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Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker E
This is my LDD model of the Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker E. It is fully articulating and built to minifig scale. I've included a few variations of the Flanker E based on the test and airshow paint schemes and configurations. For nostalgia's sake, I also included a few examples of the Flanker E in classic Russian Test Pilot demonstration team colours. You can check out larger images on my flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/118702264@N05/sets/72157642424138785/. I would love to hear your comments. Enjoy! You can find html building instructions for sale (at a modest price) on my Etsy site: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KurtsMOCs.
About this creation

The Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker E is an upgraded version of the original Su-27 Flanker.


The Su-35 is a 4++ generation fighter that is supermaneuverable and incorporates aerodynamic improvements, better avionics, longer range, and more powerful engines.


Sukhoi rolled out the Su-35 in 2008. The Russian Air Force will acquire 48 aircraft and Sukhoi is looking to export the Su-35 to other countries, such as China, India, Brazil and South Korea. So far, there are no foreign buyers for the Flanker E.


The Su-35 will have increased air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities.


The Su-35 has a maximum speed of Mach 2.25 at altitude and a range of 3,600 kms.


The Su-35 weighs 56,600 lbs fully loaded and uses two Saturn 117S turbofan engines with TVC nozzles that produce 31,900 lbf each in full afterburner.


The Su-35 is almost as long as a B-17G Flying Fortress and about the same weight fully loaded. Its amazing to think how far aircraft design and performance has evolved in just a few decades.


This model has many articulating features. The flaperons, fully pivoting tailplanes, and thrust-vectoring engine nozzles all move. Landing gear retracts fully and the canopy opens as well.


Here is a close-up view of the thrust-vectoring nozzles: they can pivot +/- 20 degrees and rotate 360 degrees. They are purposely arranged in opposite positions to demonstrate how the model functions. It took a bit of work to find a good pivoting solution!


The landing gear is fully retractable as well. The nose gear was fairly straightforward to design but the main gear requires the wheels to rotate 180 degrees and a secret trap door to accommodate it. It was tricky to design and get working but it allows the gear to stow completely inside the model.


This model has gone through a few iterations before I finally settled on the final design. I based the original design on Mad Physicist's excellent Su-27 but this model evolved over time. I tried several different nose designs but somehow Mad Physicist's design worked best. I retained that design on this model so a big tip of the hat to Ralph for his inspiration.


The canopy in open configuration and the cockpit can house a minifig pilot.


I chose the arctic camouflage for this design. It was tricky to get right because of the mix of bricks and plates. I understand why some modellers use only plates when they include camo!


I have always admired the design of the Flanker. It is such a purposeful and elegant design.


The final iteration of the Flanker is a fitting tribute to an excellent aircraft.


A close-up of the Flanker E's nose.


I tried to get as much detail into the cockpit as possible. I love the pale blue of Russian aircraft cockpits!


I have always admired the paint job used by the Russian "Test Pilots" flight demonstration team.


Even though the team is no longer together, I thought some homage to the team was in order.


I'm sure the "Test Pilots" would have loved to have flown the new Su-35S!


Here is a version of the Su-35S as it appeared at the Paris Air Show in 2013.


The Flanker E had a matte grey paint scheme.


With this paint scheme, it shows off the clean lines of the Flanker. Thanks to Wikipedia for the information and specifications.





