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  1. Hello Everyone, Just completed the second aircraft of my Swedish duo build project - SAAB J32B Lansen this time: Here is the WIP link: The Lansen was a great achievement of Swedish aircraft industry. Project started in late 40s and the first production aircraft started to join Flygvapnet in late 50s. The project pioneered in many aspects: the first aircraft designed with heavy use of computer supported mathematical computations, the first Swedish supersonic aircraft. Lansen was designed to carry advanced radar which was making it an all-weather machine. Attack version was capable to carry one of the world's first cruise missiles. The kit that I used is the Tarangus kit which is a short-run kit and has been released fairly recently. I guess the molds were actually produced by Sword as could be judged from the bluish plastic and very familiar quality of molds (nicely detailed surfaces with delicately recessed panel lines but at the same time quite softish smaller bits). Fit was reasonable although with short run you should expect a lot of dry-fitting. Main surprise in this case was the canopy which literally jumped at its place - not always happening with Sword products! The list of improvements to the kit included: - improved cockpit interior with Maestro Models p/e set, some scratched parts, added brake handles to chairs from wire, reshaped operator's windscreen to make curved angles - improved some other areas with Maestro p/e - exhaust, wing fences - made airbrakes from Maestro p/e - these cannot be modelled opened from the kit - cut the airbrake openings and scratchbuilt interior for airbrake bays - decorated main wheel bays with pipes and wires - reassembled front wheel - this is a single part in Tarangus kit but its shape was very poor - not straight at all, a bit simplistic. - drilled openings here and there - guns, intake on fuselage side - made transparent navigation lights - replaced kit's pitot with the one from Master - replaced Sidewinders with those from Hasegawa set - added resin missile pods from Maestro Models Painted in Green wraparound scheme. H309 Hobby Color green is used. Leading edges and gear bays interior are vallejo dull aluminum. Bottom rear fuselage is dull aluminum with some gun metal added, black radar covers, undercarriages struts are from green-black mix to match dark emerald green colour on actual aircraft. Decals are from the kit. No problems with their quality at all. Some technical stencils are present but just a handful of those. I chose a colourful scheme with Ö68 red squares from the late sixties. The aircraft is from F12 wing which was based in Kalmar. Some dirt and stain added on flaps, fuselage underside, exhaust pipe etc. Finished with Micro Satin acrylic lacquer. Transparent parts are covered with Future. Weapons installed are not green dummy training options traditionally seen on Swedish aircraft but are warheads which seemed to be natural metal for missile launchers and standard AIM-9B scheme for Swedish made Rb24 missiles. Now some tasty pictures "with something else". Firstly my full Swedish collection: Next are some photoes with Lansen's peers. Hunter with same Avon engine: F-101B which was an American version of an all-weather aircraft (and Lansen could have carried nukes too!!! - it's just Sweden never progressed with its nuclear program): Sizeable aircraft Lansen was! Not lost next to a huge Voodoo And lastly with the Hun which is very close dimensionally to the Lansen: Hope you enjoyed All the best! Dennis
  2. Well I am back....after nearly 2 years away from the bench, given the current situation I have a bit more time on my hands.... Where did I go? Well its a bit of a story, a combination of things...my last GB was the Hawker Siddeley in June 2018 - I didn't complete my 2 x 1/32 hawks as I went off to Russia 18 world Cup with work. On my return and after some leave, my boss and Head of the team told me he was moving on to News UK, leaving me to step up as acting Head. My younger son, then playing grass roots football in goal was also asked to go to Ipswich Town for some training, ending up at the centre of excellence, playing in goal, a year up at U14. So a new busy job plus 3 nights at footie training a week, plus games at the weekend left little time and I drifted away from the hobby.... I applied for the position and with luck I got the job...football continued at a pace, as does work, time away, family life etc ...then COVID 19 has struck us all....leaving me working from home rather than a 2hr each way commute to London, all football off until at least early July, strange work tempo...what to do? All the 'Man Jobs' quickly completed, including the garage where my work bench area was...... So here I am, I will need to remember and brush up on a lot of skills, check my kit, paints, filler etc.... Back in 2017 a good friend, Finn Isaksson, who was the Head of High Risk Projects at Swedish Radio, invited me for a coffee whilst in a meeting somewhere, asked what I did out of work...it became clear we both enjoyed modelling...I remarked I'd never done any Swedish aircraft...he had himself served in the Swedish Airforce. A few weeks later the Lansen arrived in the post...I promised him I'd build it, but the rest is history as per above. Now the time has come! Standard pre build pics.... There should be in the post, will need to order the paint I think... Some would say its a lovely plane, others...... I thought I would some the J 32E ECM version to do something a bit different...go easy on me, 1st model for 2 years! I plan to build a little 1/72 Spit I have as well as a bit of a Muler to practice my skills on! I normally do in flight mode, but no pilots, so in a bit of a quandary....will think it through... my bench tidied up a bit....no doubt will have a shopping list... Wish me luck!
