.
4. June at 22:44:21
Slavo Hazucha Thanks James, Bryn & Clifford! I manage to do only that much of tiny wires pre-bending, positioning, gluing and painting per-day without lasting mental damage... now 50% through the main gear, pictures coming within 48 hours :D
5. June at 12:25:09
Kerry COX That is some impressive work you have done there. :)
5. June at 12:29:18
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Kerry! Being on scalemates and watching all the great stuff you and many others are creating is quite some inspiration & motivation :)

Standalone landing gear builds are now finished, there is still a decent line-up of parts & cables coming after it connects to the airframe.

This was my first time working with rubber tires, which was interesting, particularly the weathering. Sticky, unyielding stuff, creating its own gravitation field & immediately bonding with every particle of dust & debris on the table...

Also had a first "meh" experience with MRP colors - the metal on the LG should be MRP "chrome", but it barely stands up to the expectation. went on black base & co... on a used Russian plane, I guess the result is still OK, but I need to work out what I did wrong... Anyone got experience with "Mirror-like metallic surfaces & how to spray them?"
7. June at 12:19:47
Holger Kranich Moin Slavo, i have no experiance with MRP but when it comes to metallic sufaces, i absolutely relie on Alclad II coloures!
7. June at 12:34:27
Michael Drover That's some tidy work Slavo. I love the blinds in the cockpit and your work on the ordnance too. Tagging along for the ride home on this one. Great stuff indeed.
7. June at 13:03:14
Nathan Dempsey Wow those rear gear came out really great. I'll be relying on your pics when I build mine.
7. June at 16:08:04
Kerry COX I agree with Holger and the BMF application. :)
7. June at 17:06:02
Chris Greathouse The detail work is amazing!
7. June at 18:34:36
Slavo Hazucha Holger, Michael, Nathan, Kerry & Chris - thank you gentlemen for the support & tips!

I heard a lot about Alclads, but I did not try them yet... I am just returning to the hobby after many years & building up my tools & materials base. MRP's so far worked great, even the metals, but Alclad seems to be the way in the future. Already looking forward to try something new!

@ Nathan - Being used as a source was quite beyond my original scope with this build, I feel obliged to do more research now :) I collected a decent amount of Su-34 references, will dig some more & when it's done post links & stuff here.
7. June at 20:16:36
Clifford Keesler Very nice landing gear.
7. June at 20:31:56
Nathan Dempsey Slavo: For me it's not always about references, but what looks good and the detail on yours is simply beautiful. I hope mine even attains a small percentage of what your kit looks like and I'll be happy for sure. I really liked those pics you put on the other thread of the eggplant colored Sukhoi. I now plan to do mine in this color. On the tires I purchased the Eduard set as I've never been able to get the rubber ones to look right. For the polished metal on the landing gear, I have always used Bare Metal Foil as I lack the skills with the metal paints .
7. June at 21:42:14
Slavo Hazucha I will be glad to be helpful in any way! I got your point & agree, trust me, my model includes a lot of "free artistic interpretation"... I just find it a nice side-challenge with Russian gear to puzzle together a good background for the model. The Kit i.e features a production version cockpit, but also several prototype features (like the nose, which in my humble opinion does not require an aftermarket replacement, but can be quite easily be sanded to reasonably proper shape...) & the cannon cooling grilles are not 100% ok, but there I did not bother to correct... I am sure you will do great, perhaps get the BIG ED pack of PE's & masks (mine did stick ;) ), then your "weathered Eggplant" will be a home run!
8. June at 07:46:26
Bernhard Schrock Great work especially painting and detailing of the undercarriage.
8. June at 17:44:13
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Bernhard - still some way to go in this area!

Finished one main LG well now - the result is a mix of references I believe come from the prototype, some real prod plane footage & a portion of Tolkien... :) Now I have to do it on the other side as well...
11. June at 16:43:10
Nigel That is /insane/! :o

When I see stuff like this, it makes me think that I should give up :(
11. June at 16:54:54
Mathieu Duvivier Slavo this is great modelling. Very inspiring
11. June at 17:12:09
Nathan Dempsey Very nice.
11. June at 19:43:33
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Nigel, Math & Nathan!