Comments

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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Builder Allan Very awesome!! Brilliant shaping and excellent functional details. The varying color schemes look great too :-)
Thanks for your comments Allan. I appreciate your interest in my work. The arctic camo scheme was tricky to figure out but I love the Test Pilot's colour scheme the best!
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  March 9, 2014
Very awesome!! Brilliant shaping and excellent functional details. The varying color schemes look great too :-)
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting JT Robertson DAYUM! That is one sexy beast of a fighter ;) Nice work on the shaping and all the functionality!
Thanks for your comments JT! I also love the shape of the Flanker, its one of my favourite airplanes.
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting James Donovan You did a fine job here! Excellent!
Thanks for your comments James.
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  March 9, 2014
You did a fine job here! Excellent!
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  February 28, 2014
DAYUM! That is one sexy beast of a fighter ;) Nice work on the shaping and all the functionality!
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  February 20, 2014
Quoting Greg Pikus Can you send the LDD file to me? gregory.pikus@gmail.com
Thanks for your rating Greg. Sorry to say it, but I don't give away my LDD files. However, if you have any questions about how I built something, I will certainly answer them.
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  February 19, 2014
Can you send the LDD file to me? gregory.pikus@gmail.com
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  January 29, 2014
Quoting Aviv Benun I assume you references Ace Combat with that two fighter flyby.
I wish I could say yes but I really wanted to show off the top and bottom of the model's paint scheme and a fly-by was a theatrical way to do it. Sorry for the disappointment!
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  January 27, 2014
I assume you references Ace Combat with that two fighter flyby.
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  January 27, 2014
Quoting Sam S. Wow, great model. The Russian test pilot paint scheme is my favorite.
Thanks for your comments Sam. I am also a big fan of the Russian Test Pilot paint scheme. It fit the design of my model well without having to make substantial changes to the design. I'm glad you like it!
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  January 27, 2014
Wow, great model. The Russian test pilot paint scheme is my favorite.
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  January 19, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Excellent work ! You did a beautiful job on the shaping and I love the engines. The cockpit looks fantastic. Excellent
Thanks for your positive comments Clayton. The engines were tricky but also satisfying to build. Of all my aircraft models, this cockpit came together the easiest. For some reason, everything found its proper place without much fuss. I wish that were true for my other half-completed projects!
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  January 17, 2014
Excellent work ! You did a beautiful job on the shaping and I love the engines. The cockpit looks fantastic. Excellent
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  January 11, 2014
Quoting Marty Fields Beautiful model. Like how you did the canopies. How did you do the missile fins on the second wing pylons?
Thanks for your positive comments Marty! I am assuming you are referring to the fins of the RVV-AE (AA-12 Adder) missiles. The missile is comprised of two parts reverse joined in the middle near the mounting. I used two typical rocket step small (#4588) pieces reversed and joined with the 3M shaft (#87994). Its not exactly like the real missile but at this scale, its a fair compromise.
  January 11, 2014
Beautiful model. Like how you did the canopies. How did you do the missile fins on the second wing pylons?
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  January 10, 2014
Quoting arwenromel hanna very nice work and excellent details 5/5
Thanks for your comments! I know how much you appreciate Russian aircraft so your high rating is warmly received.
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  January 10, 2014
very nice work and excellent details 5/5
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  January 9, 2014
Quoting Julius D Fantastic work
Thanks for your positive comments Julius and for taking an interest in this model.
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  January 9, 2014
Fantastic work
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  January 9, 2014
Quoting D. P. This is just great!
Thanks!
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  January 9, 2014
This is just great!
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  January 9, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Great looking jet. Nice design.
Thanks for your comments.
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Tyro Cook
  January 8, 2014
Great job! Excellent execution and technique on this one, especially for the construction of the nose section and the nacelles. Check out some of my aircraft when you get the chance.
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  January 8, 2014
Great looking jet. Nice design.
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  January 8, 2014
Quoting Tyro Cook Great job! Excellent execution and technique on this one, especially for the construction of the nose section and the nacelles. Check out some of my aircraft when you get the chance.
Thanks Tyro. It was a fun model to work on. I'll definitely check out some of your work as well.
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  January 8, 2014
Quoting XY EZ It is in every way perfect!! Well done!! 5/5
Thanks for your positive comments and high rating. I am glad you like this model.
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  January 8, 2014
Quoting BRICK IT Productions Amazing! The only great Flanker I've seen is Mad Physicist's, and this one ranks high up with it! Keep up the good work! If you want to see his, http://www.flickr.com/photos/madphysicist/2243344403/in/set-72157606909176426
Thanks for the high praise!
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  January 8, 2014
Quoting Michael K. Sleek, very nice!
Thanks for your comments Michael!
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  January 8, 2014
It is in every way perfect!! Well done!! 5/5
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  January 8, 2014
Amazing! The only great Flanker I've seen is Mad Physicist's, and this one ranks high up with it! Keep up the good work! If you want to see his, http://www.flickr.com/photos/madphysicist/2243344403/in/set-72157606909176426
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  January 8, 2014
Sleek, very nice!
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  January 8, 2014
Quoting shayne horton I'm sure they flu one incarnation of the SU-35 at least.
If you are referring to the "Test Pilots" demonstration team, they were disbanded before the Su-35S came into production. There is talk that the Russian Knights Aerobatic team may trade in their older Flankers and Fulcrums for the new Su-35S. Stay tuned!
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  January 8, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler Excellent shaping! Extra bonus for vectored thrust nozzles. I spent some time with building realistic Lego VTOL engines recently, so I know how hard it was. But, with all this enermous building knowledge, why not SNOT?
Thanks for your comments. I have tried making some models with the studs hidden but the shape and complexity of the Su-35 made it difficult. Even though its not a SNOT model, I'm happy with the result.
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  January 8, 2014
Excellent shaping! Extra bonus for vectored thrust nozzles. I spent some time with building realistic Lego VTOL engines recently, so I know how hard it was. But, with all this enermous building knowledge, why not SNOT?
  January 7, 2014
I'm sure they flu one incarnation of the SU-35 at least.
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace I always loved the shape of the Flanker, and you have captured its predatory look very well. I also really like the way you did the engine nozzles. Great job!
Thanks Matt. I had fun figuring out how to make the TVC nozzles move. It involved some different approaches to designing the engines. I appreciate the support!
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  January 7, 2014
I always loved the shape of the Flanker, and you have captured its predatory look very well. I also really like the way you did the engine nozzles. Great job!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Achintya Prasad Wow! Its like perfect! Possibly the best Flanker I've ever seen, maybe even beating the mighty Mad Physicist Version....
Thanks for your comments and I'm glad you enjoy this model. Comparing this to Ralph's Flanker is high praise indeed! Thanks!
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  January 7, 2014
Wow! Its like perfect! Possibly the best Flanker I've ever seen, maybe even beating the mighty Mad Physicist Version....
 
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