  3. So the Tunnan (Matchbox)was recently completed which I decided to add to the rock displaying its younger Lansen(Heller) stablemate. I find natural metal finishes quite a challenge ....not there yet but ill keep trying
  4. Hi Here are some pictures of my recently completed model of Tarangus 1/48 J 32B Lansen nicknamed Lansen Sport. I've used every aftermarket item available from Maestro Models for the Lansen and quite a bit of scratchbuilding, mainly in the wheel wells, landing gears and cockpit plus a full length engine intake. The Tarangus kit requires a bit of TLC but can be made into a real good looking model IMHO. a full wip can be found here (in swedish) http://www.ipmsstockholm.se/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3276 More pictures can be found here: http://s836.photobucket.com/user/flarpen/slideshow/Sport%20Lansen/Finished best regards Johan Elvin
  5. Built as part of a 60th Heller Anniversary group build over on HyperScale's 1/72 GB forum. It's a well-engineered kit, but I made the build a bit drawn out by scratch-building the rather complex missile pylons and converting some RB304 prototype missiles from an old Hasegawa Viggen to the in-service RB04 examples. I also replaced lost raised detail using Archer Fine Transfers' resin panel line decals for the first time. Here're the pylons and missiles in progress: And here's the same kit I built ages ago, re-scribed and converted to a J 32B with scratch-built air-brakes, cannon troughs, and afterburner.
  6. Hi guys, i'd like to show you my new Lansen from Tarangus. Not exactly an user-friendly kit and finally after 8 months i call it done. Phew ( WIP thread in czech language here: http://modelari.org/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=994 ) Thanks for looking. Br from Prague. Andrew
  7. Here is a first look at this exciting release, which also is a bit scaring after the Hobbyboss Tunnan. Let us start with the boxart: Nice boxart, for once it is correct with the often shown mountains on Swedish subjects, since F4 wing is located in northern Sweden (although this looks more like the Alps than the Swedish mountains, but you can't win them all... ) First sprue with body halves: First the most important question: Is it really 1/48 scale - the Tunnan wasn't. The answer is yes. At least almost. I have not measured it myself, but it is just a few millimeters longer than Tarangus' Lansen. The nose is thicker than Tarangus', and I think it is a bit too thick, but I have to check references first. The belly tank has correct shape - which Tarangus don't have. The part behind the cockpit has wrong shape while Tarangus have captured it better. This will be pretty tricky to adjust. On the other hand, the gun openings are better than Tarangus'. Surface detailing looks pretty good, although there seems to be a bit too much rivets since they are almost along every panel line. But panel lines look correct and are fine and crisp. The small air outlet needs to be opened, otherwise it will look weird, it is too big to just be painted black. The rear part differs a lot from Tarangus J 32, but the truth is somewhere between the both. Hobbyboss has a better shape of the "cut" at the exhaust, but the part above it is far too long. Cockpit looks like a Lansen cockpit, but almost nothing is spot on. But for most builders it is good enough. However it is larger than Tarangus - and i think that Tarangus is right. Lansen is a wide aircraft since it was designed for a Swedish-designed engine that never was used. The license-built RM 6A was not as wide as the one that was intended, which resulted in a very wide aircraft. Hobbyboss seems to have made a cockpit that fills the whole space - which the original one didn't. Next sprue: Not much to say here. The engine part is very basic. but not much will be seen anyway. Ejection seats are like the cockpit - at a first glance they look correct, but they aren't. They are far too large and shape is incorrect. But for most builders they are enough. Hobbyboss have included air brakes - Tarangus didn't - and this is really great since they always were extended on a parked aircraft. It is a pity that they are far too small, they are almost in 1/72... Wings look great, size and shape is correct and it is a good idea to integrate the mail wheel well. However it is a bit more difficult for super-detailers, since the real thing had no "walls". But for most builders this is an