Designed as a high performance fighter with a fly-by-wire control system, and the ability to carry up to 10 AAMs, the highly maneuverable Su-27 is one of the most imposing fighters ever built. The first 'Flanker-A' prototypes flew on May 20, 1977 and entered service as the 'Flanker-B' in 1984. The development of the Su-27 fighter plane was completed in the early 1980s, and the plane subsequently set more than 40 world records of altitude and take-off-speed. It was the forerunner of an entire family of planes, including the Su-27UB training plane, the Su-33 ship-based fighter, the Su-37 multi-mission plane and the Su-32FN two-seat specialized plane. The Su-27UB is a two seat training version of Su-27, which first flew in March 1985.
The Su-27 is in service not only in Russia and other CIS countries but also in China and Vietnam. China also bought a license for the production of its own Su-27 fighters, the Su-27SK.
This model has is a twin seater and it includes two pilot figures as well as 10 missiles (of 3 different types). It also includes a detailed landing gear as well as the cover of the wheel wells to give the appearance of in-flight. There is no stand included.
This is a limited edition model with a total of 700 pieces. A card similar to a trading card is included in which it has the serial number for the model.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The box is HUGE at 11.5 inches by 11.5 inches by 4 inches.