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In-Box Review
SU-7U cockpit
SU-7U cockpit and vac-form canopy
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by: Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]

The Sukhoi Su-7 (NATO designation name: Fitter-A) was a swept wing, supersonic fighter aircraft developed by the Soviet Union in 1955. Originally, it was designed as tactical, low-level dogfighter, but was not successful in this role. On the other hand, soon-introduced Su-7B series became the main Soviet fighter-bomber and ground-attack aircraft of the 1960s. The Su-7 was rugged in its simplicity but its shortcomings included short range and low weapon load.
Su-7U (NATO Moujik)
Two-seat trainer version of the Su-7B with reduced fuel capacity. First flight 25 October 1965. Manufactured 1966-1972 in parallel with the export version, designated Su-7UMK.
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In the box
Packed in the standard Pavla blister pack, the 17 resin and one vac-form parts are well protected sandwiched between the blister pack bubble and a foam insert. The instructions are packaged inside the back of the pack and stapled to the header card.
The resin parts are discrepancy free and all having a casting block attached. The largest part, which is the nose undercarriage bay/air duct looks to have two casting blocks attached, but the rear block should be left on as its the mounting point for the rear cockpit.
Pavla and Modelsvit have gone different ways for the forward interior section, with Modelsvit having the air duct, nose wheel undercarriage bay as part of the side wall for the cockpit, with separate cockpit floors. Pavla have gone with a one piece undercarriage bay moulded onto the air duct, which also forms the floor for the pilots cockpit. The side wall panels and rear bulkhead are separate parts.
Detail for the side walls is roughly on par with each other with maybe the Pavla parts having a little more definition.
A cockpit tub is supplied for the navigatorís cockpit and is better detailed then the kits, with a rear wall having raised detail for the ejection seat guide rails moulded onto it.
The ejection seats are one piece, very detailed and are a massive improvement over the kits seats.
The instrument panels are nicely detailed, and are more refined then the kits offerings.
The HUD from Pavla is moulded as part of the hood and is quite striking.
Resin control columns and rudder pedals pretty much make up the rest of the parts, which are more elegant, then the kits.
The vac-form canopy is one piece, very clear and has the framing moulded onto it. As with all Pavla vac-form canopies, only one is supplied. As with the kits canopy, no mention of positioning the canopy open is given.

The instructions are printed on three small sheets and are very well illustrated, the clear drawings have colour notes for each part. No paint manufacturers are mentioned with the colours being generic.

related review
Modelsvit 1/72nd Sukhoi Su-7U

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Highs: Nicely detailed set.
Lows: The kit itself is pretty expensive, adding this set really tots up the price.
Verdict: The Modelsvit kit is pretty good to start with but with this set from Pavla, the detail would be stunning at this scale.
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  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: C 72120
  Suggested Retail: £18.80
  Related Link: SU-7U cockpit
  PUBLISHED: Jun 25, 2014

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About Andy Brazier (betheyn)

I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...

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