Sukhoi Su-... "Fitter" family

Fitter models in 1/72 scale

The Sukhoi Su-... NATO Code name "Fitter" family is a series of aircraft developed from the fifties and throughout decades later to comply with various requirements of the former Soviet Union. Simpler variants were exported to many countries and the aircraft can be seen as being a companion of the Mikoyan MiG-21 "Fishbed" family. Fitters were used as interceptors and ground attack aircraft

KP from Czechoslovakia has issued a number of 1/72 kits. Copies were made by other companies and conversions made of several variants. 

kp su-7 box

The KP kit no.25 released in 1987 of Sukhoi Su-7 "Fitter A" is rather old, but accurate in outline. When refined, it can be made into a nice model. The white plastic is rather hard and brittle. In the box is also a small 1/200 scale bit.

kp su-7 bkl 25

Decals in the KP kit are rather crude for a Czechoslovakia, a Soviet and Polish AF scheme. They are rather "yellowed". Find other decals or improve them by taping them on a window glass in sunlight for a few weeks.


su-7 ddr

su-7 ddr fitter
The model of the Su-7 BKL was finished as a German Democratic Republic AF aircraft, no. "35" . It has a metal look, with markings coming from the spare box.

ddr su-7


The Sukhoi Su-9B is called the "Fishpot" and flew in 1958 in the Soviet Union.
unda su-9 box

The 1/72 model used is from Unda of Moldavia??. 

Kit no. 003 is a very basic kit of around 1992, but accurate in outline and with clean plastic in various colours.


The kit can be assembled as is, but replace the finer parts, such as the antenna's and the intakes (no. 43) and airbrakes (36). You can also detail the cockpit and make a sharper edge at the tail exhaust.

Decals were not used but came from the spare decal box.  

Finished as Red "65" of the VVS


su-7 b fitter

The Sukhoi SU-22 M-4 "Fitter H" is a ground attack bomber with a swivelling wing and two man crew.

italeri su-22 052

The 1/72 kit came in 1995 from Italeri, no 052, as Sukhoi UM-3K. The kit originates from another manufacturer BILEK, but is OK. It is not state of the art, but results into a fine model when refined. 

italeri su-22 um-3k

It has recessed, but somewhat heavy, deep panellines.

italeri 052 su-22 decals

Decals are in the kit for a Hungarian and Soviet V-VS air force scheme. 

It was build as "3077" of the Polish AFThe "red" numbers came from a High Decalline sheet. 

su-22 italeri



- Air international, various volumes, vol 20, page 170
- Zlinek, Su-17/22, 1997
- Soviet Wings, Dzhus, Greenhill Books
- Squadron Signal 90: Fitters in Action 

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Created January  26, 2001