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Flankers
On Patrol

Part 3

From Sun Up to Sun Down
SU-27s from the Baltic to the Pacific
 

 

1/48 Scale

Linden Hill Decals

 

Summary
Catalogue Number: LHD48010 Flankers On Patrol Part 3 - From Sun Up to Sun Down SU-27s from the Baltic to the Pacific
Scale: 1/48 (also available in 1/72 and 1/32)
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals (two full sized sheets plus one smaller) plus instructions and notes
Price: 1/72 scale USD$16.99 from Linden Hill Imports
1/48 scale USD$20.99 from Linden Hill Imports
1/32 scale USD$22.99 from Linden Hill Imports
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: 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 instructions
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


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FirstLook

 

For those of you who don't know, Linden Hill Decals is a subsidiary of Linden Hill Imports, a United Sates based company who hail from Krugers in New York.  As well as decals, they also import various other modelling lines including NeOmega and Moskit. 

Yikes! 

That was my first impression when I saw these decals.  They are more of a reference than a decal set as the decals themselves are accompanied by five A-4 sized sheets that are crammed full of photographs and drawings in full colour (on both sides of the sheets) as well as detailed information on the camouflage schemes worn by the Su-27 in general and detailed information on the individual machine for which decals are provided.  The drawings of the machines show both sides so you can get the camouflage scheme right.

Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:


LHD48010 provides markings for ten different SU-27s: 

  • SU-27 Red 51 of the 159th IAP based at Besovets Air Base in Karelia,

  • SU-27UB Red/Yellow 39 of the Ukrainian Air Force's GANIC, the State Aviation Scientific Trials Centre of the Armed Forces at Kirovskoye Air Base.

  • SU-27s Red 55 and Red 56 of the 23rd IAP at Dzemgi Air Base.

  • SU-27UB Red 14 of the 2nd AE 60th IAP at Dzemgi Air Base.

  • SU-27UB Red 27 of the 1st AE 60th IAP at Dzemgi Air Base.

  • SU-27UB Red 64 of the 689th GvIAP, Russian Navy at Cakalovsk Air Base.

  • SU-27 Red 04 of the 689th GvIAP, Russian Navy at Cakalovsk Air Base.

  • SU-27 Red 01 of the 689th GvIAP, Russian Navy at Cakalovsk Air Base.

  • SU-27 Red 01 of the 689th GvIAP, Russian Navy at Cakalovsk Air Base (different from the previous machine).

As with the supporting material, the decals themselves are also a work of art. 

They are thinly printed and everything is in perfect register.  There are two sheets provided with this set a normal size sheet with the second one being half the size.  Really, the only thing missing from the sheets is the stencil data but realistically, there really isn't much space left on the sheets and Linden Hill offers stencil data on a separate sheet if you really want it. 

As mentioned above, one of the A-4 sized sheets carries information on the camouflage scheme worn by the flanker as well as the wing national insignia.  FS numbers are also offered as matches to the Russian paints. 

The five placement guides as well as the two decal sheets come packed in a plastic zip-loc bag.   

The recommended kits are the Academy Su-27 and Su-27UB. 

A downside?  Yes, the price.  Hannants list this sheet at 12.76, which is not cheap by any means. 

A very impressive product from Linden Hill Decals. 

Recommended 

Footnote 

These decals are also available in both 1/72 and 1/32 scale.  Individual machines portrayed vary between the sheets so please go to Linden Hills' website at http://www.lindenhillimports.com/lindenhilldecals.htm to view them.

Thanks to Linden Hill Imports for the review sample.


Linden Hill Decals are available from Linden Hill Imports' website


Review Text Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 07 June, 2005
Last updated 06 June, 2005

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