@Nigel - no giving up on my humble watch please, there are masters here that outmatch me in airbrush, weathering, metal finish skills & co by a number of leagues... We love what we do (most the time I guess... ;) ), the way is the goal (the product once finished being pretty useless to the world in general :) ) - there is no way a few pics of a bunch of bent wires could mislead you from the path...
11. June at 21:27:12
Daniel well, that ol' bunch of bent wires just blew me away, wheel wells look fantastic . I also like how you toned down and weathered those in-your-face-Colors, which sometimes make them look like toy planes. Yours looks like a well used weapon of war. Top notch modelling slavo
11. June at 22:36:55
Clifford Keesler Beautiful, How do you do stuff like that? That is just beyond amazing.
11. June at 23:30:37
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Daniel & Clifford! - it´s very motivating to see people notice those things I really focused to achieve, like the type of finish & colors - this side is done & sealed now, I´ll post some work-in-progress pics from the other in 1-2 days showing how things go together.
12. June at 10:01:44
Nathan Dempsey I was finally able to look at this on my home computer . Amazing work on the piping Slavo!
12. June at 11:40:19
James C Fabulous detailing Slavo. Looking amazing!
15. June at 19:35:02
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Nathan - I´m learning & getting a lot of inspirations en-route, so it´s mostly good fun...

I now did the other side (right) main well - I added some step-by-step descriptions of how I did what - for the most part, the whole thing is not so spectacular in my opinion - it is the final combination of dry-brushing & oil wash, color & the actual light conditions in the gear well that combined create the final effect.

I work with 3D computer graphics for a long time now, trying to achieve realistic lighting & colors... I took this from a "render" perspective - we see real planes landing gears & wells always from below, generally in shadow, never in bright sunlight - but the model is taken up and looked at usually in full light to see the details - yet we expect the LG to look like "real" - seen in the shadow, colors more dull & corners more dark - I tried to re-produce this principle & effect, toning down & de-saturating and de-contrasting colors in several steps & this is how the attempt ended...
15. June at 19:37:41
Maciej Bellos Grest build!
15. June at 19:47:36
Clifford Keesler It looks amazing.
15. June at 20:44:51
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Maciej & Clifford - all in all, I am happy this is dealt with now... Starting to see the faintest glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for this project now :D
16. June at 06:05:46
Roland Sachsenhofer A great outcome- and a well documented building report.
16. June at 07:09:52
Nathan Dempsey Each part of this build is it's own little masterpiece. Thanks for walking us through the methods as well!
16. June at 11:50:45
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Roland & Nathan! Doing the walkthrough actually helped me a lot to complete the same job on the other well... Got the light blue coat on the lower fuselage now too, but not worth posting yet :) Really can recommend MRP paints for airbrushing!
16. June at 18:50:57
Jos Jansen What a great details....superb!
16. June at 19:07:26
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Jos!

A little life-sign from the Su-34 project - I´ve been struggling with the intakes & nacelles assembly a lot, but it is now in place and being worked at... Everything +/- heavy work in progress here, started weathering on one side, but that is not finished either. Will take a few days more until I get the result I am looking for, but we´ll get there in time...
23. June at 18:26:12
Clifford Keesler It just gets more amazing every time I see it Slavo. You sir are a true craftsman.
24. June at 00:28:56
Slavo Hazucha That's a great compliment from a man who dusts off and re-scribes a 48-scale Viggen while I struggle with one wheel and a gear-well door! :) Some more progress made, lower airframe is still Work in progress with many To-Do's, the engines now have the rough layer on, will leave the oils to dry before starting the next layer of detailing and weathering.
24. June at 18:58:51
Nathan Dempsey Judging from the size of this model, the weathering will take forever! Keep soldiering on Slavo!
24. June at 19:12:56
Kerry COX Some special detail here and not unseen.
Great work all round.
24. June at 19:48:55
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Clifford, Nathan and Kerry! - formidable company, I'll keep giving my best and defeat this build in reasonable steps one at a time! Flare dischargers up next... Now I even feel a slight breeze of fresh air coming from the end of the tunnel ;)
24. June at 22:14:42
Kerry COX I was fascinated and so pleased to see just how much detail your creating in this build. I tipps my lid. ;)
24. June at 22:28:44
Nathan Dempsey Ahhh the flare dischargers! I look forward to this part as I have no clear images of the real thing.
24. June at 22:49:21
Holger Kranich What a abeauty, Slavo!
25. June at 06:36:32
Roland Sachsenhofer That is just a peace of art- what a pleasure to watch it grow!
25. June at 06:57:22
Peter Hardy Slavo, that is fantastic mate! I LOVE Russian fast jets, they have such beautiful lines, like an Italian hypercar. You have done the weathering to perfection. And the detail! Just beautiful mate, beautiful! So much work, just to keep us entertained! Thank you!
25. June at 09:49:47
Slavo Hazucha Kerry, Nathan, Holger, Roland & Peter - thanks a lot mates, your eyes on the build & the comments are the fuel that keeps this thing going! (literally, I picked more than a thing or two from having a look at what you have built and posted here) :) Thanks again & I´ll soldier on to get this one finished in a reasonable time now - I am back to the hobby after a long time, still finding a balance between this & work & family... :)

