For some time now, the Sukhoi Su-57, has been developed as the Russian answer to the emergence of 5th generation aircraft. Although it dazzled everyone in the aviation world back in 2010, commissioning the aircraft proved a bit more difficult to carry out. This is no unusual let’s remember that the F-35 also had several delays in its development phase.
The Sukhoi Su-57 (Сухой Су-57 in Russian) is a 5th generation aircraft with a single pilot. Two NPO Saturn engines power it. It has Stealth capability and was developed to cover the fighter-bomber missions. Although its performance is classified, people presumed that it has the range and carrying capacity of the Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-35 fighter series.
Although initially thought to replace the company’s veteran Mig and Sukhoi models, in reality the new Su-57s will complement the current fleets of Mig-29, Su-30, Su-35 and Su-34. The case is similar to what happened with the introduction of the F-22 Raptor in the USAF. Instead of replacing the F-16 and F-15 fleets they complemented them. Giving a special role to the 5th Genenration aicrafts.
The first prototypes of the aircraft were designated the T-50 and as they entered the refining and development process, they eventually received the Su-57 designation. Currently, according to sources from the Russian Defense Ministry, the Su-57 set for deployment and entry into service before 2022.
Although today there are multitudes of options on the market, this article focuses on the model marketed by Revell Germany in 1:72 scale. By that time the Sukhoi Su-57 was still named T-50. This model, like the one from Academy, is really a re-edition of the molds from the Russian brand Zvezda present on the market since 2011. The scheme chosen for this construction will be that of the second T-50 test aircraft with serial 052.
Model construction process: