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SU-15TM Flagon F


1/48 Scale


Begemot Decals




S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description:

Begemot 48001 SU-15TM Flagon F

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: See text below
Price: USD$7.99 at http://www.lindenhillimports.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Rare to find these Soviet subjects on after-market decals; varied markings; decals in register and with minimal carrier film
Recommendation: Recommended.

Reviewed by Mike Reeves

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This is a brand new sheet from Begemot decals. It is for the Trumpeter 1/48 SU-15TM Flagon F from Trumpeter. The sheet includes markings for four separate aircraft. There are three Natural metal examples and one very cool camouflaged one (the one I will be doing as I am scared to death of NMF). The decals are well printed with very good color density. They seem a tad thick but, very useable and much better than the Trumpeter offerings. The sheet also contains full stenciling with stencils for the hard points and weapons!!! A very nice touch to add to this sheet.

Here is a brief description of the four aircraft included:

Option 1: SU-15TM of the 777th fighter regiment, Sokol AB, Sakhalin Island on the night of September 1, 1983. This aircraft was one of the SU-15s that shot down KAL Airlines Boeing 747 (sorry I don’t recall the flight number). The aircraft was armed with a pair of R-98MT/MR missiles and a pair of UPK-23-250 gun pods. It is overall natural metal with a clear coat. The radome is green and the anti glare panel is black.

Option 2: SU-15TM, Zabalkalskly Air Defense District, Bezrechnaya AB, 1990. It is in a four color camouflage of Sand, Dark Green and Dark Brown with a Khaki background. Lower surfaces are in light grey/blue. The regiment for this aircraft disbanded in 1992. On a footnote I have a few pics from this regiment and they look real cool!!!

Option 3: SU-15TM, Astrachan, May 1990. There is very little description concerning this aircraft other than it being Natural Metal with a green radome and black anti glare panel. It does carry the later PU-2-8 pylons meant for the R-98 missiles.

Option 4: SU-15TM of Ukranian Air Defense, Gayok Storage Facility, Belaya Tserkov, 2000. This aircraft is overall the same scheme as option one and three. It carries a couple of “nose art” markings as well. On the port nose the word Maestro and on the starboard another saying that I cannot translate. The fin and wings carry Ukranian National Insignia rather than Russian stars.

In summary, this is a great sheet which is represents a welcome addition to my growing collection of Russian subjects. It is even more welcome because rhere are precious little alternative decals available for Soviet aircraft. For those of you who have the Trumpeter kit, this sheet is a must have.


Review sheet courtesy of my Citibank MasterCard.

This sheet is available at Linden Hill Imports website at http://www.lindenhillimports.com 

Images and Text Copyright 2004 by Mike Reeves
This Page Created on 28 March, 2004
Last updated 27 March, 2004

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