@Peter - I think 4th generation in general brings some of the best lines & raw power we are ever going to see in the air, from early Tomcats to late Flankers, just a joy to watch (& build) - add that "Winner of Le Mans" surface touch the Russian birds collect over the years of service and it´s all an aircraft-affine modeler can ask for...
25. June at 10:12:32
Holger Kranich I fully agree with the 4´th generation of fighters!
25. June at 11:07:18
Chris Greathouse I love the dirty blue weathered color :) and fast jets are always awesome :)
25. June at 18:47:01
Stephan Ryll Very nice progress the colours look great :)
25. June at 20:07:58
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Holger, Chris and Stephan! Chris & Stephan - MRP colors (less so metals & varnishes) really give you that extra bit of... "color" I guess for a lack of a better word... Cannot stress enough how happy I am with these!

Minor progress - basic weathering on one wing (leading edge will be sprayed in a light-greyish color, which I want to look less weathered, so that area is left out for now), tried to go for a palticular matt/gloss mix

And, last but not least, the flare dispensers - all in all a fun part to play with - it´s a PE from the Eduard BIG ED, which I heartily recommend to anyone going to build this kit in the future. The part is NOT on the exterior PE sheet, but comes on the extended INTERIOR plates, because... that makes you buy both, I guess...

Also, I noticed that the tail sting often collects a lot of oil & grime on the real planes, so I let go a little bit more on this area.
26. June at 19:43:27
bughunter Wow, that is a great show and build Looks amazing!
26. June at 21:11:01
Clifford Keesler Looking awesome sir.
27. June at 03:25:59
Michael Phillips Amazing. Slavo, your detail work and paint weathering is among the best I have seen, period. And your step by step pics are inspiring, to say the least. I am eager to see each step forward on this project!
27. June at 03:51:01
Donald Dickson II Absolutely jaw droppingly amazing.
27. June at 03:57:03
Lode Schildermans Well Slavo, I do understand now why you're progressing 'slowly'. Each detail is so worked out, that is takes a lot of time. But believe me, at the end you'll find nothing else than satisfaction having it done. The realism in this build is simply amazing
27. June at 08:43:09
Soeren . That are a lot of amazings details and a perfect eye for stuff like that!
27. June at 08:48:21
Jos Jansen Nice subtle weathering Slavo....you have great craftsmanship qualities !!
27. June at 09:06:54
Slavo Hazucha Thanks bughunter, Clifford, Michael, Donald, Lode, Soeren and Jos! It´s almost done now - 2 last detail areas, some surface work & decals and: bingo! I feel the final countdown running now, but being cheered-up by all your great comments is the greatest motivation of them all, many thanks for that :)
27. June at 09:26:00
Daniel Klink Looks amazing and Punky Really like it
27. June at 09:37:51
Kerry COX I remember the F-111 I filmed and photographed having all the grime and graphite dust all over the back end, and here is a perfect representation of that effect.
Great attention to detail. :)
27. June at 13:43:27
Slavo Hazucha Ooooh, the F-111 - I love that plane, roaring at low altitude, wings folded to one sharp triangle and that line of the "neck" behind the cockpit...

Building one is actually quite high on my ToDo list, and it´s going to be a Kangaroo-bearer for sure - the dark grey suit. The US-camo breaks the ageless form too much IMO... and I also appear to have an unfavorable eye-to-stomach reaction to that particular shade of light brown used on those...

I just need to find a suitable late-vintage, almost at-the-end of service life & proudly showing its scars of heavy use reference specimen :)
27. June at 14:20:27
Palo M Slavo, you built a F111 many years ago, are there no photos? I assume the built model itself is "lost".
27. June at 17:37:56
Slavo Hazucha It was this one, in '93 or '94, I think it was maybe the first kit I airbrushed:

F-111E Aardvark (Hasegawa 04036, 1:72)

If there is an accidental photo, it would be on 35mm film in some dusty family album :D Not aware of anything in existence... Time for a new one!

