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Sukhoi’s T-50 in 1/144 Scale

Anigrand's Sukhoi T-50 in 1/144 Scale

Check Out Club Meeting: March 2010

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Kit Data:
Manufacturer: Anigrand
Product Number: (T-4MS kit) AA-4020
Materials: Resin (yellow and clear), decals
MSRP: (T-4MS kit) $88 + $14 shipping
Available from: Anigrand
http://www.anigrand.com

 

The Sukhoi PAK FA (Future Frontline Fighter System) T- 50 is one of Russia’s fifth generation jet fighter designs, the others being their radical Su-47 Berkut and MiG’s 1.44 MFI. At first glance, the T-50 appears to be a hybrid offspring from a Su-27 Flanker and F-22 Raptor. This has led to a number of unofficial nicknames surfacing on the Internet, including “Raptorski” and “Flaptor.” The T-50 is being co-developed with India, so assuming that Sukhoi gets enough lunch money from the Russian government, we may one day see it in service. At least we know they will have a customer service hotline in place!

Anigrand’s T-50 is actually a “freebie” that is included with their Sukhoi T-4MS bomber kit. I assumed that the T-50, along with the other two freebie kits (the Ka-58 Black Ghost and MiG-37 Ferret), was nothing more than a fanciful design based on some sketchy rumors. Thus I was somewhat surprised to see photos of the real T-50’s first flight surface on the Internet earlier this year. This prompted me to examine the tiny kit a little closer to see how well the model represented the real thing.

Casting quality is typical for Anigrand, that is, the parts are full of air bubbles. There were three exhaust cones in my sample, and all of them had Swiss cheese holes going right through them. The fuselage is split into top and bottom halves and incorporate intake tunnels, but lack any engine faces or blanking plate.

Anigrand's Sukhoi T-50 in 1/144 Scale

Anigrand's Sukhoi T-50 in 1/144 Scale

The eight missiles have their pylons molded on, and are cast well unlike the rest of the kit. The landing gear doors are really thick and should be thinned or replaced. The nose gear has an asymmetrical mud guard molded to the tire. The wheel wells are featureless boxes. The windscreen is cast in transparent resin and will require polishing as well as a dip in Future to get any semblance of clarity. That might be okay though, as the ejection seat looks like it was sourced from a 1950s kit. The molded in cockpit tub has side consoles and instrument panel, all of which are blank. Two duplicate decal sheets are included in the T-4MS kit, and the T-50 uses the smaller Soviet stars.

Anigrand's Sukhoi T-50 in 1/144 Scale

The cockpit is just that – a pit. No details or control stick are included.

Anigrand's Sukhoi T-50 in 1/144 Scale

Too bad True Details doesn’t make a K-36 in 1/144 scale!

Anigrand's Sukhoi T-50 in 1/144 Scale

Get out your polishing compound and Future! The aft section of the canopy does not have the upswept line of the real T-50

Anigrand's Sukhoi T-50 in 1/144 Scale

This is actually one of the better of the three exhaust cones that came with the kit. The petal detail is fine though.

CONCLUSION

I am sure that Zvezda is working on a 1/72 T-50, but if you want a model right now, this is the only one I know of at present.

 

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