S u m m a r y
|Contents and Media:
||One colour sheet, one
instruction sheet, One decal sheet.
||Crisp engraved panel lines;
minimal flash; excellent transparent parts; fit looks promising.
||Sparse cockpit detail;
gimmicky moveable rudders with poor fit; horrible crew figures.
Reviewed by Mick Evans
1/72 scale Su-12 is available online from
The Sukhoi design bureau was assigned to develop an aircraft similar to the
FW 189 and Lockheed P38 following the success enjoyed by these aircraft in the
reconnaissance role. In just 150 days the SU-12 was born.
In December 1947 the first SU-12 was handed over to the State Flight Test
centre for flight trails. Despite the successful completion of flight tests in
1948, only two experimental aircraft were built. For several years they were
used for various military and civil purposes, including the aerial photography
of the remote areas of the USSR. In reality the Sukhoi SU-12 proved to be a very
reliable aircraft in operation. It was a twin boomed aircraft with a cental
gondola type cockpit, almost a direct copy of the Focke Wulf FW189. A crew of
four were housed in the central gondola.
MSV Moldova's 1/72 scale kit of the Su-12 is crisply injection moulded in light
grey plastic. The panel line sharpness and detail is very similar to that of
Revell Germany. Very little flash is evident and the parts look very easy to
clean up. The cockpit detail is very sparse and leaves plenty of scope for extra
Separate rudders are provided, but are made to be moveable, very reminiscent
of early Airfix kits and their poor fit. No engine detail is provided, as the
louvers on the engine fronts are moulded in the closed position. On Russian
aircraft the louvers were closed when the aircraft engines were started in the
extreme cold weather, and then the louvers would progressively open as the
engines warmed up.
Click the thumbnails below to view
The undercarriage doors look to be very thick and will need some thinning
The pilot figures are amongst one of the poorest examples that I have seen,
and should be consigned to the bin.
The transparencies are amongst the best, crystal clear with well-defined
Colours are provided for the Humbrol paint system, while the decals are basic
they are clearly printed.
Overall the kit looks like it will go together well. An in-depth build review
will follow later.
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