excellent solution. Wingtip lights and elevons are separate parts (not on Tarangus). Underwing stores are included for a J 32E, something that Tarangus have not. Clear parts are fine and crisp and looks correct. The windscreen wiper is a separate part - well done! A small photo-etch sheet is included with parts for the far-too-small air brakes. Finally the joke of this box: The decals. Wrong typeface, wrong colours, "hand-written" stencils and more. These are completely useless and will destroy even a perfect built and painted model. The only place for these is the dustbin. So what is the conclusion of this first impression? Well, it looks as if this model can be built into a decent model of a Lansen. It is probably much simpler to build than Tarangus release. However, the errors in shape and simplified construction makes it difficult to build into a perfect replica. If you just want a Lansen, this could be a good choice. But if you want to build a perfect Lansen, Tarangus is still the only one. Price is lower than Tarangus, 43.99 GBP vs 64.99 GBP for Tarangus at Hannants. However, bear in mind that you have to find aftermarket decals (Tarangus release has absolutely brilliant decals), and - I also would recommend - aftermarket air brakes. Air brakes are necessary for Tarangus as well, but the difference in decal quality makes the price difference smaller. And now: Let's start the build!
  8. Here is my build of Hobbyboss new Saab J 32E Lansen. A kit with its errors, but that was far better than I expected. I have tried to capture the blue/green Swedish AF camouflage (also featured on Draken), where the blue turned almost turquoise. This Lansen was one of the last flying in regular service. It was modified for electronic warfare and flew until 1998. Here is ther WIP thread. But in brief: This is not a bad kit at all. Of course (remember that this is Hobbyboss), there are a number of pretty obvious errors. Most of them can however be fixed rather easily. But overall shape is good - it really looks like a Lansen, panel lines are great, and (almost) correct everywhere. Here is a short list of things that have to be corrected: -Nose shape is a bit wrong, but can be improved through sanding and by moving the nose cone panel line about 3 millimeters forward. -The part above the exhaust is far too long and too thick. This can be fixed easily in a way that makes 95% of all viewers to think that it is OK, but demands extreme surgery to fix perfectly., -Lansen had only one pitot tube, the kit supplies two. -The shape of the air intakes is a little wrong, but this can be adjusted to 95% perfection with a knife and some sanding There is something strange with the canopy. It just doesn't look right when it is closed, I think it is a bit too rounded and that the front part is a bit too long. Therefore, I decided to display it with open canopy, which demanded some extra cockpit detailing. The rear instrument panel is wrong for the E version (and actually, for other versions too...) and had to be replaced by a scratch-built one. In fact, cockpit is far too large(!) But if you can live with that, it still is very similar to a Lansen cockpit. Air brakes are included - great! It is a pity that they are too small and with a slightly wrong shape... I used Maestro Models air brakes instead. The electronic warfare pods are almost correct. When overall shape have its errors, details are often great. I added some details in the wheel wells: The kit also has some errors that are more difficult to fix: -The area on both sides of the front part of the fin (above and in front of the stabilizers) has wrong shape. -Wingtips (also on stabilizers) have a slightly wrong-shaped angle -The rear part of chaff dispensers should be a bit thicker than the rest of the pod. -The part behind the cockpit has wrong shape, the rear part of it should be wider (and not drip-shaped) -Decals are crap, and also wrong for a J 32E (The actual aircraft was a J 32B, but is preserved in flying condition after being modified as a E - or maybe a D target tow . Still, it never flew in these markings as a J 32E.). I used Maestro Models decals instead. If you want to have a Lansen in your collection, this can be a kit for you. If you want to build a perfect Lansen, avoid this one and turn to Tarangus instead. However, this one is much easier to build, fit is great, and most of the time it was a really enjoyable build. Thanks for watching!
