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  1. Having passed through grading season and some time away from everything, a bit of progress has happened. First the scribing was finalized and just about everything from the kit was glued in place, followed by the expected filling and whatnot. Not a lot more to see there beyond the previously dry-fitted photos though, so moving on to the bombs. These were sawn off from the casting blocks and then sanded down the last bit. Quite carefully, given the ring at the end of them. The pylons have also been, hm, approximated might be a suitably diplomatic way of putting it. Thankfully the glue bit into things very well so they attached with a minimum of fuzz. I then slobbered on some black primer, and have now gotten so far as to mottle up the to-be-green bits. We'll see how much of what contrast there is remains once the top coat is on, I may go and mottle over the alternate under-colour parts first to have less contrasts in the amount of contrast so to say, as well as the XF-62 covers it's probably challenge enough to not have it just fully cover the main areas without having to worry about blending in those panels to a suitable amount form the current look.
  2. With the fuel tank being somewhat optional and perhaps not the most graceful bit of equipment I'll make do without. The complete lack of ordnance and pylons for the same is a bit worse in my eyes, and will be taken care of to varying degrees.
  3. I tend to get mostly noise then, still trying to figure out how to whip the camera into submission.
  4. I suspect the nose didn't end up entirely straight, and as a result the under-nose bit that decides if it's an A32A or an S32C (the latter supplied as a clear part) didn't end up fitting very well. (Wings somewhat dry-fitted here). With the inner curvature this ended up being the worst part for filler and sanding. Otherwise filling in various gaps was pretty quick and easy since I didn't need to worry about preserving surface detail. There's also some sinkage here and there, such as by the tail. And as promised above, a quick look at the cockpit. Not a terrible lot going on, but slap on the glass... and I think that's about what's needed. Adding the red bit to the seats seems like it was a good idea though, since those are very visible. Also note the square studs along the fuselage aft of the cockpit. Being raised those seemed like the bit of surface detail I'd have a bother keeping around, but looking at various photos I can't find them on real aircraft. That simplifies things. Anyway, with all that sorted it's time for scribing. I've gotten started somewhat, mostly using a Tamiya scriber followed by some PE saw blades. I'm mostly using Dymo marking tape, the thick kind to be embossed, for guidance, with some regular Tamiya flexible masking tape for the more complex curves. Given how little I know what I'm doing I guess it's going ok-ish, though a number of foul language generators have had to be filled in with Mr Surfacer already.
  5. It's a bit of a mixed bag for me so far. Apart from the fuselage warping and its effects things are going quite well, the cockpit and engine slotted into place very nicely. The fuselage has done more than just bend apart though, resulting in a good deal of filler being needed here and there. As I'm writing I'm realizing that adding a bunch of plasticard tabs to help the rare few locating pegs would probably have been a good idea. I'll be going with a later paint scheme, so that's one mess I won't have to step in.
  6. So I have Gripen, Viggen, Draken and Tunnan standing in the cabinet, so time for probably the least well known of SAAB's famous(?) five: Aircraft 32 Lansen. The plane itself is probably the most normal and conservative of the five, and to the ebst of my knowledge didn't really push any cutting edge technology or go for some original solution to things. Created in the late 40's and early 50's to replace a range of WW2 vintage aircraft (SAAB 18 and 21, Mosquito) the first version to show up was the A32A attack/strike aircraft. This as followed by the J32B, an all-weather fighter with new engine, guns and avionics, and then the S32C which a recon version of the A32A, swapping the guns for cameras. Later on a number of J32B were rebuilt to J32D target tugs and J32E electronic warfare aircraft. For this build I had a bit of a dilemma. Available kits in my preferred scale was a not quite fresh A32A/S32C Heller kit showing its age in more ways than just the raised panel lines, and the much newer but reportedly still not all that brilliant Tarangus more-or-less-short-run J32B kit. The latter did seem like a better idea, but I'd rather build an A32A. I could probably mostly fix the nose, but the engine was probably a bit much for me. Then as I was flopping around with other aircraft I kept having the idea that I really should get some solid panel line re-scribing practice in. And so I think you see where this is going, Heller it is. The whole thing arrived in a bag, with the staples holding the card top in place being heavily rusted. What am I doing to myself... A first check of the fuselage Oh dear. But it should be workable even without the bench vice if I just take it section by section. The canopy seems quite clear, once I buffed out the scratches from banging about in the bag for a decade or three. It's tank armour thick though, so no reason to bother all too much with the cockpit (which has details, though quite soft and faint such). A quick additionw as amde though, as these will be bright reed pieces sitting right under the canopy and their absence thus easily missed. A quick cockpit paint-job later (I guess I should point a camera in there at some point before the canopy goes on) and the part by part gluing gets going. Starting with the upper rear. That done I glued the wings (single underside and separate uppers) together and dry fitted some assorted bits together. Well, that's an aircraft. Now if only the gaps were as benign as it looks in the photo.