1:72 F-111E Aardvark (Hasegawa 04036)
27. June at 18:34:51
Kerry COX Slavo. The Australian 'Pig' F-111 from Hobby Boss i/48 kit, in my humble opinion is the best kit on the market, as it has EVERYTHING in the way of detail. just a great kit.
27. June at 20:42:48
Kerry COX Slavo, I built a Hobby Boss 'Pig' a few years back and it has some amazing detail if your looking to do oe again, and this is why I post the link to my build to give you some ideas. :) Done in te old SEA cammo. Hobby Boss. F-111 with SEA Cammo | Album by RedRoo
27. June at 20:45:41
James C Fabulous detailing and weathering Slavo. I pity the poor soul who tries to follow in your footsteps with this kit.
27. June at 20:53:24
Slavo Hazucha Kerry thanks for the Aardvark connection!

James, I would not worry... The kit practically builds itself alone, just a touch with the cement brush here and there... so all your "esprit" can go into details and stuff you just want to have fun with ;) Building Ruskie gear is fun! You do it well - leave it well done... Made a mistake? - weather over it and declare it legit... ;)
27. June at 22:27:23
Peter Hardy I hate it when KC is right, and he is, again! Slavo, PLEASE put a late version of an Aussie Pig on your build list. They were a menacingly good looking plane! Love to see what you could do with one!!! please??
28. June at 02:31:07
Spanjaard Those engines look weathered to perfection. Well, all done to perfection, really. Life is right, do not rush, take your time, this beast deserves the love you are pouring on it!
28. June at 08:46:26
Bart Goesaert oh boy... sure glad to not having missed this one completely... fantastic work... from start to finish...
28. June at 12:23:18
Slavo Hazucha Bart, glad to have you on board even at a late stage... this was not a fast build anyway...

Spanjaard, thanks a lot - actually the build is a chain of many +/- rush & push sessions whenever I find the time, which is the main problem... work-life-hobby balance issues... :)
28. June at 18:54:03
Slavo Hazucha Peter, since the upkeep of good Austrian-Australian relations is of utmost concern to me, I will try to follow suit at a brisk pace! Research & order preparations already ongoing... Just hope I´ll not insult a whole continent with whatever the result will be... ;)
28. June at 18:57:01
Slavo Hazucha And here comes yet another incremental update:

- one of the last 2 detail areas ticked off - the retractable underbelly sensor array!
- surface, decals & weathering of the underside complete - opening a view on one mean-shaped Christmas tree silhouette! Weapons a dry fit, but this is the layout...
28. June at 19:01:02
Holger Kranich Nice loadout!!! Its taking shape, Slavo! She´s got a beautiful shape, awesome!
28. June at 19:04:58
Nathan Dempsey Looking nice Slavo! I decided even if I dont use it I'm definitely building that monster missile you have on the center pylon. Going to look great with the landing gear attached :)
28. June at 19:09:39
Clifford Keesler Looking very nice sir.
29. June at 01:20:21
Stephan Ryll Looking very good Slavo
29. June at 08:04:35
Peter Hardy You know Slavo, if I was around in 2034 and I won a competition to go up for a flight in that thing, I wouldn't go. With all that leaking hydraulics the wheels might go up but they won't come down!
29. June at 08:28:10
Hans Robben Awesome build!
29. June at 08:37:59
Agustin Prellezo Fantastic work!
29. June at 09:12:00
Christian Bruer Excellent work
29. June at 10:06:18
Slavo Hazucha Holger, Nathan, Clifford, Stephan, Peter, Hans, Augustin and Christian - thanks mates for bearing with me through this soap opera of a build... :)

Holger - the load-out is copied from configurations that were flown on MAKS airshow (with dummy weapons) - I have my doubts about the realism though - in Syria Su-34s flew much lighter configs - but I am quite sure the plane could lift it, at least for a short spin around the field :)

Nathan - The "for Mother Russia!" monster cruise missile was a fun side build, the kit version is somewhat simplified, but easy to pimp-up. Looking forward very much to see your version of this very nice kit go live!

