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  1. Unless over half of the current price is pure profit that could end poorly.
  2. Hinds seem to come in a wide range of hues, with or without some sort of logic behind it. I guess a green and sandy-buff may be the "classic" look, but recent Russian ones can apparently go for green and a lighter grayish green instead. Here's an example, which I think is also painting option #3 in the Zvezda kit: https://russianplanes.net/id180858
  3. My take on Marivox Sk60, a B aircraft from the light attack at F21 Kallax. No warning systems, no chaff, no flares, no EW suite, just fly low enough that any incoming missile will have its proximity trigger off of the ground... Yes, the windshield was a pain and a half.
  4. And done. The "proper" photos go in the gallery, but I'm rounding off here with a photo of the jet side of the family. Something I did miss earlier is that between the camo and the aluminium paint I hit the model form above with a very light and highly diluted bit of buff to fade and blend things together a bit. Now I'll go back to a build where things fit...
  5. Time for the final stretch. The green was built up in much the same way as the blue, though with a different final colour on top. Going with Tamiya instead of Vallejo on top made the experience rather more pleasant, though I have a feeling I may have gone a bit heavy with the blend coat. With the various leading edges and whatnot also painted up: Decals next, and gluing on the landing gear. Nice and colourful. The painting instructions suggested a winter scheme where the blue had been overpainted with white, but as far as I can tell (Ie according to Kronmärkt) that was an experimental scheme never used at F21 This leaves various bits of varnish, a quick bit of panel lining (what panel lines and such there are), adding the gun pods and replacing the masking windows with the final ones. And so the next post on this project will be of the finished aircraft.
  6. The paints are a jolly mix from all over the place. Mr Surfacer as primer, MRP for the grey and the green I used to mottle, the blue i Vallejo (I also forgot to mention that I put a miniscule drop of olive green into the final coat there, I should probably have been a tad more generous with that), and the final green for the camo will be Tamiya.
  7. Got some painting done. First step was to spray on some aluminium for the main gear "wells", underside of the engine, and rear fuselage sides. That done I gave some thought to how easy various bits would be to mask for which step, masked the gear wells and under the engines and sprayed a bit of black again. As masked: I then put in a finer nozzle and went over the underside with a very uneven coat of grey. This was finally covered in a solid but somewhat translucent coat of grey, which I forgot to photo. Oh well, we'll be retuning there for the decals. A quick bit of masking and I started to do the same with the dark blue. That's not a lot of contrast. Something a bit lighter seems like it'd be an idea. Now as per the other SAAB 105 build here the blue does tend to fade to green with age, so I simply grabbed some of that instead. So far so good. When it was time for the covering coat however, well, I'm using a pot of Vallejo for that since I used it on a J35 some time back and it is supposed ot match and all. Unfortunately I just don't get along well with Vallejo Air paints, at all. So when some subtly is called for the best I can do frequently end up being "two year old with a spray can". There's some variation and life left in it at least. Hopefully it'll work out decently with the green next to it.
  8. So my replacement canopy showed up. For free. Despite me telling them that I had broken the first one, instead of saying it was missing or anything. Unfortunately, it was also ever so slightly shot short, or possibly slightly banged up by the postal service. Either way a corner was missing. At this point I wasn't going to wait for a third one, so off to plan C instead: vacuformed. Long story short with the main canopy there I had some issues getting it to sit right and given the thin edge gluing it in place was a bit on the frustrating side, so I just decided to use the kit part instead for that. Then off to the wind-shield we go. Here shown with the original (properly shaped) one for comparison. Oh dear. Et tu, third party bits? As you can probably imagine, this little difference in length does change the slope a bit, turning the overall profile of the canopy from an even curve/slop into more of a lying down letter P. To fix this I stuffed the vacuformed one into the original, matched up the rear ends somewhat, and drew a line across the bit sticking out in front for cutting. The framing there will simply have to be somewhat under scale (ie just paint). Luckily the vacuform canopy came as a pack of two, because it took two tries to make something that kinda, sorta fit like it should (you may not get many pictures of the right hand side from now on). And with that the saga of assembling this thing is basically over, and we're in primer. After this pic was taken the nose got to say hello to some of my finer sanding sticks again, after which I got things back into primer.
  9. Regarding Academy I think it should probably be pointed out that as far as interior detail goes, well, there's no instrument panel at all, nor any wheel wells.
  10. In my (limited) experience the blue mostly fades to green. The olive green on the other hand seems much more resistant to the elements, but might loose some green and go more drab. Here's one still in the care of the Air Force, kindly giving us a somewhat aged blue paint on the nose and a more aged one just below the canopy. Then for a very heavily faded and sun-bleached example there's this one sitting outside of the Flyg&Lotta museum in Jämtland. A heavily faded example of a Draken (same paints) where the not-longer-blue hasn't gone quite so chalky can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hjakse/22854678995/ Hopefully that may be of some help, as uncertain as colour photos are.
  11. And then there's the Danes who swapped out the J for an F when they got some J35 Drakens. SAAB, setting trends. Note also the internal weapons bay on the B17, for the radar cross section I'm sure...
