Thursday, December 23

Preview: First in a family of Frogfoot? Zvezda's 48th scale kit isin CAD...

Zvezda's new 2022 calendar cover girl, the new-tool 48th scale Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot is their high profile first release of the year. We have some scant information but some good CADs & box art concept of the new kit in our preview...

Preview: An all-new 48th scale Frogfoot from Zvezda is on the way...

Preview: Sukhoi Su-25
From Zvezda
1/48th scale 
Product No #4807
Estimated arrival: Early 2022
The Subject: The Sukhoi Su-25
Well it was hinted at recently in some sneak pictures - but all of the modern Russian Fueling and Weapons trucks meant more than just extras for your Flanker - It seems that Zvezda has now furnished your new ground machines with a Su-25 Frogfoot to load to the hilt.
The Sukhoi Su-25:
The Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (Russian: Грач (rook); NATO reporting name: Frogfoot) is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by Sukhoi. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces. The first prototype made its maiden flight on 22 February 1975. After testing, the aircraft went into series production in 1978 at Tbilisi in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.
Early variants included the Su-25UB two-seat trainer, the Su-25BM for target-towing, and the Su-25K for export customers. The Sukhoi Su-25K was the Su-25 model that was used as the basis for a commercial export variant, known as the Su-25K (Komercheskiy). These single-seat models were built at Factory 31 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The aircraft differed from the Soviet Air Force version in certain minor details concerning internal equipment. A total of 180 Su-25K aircraft were built between 1984 and 1989.
Export Customers:
Variants of the Su-25 are operational with the Russian Air Force, the Russian Naval Aviation forces, Afghanistan, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, North Korea, Peru, the Slovak Republic, Turkmenistan and Ukraine. The export variant of the aircraft carries the designation Su-25K.
Sukhoi Su-25
Origin: Russia
Type: single-seat close-support aircraft
Max Speed: 526 kt / 606 mph
Max Range: 750 km / 466 miles
Dimensions: span 14.36 m / 47ft 1.5 in length 15.53 m / 50ft 11.5 in height 4.80 m / 15 ft 9 in
Weight: empty 9,500 kg / 20,944 lb max. take-off 17,600 kg / 38,801 lb
Powerplant: two 4500-kg (9,921-lb) dry thrust Tumanskii R-195 turbojets
Operators: Azerbaijan, Angola, Belarus, Bulgaria, Chad, Ethiopia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Iran, North Korea, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Peru, Russia, Sudan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Weapons: The Su-25’s armament has typically consisted of unguided 250 or 500-kilogram bombs, cluster bombs and rockets. The rockets come in forms ranging from pods containing dozens of smaller 57- or 80-millimetre rockets, to five-shot 130-millimetre S-13 system, to large singular 240- or 330-millimetre rockets. The Su-25 also has a Gsh-30-2 30-millimetre cannon under the nose with 260 rounds of ammunition
The New model from Zvezda Sukhoi Su-25
- New Tooled kit
1/48th scale 
- The first in a family of Frogfoots (#trysayingthatfast)
- The kit has an estimated arrival date of Early 2022

The CAD drawings of the kit have been released to show some of the surface detail and features of this kit.
From above you can see the many access points on the wings and fuselage, the flying surfaces (no news on if they are posable as of yet but one is in hope!). To us, it looks like there is more work to be done on the front of the aircraft yet...
We cannot see much of the cockpit interior as of yet, but the developers have not finished this part  (so don't fret people)
A full load of air to air missiles, air to ground rockets and drop tanks is included.
You can see the pronounced rivet detail on the rear of the aircraft (where it is not so important for flush rivets) to good effect in this angle here...
The internal and external detail of the wingtip airbrakes is shown here also...
The raise and recessed rivet detail of the real thing has been replicated here on the kit. Hopefully, it comes through in 48th scale...
Keep tuned in here for more updates - or look on the Zvezda website for more info on this and all of their model kits...