Peter - In Soviet Russia, oil & hydraulic fluid do not leak, they lubricate the plane from the outside!! *

* Modelers short guide of excuses; Chapter 5: Over-weathered aircraft, tip 47 :D
29. June at 11:03:00
Palo M Slavo: I think we keep the Austrian-Australian dialogue running quite well :). The F111 might indeed be the most interesting "down under" plane to build, though Australia recently received the first batch of F-35, which could also be nice, if not that weathered. And a MQ-4C Triton could be fun too, just not sure if there is a model kit.
29. June at 17:49:14
29. June at 17:50:21
Scott Dutton Slavo / Palo, Austria Vs Australia, I always remember seeing a T-Shirt in Austria "No Kangaroos Here" with a cross through the Kangaroo, and the title Austria.
Yes F-111 best looking aircraft here, though we have some nice nose art on WW2 birds. Yes just got JSF, I just presented a framed print of one from our recent airshow to my work for my retirement. Its an awesome aircraft as well. Saw a nice 2 seat Classic Hornet as well, in Tiger meet scheme, with Taail having Classic Hornet 1985 - 2019, its pretty cool, though I haven't found decals for it. Let me know if I can give you any help Aussie wise.
30. June at 09:59:54
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Laurent, happy you like it & welcome on board for the finish!

Palo, Scott, Peter, Kerry & anyone else potentially interested in the Australian F-111 topic:

I am really keen to start an Australian Pig soon, and I do have a lot of questions - started a new project on that:

Australian F-111 | Project by slavatarko (1:48)

You are most welcome to drop me a line & help me with some preps on the project!
30. June at 11:54:06
Clifford Keesler That is one beautiful looking Fullback.
30. June at 21:19:27
Kerry COX Here are some images I took at Amberly air base of the "Boneyard wrangler". in 1997. IF your looking for some detail for your 'Pig'. :) The "Boneyard Wrangler" . | Album by RedRoo
30. June at 22:04:47
Slavo Hazucha No mates, it´s not finished... :D but it will be very, very soon...

Before I get there however, a story of horror and (temporary) despair is to be shared...

I was working on some last details on the underside of my slightly over-stretched Su-34 project and was getting results I could live with. Being done with these, I flipped it full back (now on its own wheels :) ) when a speckle of strange discoloration in the cockpit caught my eye... And did not allow me to look at anything else... The rest of the story is in the photo update, with a temporary happy end, but I know it is still there...

Must have got in through the leg area, which, as I deducted much too late, is not completely sealed under & behind the instrument panel...
3. July at 08:15:05
Peter Hardy Some things Slavo, it pays to be philosophical about. Thank the Great Pumpkin you didn't "wall" it! Just been through the whole photo set again, WOW!
3. July at 08:53:39
Bart Goesaert Nice recovery...
3. July at 09:03:21
Daniel Oh, how I hate those sneaky particles! Hiding somewhere in the dark until you mask the windows and turn it around, then they zip to the next clear part and slowly embed themselves like ticks…particularly big&mean one there, very nice job of extracting that! Just be careful to never turn her around again ;)
3. July at 10:47:20
Bryn Crandell One small piece of FOD. Ground the aircraft, fire the crew chief and strip the cockpit. In real life that is what would've happened. Your method of getting it out of sight worked out okay. If you are like me, you'll know its there and it will bug you till the end of time. Looks amazing though. I'll be looking back on this as I tackle Kitty Hawks Fullback. Not today but down the road.
3. July at 11:37:10
Nathan Dempsey Oh SlavoI know exactly how you feel! The same thing happened on my F-82G build. In the end I just gave the canopy a nice thump and it went back down into the shadows...
3. July at 11:44:41
Slavo Hazucha Now it's all fun & games and early into the build i would find a job like this a nice challenge, but while doing it now, I had all kinds nightmares going through my head - HUD coming apart rom the futile shakes, the A-10 canopy imagery from Stephans thread haunting me while I tried to drill... :D And Bryn you are right, I know it's still there... I cannot see it now, but it IS there... :) The Kitty Hawk Fullback has some nice details, looking forward to see it once it gets it's slot...
3. July at 12:07:47
Mathieu Duvivier Your way on telling the story on the pics made me smile hard. Happy on the ending tough
3. July at 18:12:36
Donald Dickson II Oh, it WILL have its revenge. LOL Good job with that sir!
3. July at 19:36:44
Lode Schildermans I agree with Peter's comment
3. July at 21:18:36
Clifford Keesler I can't see a thing. LOL. She looks good to me.
3. July at 22:39:10
Slavo Hazucha Always glad to provide a little bit of entertainment :D

It's finished now, I am setting-up something that should do as an excuse for a photo booth (It's a fairly big model, I can't find a place to accommodate it and take reasonably angled pictures...) If the weather cooperates, something should go up online this evening...
4. July at 05:57:33
Stephan Ryll Very nice surgery Slavo
4. July at 06:23:24
Peter Hardy Bring it to my place with beer Slavo! I got a great setup!
4. July at 06:23:31
Slavo Hazucha Thanks Stephan!

