SU-34 – quick update.

I had to paint the inside of the upper body to match the interior.

Inside painted.
Inside painted light bluegray.

Once dry I’ll glue the cockpit and also fit front gear well into lower body, and then glue the body halves together.

SU-34 – Weathering cockpit and starting with exhaust cans.

The cockpit and the front wheel bay got an oil wash.

Oil wash applied
Oil wash applied.

The instrument panel got the decal on. A bit fiddly as there wasn’t much space to hold the IP when working with the decal. A bit hard to move around as the decal stuck all the time, but after some work I got it in place.

The decal looks pretty nice!
The decal looks pretty nice!

Using q-tips I removed some of the excess wash, and then I did some weathering with Tamiya weathering sets.

Excess wash removed.
Excess wash removed.
Weathering done.
I did some dirtying down with weathering sets.

When the weathering was done, I could put the IP in place.

Instrument panel in place.
Instrument panel in place.

The main wheel bays was mounted into the lower body.

Wheel bays mounted.
Wheel bays mounted.

I started out with the exhaust cans, who sits on two separate sprues. Some cleaning up to do. Quite easy to put together and have pretty nice detail.

The parts to one side.
The parts to one side.
One side test fitted.
One side test fitted.

I must say the instructions are a little sparse when it comes to painting instructions.

Exhaust assembly instructions
Exhaust assembly instructions.

Now I need to figure which colours to use for the exhaust pipes.

SU-34 – detailing main wheel bays.

From the start I just added a few cables in the wheel bays, but after some consideration and checking references, I decided to add a few more details.

Wheel bay plumbing
Wheel bay plumbing.

I think it turned out pretty good, and will do alright once in place and standing on a shelf.

SU-34 – cockpit and wheel bays painted part 1.

I started by painting some pre-shade lines on the cockpit and wheel bay parts.

pre-shade done.
Pre-shade done.

Next the cockpit got at layer of Hu65 which I’ve been told is a good match to the sukhoi cockpit colour.

Cockpit base colour.
Cockpit base colour.

Once the base color was on I started doing some detail painting. I also painted the seats black and started adding details there too. The main wheel bays got some cables added.

Details painted.
Details painted.

Next the instrument panel will get intrument decals. I didn’t bother with the decals for the side panels, and will only do som dry brushing to pick out details.

Next I’ll paint the cables and give everything a wash and some drybrushing.

SU-34 Main and front gear bays.

The assembly of the landing gear bays was pretty straightforward and the parts fitted nicely.

Landing gear bays.
Landing gear bays.

Next step will be painting both the cockpit parts and the bays. Once that’s done it’s time to fit it into the body halves.