  7. Rebell.com have Gunze (Mr Color), Alfahobby.se carry Xtracrylics, and both have Mr Paint.
  8. I'll keep that in mind for the future. It isn't too unlikely that I'll return to the subject one day, and better sights would be one of the big things then.
  9. It does seem like good "aftermarket decals bait" as everyone wants one in their local airfield's livery. Or at least I do.
  10. A Bofors 37mm from Ace, 40mm Bofors on an English carriage and a Flak 36 with the latter two from Zvezda. A quick little project between one that wasn't and one that probably won't be.
  11. So, built them up and slapped on some primer. The 40mm continued the theme from the 88 with a pretty substantial mould ridge to be removed from most things. Now with all this done I took another look at the solid discs trying to be the sights of the 40mm, and decided that even I could probably touch it up a bit. So off with those and out with the brass wire. Actually filling in the spider webs on the other hand seems like it'd likely just end up a mess. So off to paint. And there we are, all glossed up for the wash.
  12. Isn't 2020 a tad late for that?
  13. Your skill strop is clearly up to the task.
  14. To get a bit of variation into the armour shelf I thought I'd have a look at some guns. At first I had some issues choosing, but with much of what's around in 1/72 being somewhat small and simple I ended up just grabbing three at once and calling that a single build. So in the end I ended up with two decidedly iconic guns of WW2, the 88mm Flak 36 and the Bofors 40mm AA gun, along with a probably rather less well known but still somewhat widely used gun, the Bofors 37mm AT gun found in Ace's catalogue (as the Finnish PstK36). Now the first two probably don't need any introduction, but as for the last one it was a small AT gun designed for Sweden's army in the early 30s, and used both as a wheeled piece on its own and in armoured vehicles. It was also sold abroad, the main customers being Finland and Poland, with smaller orders going to the Dutch, the Commonwealth (Ordnance QF 37 mm Mk I), Republican Spain and Denmark. Captured guns then saw service with Germany, the USSR and Romania. Supposedly a very well designed gun it is to have been quite good against the tanks of its day, but as most such guns it quickly started to struggle as we get past the first part of WW2. It had a pretty good HE round though, so it continued to be highly useful against just about everythign on the ground except for tanks. This won't be a big one in 1/72... Anyway, getting started on things with a quick barrel comparison as I drilled them out. I'm worryingly amused by the fact that the tiny little one was meant to knock tanks, while the two much larger where at leats originally meant to be pointed at wood and aluminium. No, I won't even think about replicating the muzzle break holes on the 37mm. The Ace kits goes from "some" to "generous" amounts of flash, and has a bit of mould slippage in places as well. Zvezdas kits are more uniforms, generally having that "ridged" kind of mould line, especially along sides that's be parallel to the mould separation movement. Maybe it makes it easier to pull the pursues out? These two kits are designed to be cheap and simple enough to fit wargaming as well, so... They're still ok from the model building perspective I'd say (though not brilliantly detailed), and well, they were available. The biggest issue is the feed guides for the 40mm ammo, where the two side ones have been cast as a solid block. Some carving out later, followed by a quick plasticard repair, and things are hopefully better. In that it should look better form a distance once painted up at least. As we seem to be talking just under thirty pieces a model here a quick bit of tinkering gave me this. The bit that's turned up under the 40mm gun is the gun blister/pod from a JA37 Viggen, same scale, that I had lying around. 30x173 for an interceptor...
  15. Vallejo paints do tend to have a very distinct, sweetich scent to them.
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