  12. Work has been progressing quite steadily. A bit too steadily perhaps, as I forgot to take any more pictures before the "bulk" assembly was done. A bit of filler here, a bit of filler there, quite a decent amount around the intakes. Said intakes were also the only bits needing any major attention to make them fit prop... as well as they could. The whole thing was taken step by step so I'd have as good access as possible to sand things down, with the intakes being the last step. Overall surprisingly fast work, as the continued absence of almost all surface details means you can go at it with impunity a lot of the time. Waiting for the filler to set was usually the biggest obstacle. The fiddliness prize here goes to the engines though, Reini's build thread will give you a decent look at things, but by and large once the "roof" is on over the mid fuselage you get a rear-facing rectangular hole on each side to insert truncated-cone engine tubes into. Some carving away at the lip of the roof is needed to make room for them. They then have no guides whatsoever rally as for where they go into the fuselage, so I just rested the rear end onto the very edge the bits they seem meant to rest against (I should probably have put them a few mm further back though) before simply shoving the front end as far to the outside of the fuselage as possible. With the only visible part begin the very rearmost end alignment exact of the front end should be of relatively minor importance. The top and bottom covers that, well, cover the engine tube and hide all the misery could then be attached with some minimal sanding. All that done I noticed that there were a pair of parts that were supposed to be glued onto the tubes, and that the top cover would then rest on. Oh well, as the would never be seen I guess they're just there to help get things in palace (despite having no marked place to sit on the tubes), and I managed anyway. Slightly modded seats put in place. They really should lean away form each other to avoid traffic jams if both pilots decide to be elsewhere in a hurry, but the canopy had other ideas even after I did some chopping here and there. Just like Reini I also noticed that the clear parts for the small windows on the sides weren't really resembling the shape of the opening all that much. They were also maybe not entirely to scale when it came to thickness either (~80mm) and had some serious sink holes. My solution was to just dump the clear parts and use Micro Krystal Klear instead. This also saves me masking it, I'll just tear them out after painting and make new ones. With the canopy and wind-shield being less than clear I though I'd polish them up a bit. The canopy is no worse off than before, but I did manage to crack the wind-shield, which then turned to milk when I tried to glue it back together. Marivox customer support is on the case. Then a final bit of major fiddliness with the main gear doors. Quite a contrast when compared to the gear wells, as these contain no hints of details or even (it seems to me) the rough shape of the real thing.
  13. I do pretty much straight up need an Sk60 in the cabinet, so this is well within reasonable for making that happen. They're supposed to be anti-tank rockets that just happen to look a lot like sidewinders, but yes, not finding any photos despite searching high and low (so very, very low it turned out) both online and in a book makes me somewhat suspicious about the design. As for the sidewinder itself I think that was to have been an option for the 105XT variant, but no one ever bought that one. The only missile the Swedish Air Force appears to have considered putting on the Sk60 was the Rb15, but that proved to be a bit much to be really feasible. Btw, does anyone know if this thing needs some weight in the nose? There's plenty of room for it at least.
  14. Plodding along. The fuselage offers the possibility to have all the attachment tabs you want, wherever you wan them. In that you'll be adding them yourself. Getting the cockpit floor to fit in took a good deal of abrasion and sharp edges directed both at it and bits of the side wall detail. Once that was taken care of though the fuselage halves mated up surprisingly well. The entire seam needed some filler of course, but thanks to the utter lack of surface detail smearing that on and then sanding it off again was quick and easy. The touches of black paint there are due to the design of the intakes. I'm guessing that simply having an empty hole into the fuselage here will be less noticeable than a solid wall, so said wall is about to meet my mini saw and the black is then to make stuff inside even less noticeable. I've also started to look into the armaments. Available options here are smaller rockets (two pair pylon), larger rockets (very Sidewindery in appearance) and 30mm gun pods. I've seen at leats one photo of a mixed gun pod and small rockets load out, which did look very nice. Probably a photo op/air show load though, as nothing I could find suggested that the aircraft ever went into the air with pods and something else. (And even them it may have taken a spirited fart at the right time to get off the runway.) My mind made up I started to look around for the rocket fins on the sprue and, well... That's a.. peculiar way of doing it. Thankfully there's fins on the PE sheet as well. Of course, that means gluing tiny PE bits edge-on to a rounded piece of plastic. Unsurprisingly that quickly devolved into an exercise in sulphuric expressions. Four fins per rocket, two rockets per pylon, four pylons... I don't think this will end up all that well. So I went back to pondering. And to aid me a bit I took what I had, cut loose some big rockets,a nd assembled the gun pods. Pods went together kinda ok, but the sprue attachment points were at the rear and the front. So now they have bits of stretched sprue for barrels. Anyway, swapping out the small rockets for the big ones, or going for an all big rockets load-out was considered. But I just can't seem to find any photos whatsoever of these larger anti-tank rockets so, nah. As it is I'll probably just go for pods and nothing else, which is to have been what the air force also ended up preferring.
  15. That happened to me too. There really isn't much keeping the fuselage together up there. My solution was to glue it back together and then fill the seam with stretched sprue to simply have more plastic holding things together. As for the paints, hm, maybe a touch extra blue in the blue as a completely non-expert opinion?
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