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  1. You'll have to wait for the Pilot Replicas' J 29B, which is said to be in the pipeline. It's an early version with LE slats instead of the dogtooth wing of the E/F versions and without the afterburner of the 'F', so with a slimmer engine cowling. The UN service aircraft were the fighter J 29B (J = Jakt, Swedish for pursuit or hunt) and the photo recce version S 29C (S= Spaning, reconnaissance) with a similar non-afterburning engine but with the E/F type wing. It's being promised by Pilot Replicas as well, but maybe you'd better not hold your breath… Kind regards, Joachim
  2. @Ali62 Thank you very much for those valuable hints and observations about the Pilot Replicas' (not Neomega's… ) J 29F! Jörgen Nilsson, whose photo page you linked to, is a well known Swedish aviation photographer – one of a small handful that you see in yellow vests at every airshow. The Tunnan in the photos, Yellow R[udolf], is the only flying example of the type, being part of the Swedish Air Force Historical Flight. The pilot visible in the pictures is Col. Olle Norén, a seasoned display pilot with a past as a Sw AF JAS 39 Gripen pilot of the F 7 Wing at Såtenäs. Thanks again and Kind regards, Joachim
  3. Fabulously detailed and finished models! The PR Mk XIX is my favourite – a real tour de force. The prop on the Mk XVIII looks a bit funny – you might have attached the blades back-to-front, perhaps? The straight blade edge is the leading edge and should turn CCW when viewed from the cockpit, just like on the Mk XIX… Superb modelling! I sympathise with the knitting group, but I think I'd rather try embroidery. Kind regards, Joachim
  4. Oops! Must have made a Freudian slip, because of my two expensive Neomega kits in the stash… ;-) My other comments stand! As for Pilot Replicas, I'm eagerly awaiting their promised S 29C photo recce version. Kind regards, Joachim
  5. Absolutely superb build of my favourite Spitfire Mark! I assume that a control stick locking bar is installed, since the elevators don't droop… ;-) Meticulous mods and excellent modelling. Kind regards, Joachim
  6. A highly interesting background story of Flt/Lt Lock and a beautiful model. What more can you wish for? Kind regards, Joachim
  7. Very convincing build of the Neomega J 29F! Having the kit in my stack (in duplicates…) I'd also be very interested in a breakdown of the difficulties and solutions that you devised during the build. ;-) Excellent modelling! Kind regards, Joachim
  8. No, Kurt Tank had nothing to do with the development of the SAAB 29 project. That myth may have its origin in a superficial general arrangement similarity between the Ta 183 project and the SAAB 29. Neither was there any direct link between the Messerschmitt P. 1101 fighter prototype and the 29. In fact, though, the SAAB engineering team did get access to an Allied treasure trove of German wind tunnel data regarding wing sweep. The original project proposal for the 29 had a straight wing, but supported by the German data the chief designer, Lars Brising, changed the wing to one with a (fairly conservative, to play it safe) sweep angle. It's also an exaggeration to claim that the J 29 was "the best" of the second jet fighter generation. However, it was considered more or less equal to the MiG-15 and the F-86, though, proving that SAAB was rapidly developing from the mediocre B 17 and J 21 products. The J 29B (a version still without an afterburner) gained a reputation for extreme ruggedness and servicing friendliness in field conditions in U.N. service during the Congo civil war in the early 1960s. Kind regards, Joachim
  9. Very neat treatment of the Airfix classic! And the Merlin display idea is great – if I'd thought of it, I might have turned it so that the front end points to the front and perhaps reamed out the exhaust ports, but it certainly adds interest to the whole. Smart and imaginative modelling! Kind regards, Joachim
  10. Lovely build and skilful finish! To my eyes, at least on the photos, the panel joints, especially on the wings, look way too emphasised. Perhaps I'm too much into realism… ;-) Kind regards, Joachim
  11. These early Russian choppers have a special charm all to themselves, I think, and it's particularly well captured in this very convincing build. In brief, excellent modelling! Kind regards, Joachim
  12. Hi Gordon, Late to the party, I know, but is there any chance at all of getting a copy of this fascinating kit? Kind regards, Joachim
  13. Those thin, light borders are image sharpening artefacts. You'll see the same type of lines outlining the shadow of the tailplane on the lover tail/rudder and also on the black borders of the Balkenkreutz. Kind regards, Joachim
  14. Superbly realistic build of one of the ugliest biplanes I can remember having set eyes on. ;-) Thoroughly impressive modelling! Kind regards, Joachim
  15. Beautiful build an finish of this the most attractive Bf 108 livery! For my taste, the 'panel lines' are too accentuated, somewhat compromising the elegant lines of the 108. Kind regards, Joachim