Designed in the 1970s to compete with America's F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle, the Su-27 Flanker — nicknamed "Sushka" in Russia — is a Soviet-built, multi-purpose fighter. It was designed primarily for air defense against U.S. bombers and aircraft carriers. Though first taking to the skies in 1977, it was not flown by the Red Air Force until 1985 (with its official introduction delayed until 1990). The Su-27 has been active in numerous countries around the world, remaining in service today, including being deployed during the Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War.
Made by Hobby Master, this 1/72 scale, die cast model is a newly tooled reproduction of an Su-27 Flanker B ("Red 36") as it appeared in 1987, during a midair collision with a Norwegian P-3 Orion in the Barents Sea. It features engraved panel lines, an opening canopy, a well-appointed cockpit (with instrumentation details and a removable pilot figure), full weapons complement, a detailed exhaust port, optional-position landing gear, authentic Soviet markings, and a display stand. Measures approximately 12" long with an 8" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA6001