Top Drawings #83 – Sukhoi Su-27/Su-33

Published: April 29th, 2020     
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Front Cover
Author: Stanislaw Krzysztof Mokwa
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
ISBN #: 9788366148543
Other Publication Information: Soft cover, 20 pages, 6 black & white photographs, 10 color profiles, 1/72 and 1/144 scale line drawings
Price: $24.95
Product / Stock #: Top Drawings #83
Product provided by: Casemate Publishers

The Su-27 family was originally designed as a heavy interceptor to counter US fighter designs such as the F-14 Tomcat & F-15 Eagle. It originally entered service as a long-range interceptor against American heavy bombers such as the B-52 and the B-1B. The design has been refined and has resulted in several variants such as the SU-30 multi-role fighter, the Su-34 bomber and the Su-33 shipboard fighter.

This TopDrawings book provides a very brief history of the Su-27/Su-33 in both English and Polish. There are twelve pages of line drawings of the Su-27 and Su-33 variants in both 1/72 and 1/144 scale and the primary air to air weapons carried by the Su-27 family. The color side profiles illustrate markings for Ukrainian, Russian, and Angolan Flankers, but only provide one side view for each aircraft (other than the Ukrainian Su-27UB) and no topside views. My only issue with the color profiles is that the ones for the Su-33 appear to have been greyed out a bit as the colors are a bit dark and the whites are more grey than white.

The last section of the book are several black and white photographs of a Ukrainian Su-27 in a three-color splinter pattern.

I enjoyed the book and the comparisons of the various versions of the Su-27/Su-33. Thank you to Casemate Publishing for the review sample and to IPMS-USA for letting me review it.

  • Rear cover
    Rear cover
  • Color profiles
    Color profiles
  • Introduction
  • Su-27SK
  • Su-27UB Side view
    Su-27UB Side view
  • Su-27UB Top view
    Su-27UB Top view
  • Su-27UBM
  • Su-33 Upper and lower views
    Su-33 Upper and lower views

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