Even before I started building my Su-24 two months ago, I'd looked at building its smaller cousin: the Su-25.
One of the reasons why I didn't was that I had some doubts about being able to build the jet's camouflage. However, two weeks ago I decided to give it a go, after having bought a few more dark green parts. The Su-25 was primarily designed for the Close-Air-Support role and in similar fashion to the A-10 'Warthog', it's closest western equivalent, is armed with a 30 mm gun and can carry a wide variety of armament on a large number of hardpoints. To improve survivability in the face of air defences many vital systems have been duplicated or are surrounded by armour.
Su-25 Frogfoot (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
More modern versions of the Frogfoot have been developed, but most of the versions in service are relatively simple bombers equipped with unguided weapons. My model carries four 500 kg general purpose bombs, four S-24 unguided rockets and two AA-8 'Aphid' IR-guided air-to-air missiles for self defense.
Su-25 Frogfoot (4) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
Soviet Su-25s saw combat during the war in Afghanistan. A number of aircraft were shot down after the Mujaheddin received Western air-to-surface missiles, such as Blowpipe and Stinger. To increase survivability, many Frogfoots were fitted with extra flare launchers above the engine exhausts.
Su-25 Frogfoot (6) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
The undercarriage on the model can be retracted. It doesn't work in quite the same fashion as on the real aircraft (in which the main wheels seem to end up lying flat in the bottom of the fuselage), but it looks correct when extended and the doors that cover it do have the right shape.
Su-25 Frogfoot (10) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
The shape of this plane isn't particularly complicated, but the parts palette in reddish brown and in tan isn't particularly extensive, making this a fairly tricky build.
Edited by Rufus, 13 June 2011 - 11:27 PM.