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||44 parts in medium grey limited run
injection moulded styrene; 1x photo-etched fret; two vacform parts (canopy
and spare); national markings
||Interesting subject matter; very
useful photo-etched fret; well detailed overall; nice fabric texture on
control surfaces; no visible ejection pin or sink marks; simple parts
||Engraved panel lines a little wide
and irregular; no locating pins or tabs.
Reviewed by Brett Green
scale Su-6 AM-42 is available online from Squadron.com
The Sukhoi Su-6 was the prototype design rival to the famous Il-2 Stormovic.
The initial Su-6 was to be powered by the massive but trouble-plagued M-71
radial engine. In the event, the Il-2 entered production before the problems
with its rival were ironed out.
The Soviet State Defence Committee were looking for a replacement for the
highly successful Stormovic by 1943, and Sukhoi updated their original design
with the installation of the AM-42 12 cylinder in-line engine. A newly designed
wing and alternate armament were also fitted, but the Sukhoi once again lost the
contract to Bureau Ilyushin.
Six Su-6s were thought to have been completed and flown.
As each year goes by, more Soviet subjects appear on the shelves of our model
shops. Valom's debut offering, the Su-6 AM-42, adds to the Soviet aircraft
enthusiast's range of available aircraft.
44 parts in grey styrene are attached to a single sprue. These parts fall
into the category of "limited run" - there are no locating pins or tabs - but
the overall quality of the plastic is good. The sprue attachment points are
quite narrow too, minimising the risk of damaging the soft plastic parts during
The detail on the parts is quite good, especially the single UBT 12.7mm rear
mounted machine gun. Panel lines are engraved and a pretty good. They look
marginally wide on the raw plastic but they will likely look better under a coat
of paint. Fabric texture on the control surfaces is very well done.
Fine detail parts are supplied on a small photo-etched fret. These details
include gunsight, harness, the strap for the hapless standing rear gunner,
intake grill, bomb fins and sway braces plus undercarriage doors. This
instrument panel is also supplied in half-relief with the instruments in clear
acetate. Side consoles are photo-etched parts too.
The vacform canopy is clear and well moulded. A spare is provided in case of
an errant scalpel. Markings are limited to six red stars.
The instructions start with a helpful history of the type in Czech, English
and German. Construction is called out over six simple steps. Colour references
are made to Humbrol, Agama, Revell and Model Master paints.
This is a nice looking package of an unusual subject. Being a limited run
kit, extra time spent in preparation and test fitting should result in a good
looking and well detailed model.
Thanks to Valom for the review sample.
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