Flankers On Patrol - Guardians of the North. Arctic Su-27s
Contents and Media:
decals (two full sized and three smaller sheets) plus
instructions and notes
Linden Hill Imports
Comprehensive sheet providing complete coverage of 10 Su-27s
plus bonus markings; interesting, varied and colorful markings
and schemes; perfect register and minimal carrier film; detailed
Reviewed by Mike Reeves
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For those of you who have not yet bought the new
1/32 scale Trumpeter Su-27 Flanker, take my advice and go out and get
For those of you who already have one, you will be
very excited about the decal sheet I am reviewing here. I would be
willing to wager that once you get this sheet of decals in hand you will
be clearing off a very large spot on your workbench and will get started
on the big Trumpeter Flanker.
received Linden Hill's 1/32 scale "Flankers On Patrol - Guardians of
the North. Arctic Su-27s" sheet in the mail a few days ago and have
been studying it nightly ever since. You literally get 10 different
aircraft to choose from plus a couple of bonus jets (actually the same
on in two different schemes) from the Uzbek Air Force. Here is a quick
run down on the aircraft that you are able to build.
Su-27 Blue 03 This
aircraft carries the standard Flanker scheme with green nose cone
and leading edges of the vertical stabs and the stab caps. It sports
a polar bear emblem of the 1st Squadron of the 641st Gv.IAP on the
Su-27 Blue 09 his
aircraft is the same aircraft as blue 03 above. This change happened
after the 941st and 641st regiments were merged. The polar bear
emblem was retained on the starboard fin. The areas where the blue
03 was on the nose and tail have been repainted along with the new
bort number resulting in a newer appearance of the paint in these
areas. The early style vertical tail anti flutter balances have been
removed on this aircraft.
Su-27 Red 07 This
aircraft also carries the standard Flanker paint scheme but has the
nose coneand tail dielectric panels painted white. This aircraft was
assigned to the 941st IAP and received the traditional “walrus” and
“Owl” emblems. Andrey Yeldashov added a bit of excitement to the
paint scheme by adding a shark mouth and eye to the nose section.
This aircraft awas selected for special paint since it was scrambled
to intercept NATO reconnaissance planes patrolling Russia’s Northern
Su-27 Blue 38 This
aircraft is the same aircraft as Red 07 above. It received a new
Bort number when the two regiments merged into one. The shark eye
was still retained. The blue where the new bort numbers was painted
is darker than the surrounding color as it is new paint.
Su-27 Red 24 This
aircraft is in standard Flanker paint. It is one of the oldest
aircraft in the 941st IAP to receive any individual emblems. Three
stars are painted under the cockpit to represent three successful
target drone interceptions. It also carries 8 R-27 silhouettes to
represent the intercepts of NATO reconnaissance aircraft intercepted
over the Barents Sea. It also carries the “Klip-Yavr” emblem on the
starboard vertical stab. The dielectric panels on the tail and the
nose cone are green.
Su-27 Blue 35 This
aircraft carries the standard Flanker paint scheme. The aircraft
carries the “Owl” behind the canopy and the “Guard” status emblem
that was awarded to the 941st IAP under the canopy on the port side.
The nose cone and dielectric panels are white on this aircraft.
Su-27 Red 39
Standard Flanker paint on this one as well. This aircraft has the
inscription “Rossiya” on both sides of the fuselage under the canopy
that’s was applied at the factory before it went to Kilp-Yavr. The
dielectric panels appear to be grey on this jet.
Su-27 Ble 41 This
is the same aircraft as Red 39 above. Its Bort number was changed
after the merger of the 941st and the 641st IAPs. The aircraft was
named after the Hero of the Soviet Union A.M. Chislov. The HSU star
and 21 stars corresponding to his victories over the Luftwaffe were
applied to the port intake. The aircraft also carries the wing tip
Sorbstya ESM pods. The dielectric panels and the nose cone appear to
have been painted white as well.
Su-27 Red 03
Another one in standard Flanker colors. The finish on this one is
quite weathered with some dark blue touch up in some areas. This
aircraft carries a modified walrus emblem to distinguish this
aircraft from others in the 941st. The winged one badge on the port
intake is the emblem of the first squadron. There are five stars on
the nose representing the number of target drones successfully hit.
The dielectric panels and nose cone are white.
Su-27 Blue 20
Standard Flanker paint on this one as well. The aircraft has not
changed since it went into service. It still retains the anti
flutter balances on the fins. The Polar bear on the fin is typical
of the 2nd squadron of the 641st Gv.IAP.
Su-27 Blue 31 This
aircraft carries the standard Flanker paint scheme. The dedication
under the port canopy reads “Named after Hero of the Soviet Union
Maresiev Alexei Petrovich” He was the Rssian version of the RAF s
Douglas Bader. The dielectric panels are green on the vertical stabs
but the nose cone is white. Anti Flutter balances have been removed.
Su-27SK Blue 48
This aircraft is dark mid grey similar to FS36314 on the upper
surfaces and light grey similar to FS36492 on the lower surfaces.
The nose radome and dielectric panels are dark grey similar to
FS26173. This aircraft serves with the second regiment of the PLAAF,
Suixi AB, Guangzhou MD, PR China. The aircraft sports a unit badge
unique to the PLAAF on the vertical stabs. The badge looks very
similar to the old USAF TAC badge.
Su-27 #21 This
aircraft is from the Uzbek Air Force, Chirchik Air Base in 2001.
This is one of the rarest Flanker’s. The original scheme on this
aircraft carried a paint scheme of FS34102 green, FS33448 mid brown,
FS36270 medium grey upper surfaces with FS16473 undersurfaces. The
aircraft looks to have been repainted in a different scheme
replacing the FS34102 green with a darker FS34096 green. The FS
numbers are approximate and photographs (very rare indeed) should be
used to aid in painting. Both schemes look very striking on the
Now that I have given you an overview of the
options let me get on to the decals and instructions themselves.
The instructions are in color and cover 10 pages.
Each aircraft has a very concise history along with painting notes. I
really enjoyed reading the history of each aircraft along with how each
jet has it’s own individual markings. It sure breaks up the monotony of
every jet looking the same.
decals themselves are superb. There are five, yes five, sheets included
in the set. Two full sheets and three partial sheets. All of my markings
are very clean and within register. The color density is very good. I
was amazed at the sheer size of the Uzbeki roundel!! It is 1 ¾ across!!
This sheet is well researched by the men who are
around the jets every day. The research shows in the quality of the
artwork and the subtle differences in some of the jets.
If you want to build Trumpeter's 1/32 scale Su-27,
then Linden Hill Decals' "Flankers On Patrol - Guardians of the
North" sheet is a must have.
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