Peter: Great setup for the beer I hope... :D
4. July at 06:53:20
Ingo F Looks awesome. My favorite russian jet. :)
4. July at 06:58:23
Francky Excellent build and a funny "don't give up" story. With the build quality that I see on this site, I will never dare to show one of my builds :)
4. July at 07:47:37
Peter Hardy Francky, that is rubbish. You will find only help and encouragement on this site. We have all levels here, and everyone wants to improve. This is the place to do it!
4. July at 10:28:45
Slavo Hazucha I stand with Peter on this one - I´am fairly new on this site, got only good things to report and without mates, the references, inspirations and comments I got here this little build would never get where it is now :)

Regarding different levels, it is also all true... Some modelers here do not even bother to paint their results!!! (absolutely no jab in the direction of Mr. Kerry Cox intended... :D)
4. July at 10:40:04
Lode Schildermans Franky, allow me to add my opinion regarding the comments from Peter and Slavo. First of all, the bunch of Scalemates (or Scalenuts as some say) is a bunch of modelers, regardless the level one has. We all have to start on some point. As form myself, I've had already many tips and tricks from the mates here, and was able to give some myself. I've learned that the shared experiences here are most helpful as there are also the encouragements. The comments are sometimes amusing and even entertaining but never I've noticed negative comments. The bunch would correct that immediately. So feel free to share your builds and progress on builds
4. July at 11:06:04
Donald Dickson II I will join the chorus line here. I have a real issue with guys who are "pros" taking the attitude of listen to what I am telling you I. I am a pro. My stuff is in magazines and won awards. If you want to improve you must do what I say because I am God. Well, there are some absolute pros here, Slavo being one, and i have yet to see them take that stance. And i would surely call them on it. Post your stuff Francky!

Slavo, I think Kerry got lazy on that one and used wanting to show all the PE as an excuse not to paint it. ;)
4. July at 11:15:22
Slavo Hazucha Kerry built his naked gun so nice & clean it can be shown as the creator made it and walk away with a medal ;) Just my lazy jokes here...
4. July at 12:13:23
Donald Dickson II Oh I agree. I am simply harassing Kerry. If he ever looks. LOL
4. July at 18:36:51
James C To drill through that awesome paintwork to get behind the clear canopy and NOT damage it to dislodge a speck of dust elevates you to a level of insanity that I've not witnessed before! I'd have said "f^$k it"... and pretended that the co-pilot sneezed on it from the inside. :P

Looking forward to the final reveal pictures.
4. July at 19:37:59
Martin o wow impressive firefighting! had a similar problem with my mig. got my peace through meditation :)
4. July at 20:01:33
Francky OK, OK ,OK I surrender :) :)
But this whole site just radiates quality. The IT and technical quality, the fantastic database, the build quality, and apparently also the friendship, I am starting to feel like a mate (a modest one :) )
4. July at 20:08:17
Martin Oostrom Great save Slavo! I would have taken James' route too
Francky, take a look at my mess from three/four years ago: Evolution of skills. | Album by Mahoo76
I'm sure you've got nothing to be ashamed about in my company :D
4. July at 20:14:04
Tim Heimer Then welcome mate! We are here to encourage, help when asked( and occasionally when not) LOL! And harass each other in fun! I have been watching, asking and helping for about 5 yrs now. I have seen people slowly progress in that time as well as learned. This is where your imagination spreads it's wings! It takes time to learn that, which is why I coined the name Scalenuts!
4. July at 20:22:24
Slavo Hazucha While we were discussing important topics & philosophies here, I got it done :) I like to leave this thread with the current final picture, so here is the finished stuff:

Su-34 Fullback 1:48 (Hobby Boss) finished | Album by slavatarko (1:48)
4. July at 21:21:26
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