  9. SAAB J32B/E Lansen 1:72 Tarangus Following WWII Sweden was looking for a new Strike aircraft to replace their ageing prop driven aircraft. An ambitious requirement was issued, and Saab came up with the Lansen, a large streamlined dual-seat, single engine aircraft with swept wings and tail, powered by a licence built Rolls Royce Avon. Much is made over its visual similarity to the Lockheed Shooting Star, and even to an abandoned Messerschmitt project, the P1110. Although this is just a result of the prevailing aerodynamic research of the time, it doesn't stop the speculation! The Lansen project resulted in a well-liked and reliable aircraft that served on the front line from 1955 to the late 70s, and in second line service into the 90s. It was capable of carrying the new (at the time) anti-shipping missiles, as well as the A model having an armament of four Bofors 20mm cannon, mounted behind retractable doors in the nose. It could also carry unguided rocket pods and license produced Sidewinders for A2A combat. The B version would upgrade to a hefty 4 x 30mm ADEN cannon. Later on in it's service life four B airframes were modified to ECM training aircraft with the J23E designation. Two airframes were kept airworthy by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority until 2010, sampling radiation in the upper atmosphere. The Kit The kit is The first ever kit of the fighter version of the Saab Lansen, aka Lansen Sport, in 1/72 scale. The kit is typical of a short run kit, the plastic has fine engraved panel lines (a bit too fine at times), there are larger then normal sprue gates and injector pin marks. The review copy has a slightly short shot burner can. The clear sprue is a little thick but not overly so and is clear. Construction start with the cockpit. The tub is not one part but the front and rear are built separately and joined. The front wheel well is fist built up under the front cockpit as the cockpit floor forms the roof of the gear bay. The two sides are added along with the front and rear bulkheads. This can then be flipped over and the control column and instrument panel are added. The rear cockpit has the instrument panel and rear bulkhead added. The two are then joined together. The ejection seats can then be made up and added. Each seat has the main seat part, rails, and head shields to add. Next for each fuselage side the engine intakes are added, then the main gear wells can be added, along with the 4 part exhaust. Once these are all in main fuselage can be closed up. The coaming is then added in front of the cockpits and the glass partition between the cockpits is also added. A prominent blade antenna is added on the nose. Moving toward the rear another blade antenna and four cooling scoops are added. Next to go on are the tail planes and vertical fin. It is good the fin is one part and separate from the fuselage halves as they have been able to control the thickness better. Next up are the main wings. These are of a conventional two part upper and single part lower wings. A prominent blade antenna is added to each wing along with a wing fence. The fence is quite thick in plastic and would benefit from a PE replacement, as would the antenna. The pitot probe is added to the right wing. The wing can then be joined to the fuselage and the ventral fuel tank added. The undercarriage is then added. A single nose wheel assembly complete with wheel is added along with the two front gear doors. The twin landing lights are added to the front of the gear well. The main gear is two part wheels which attach to their own leg. The outer main gear doors then attach to the leg. The inners to the fuselage. There is a retraction strut to add to the main gear leg. The last things to add are the pylons and weapons if you want to use them. Two generic sidewinders are included but are not too detailded. Last item on is the single part canopy. Decals Decals are provided for 4 aircraft. There is no mention of the decal maker on the sheet. 32532, J 32B, F12 From Kalmar wing 1968. Marked with orange squares. Possible use of smaller insignia on the wings. 32536, J 32B, F1 From Hasslo/Vasteras Wing. 32615, J 32B, F15 From Froson/Osterung Wing 1970s. Use of orange square markings which were later removed left unbleached squares on the paint. 32507, J32E, F16-01, From Uppsala Wing, jamming aircraft 1996. Conclusion While it is good to see this type of limited use aircraft available to the 1.72 modeller this is not a mainstream kit and care will be needed in its construction. Tarangus are to be thanked for releasing this in 1/72. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. After the 1/48th model ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234911361-saab-a32a-lansen/ ) Tarangus is to release a 1/72nd Saab J32B/E Lansen kit - ref.TA7202 Source: http://www.tarangus.se/2015/11/05/tarangus-to-release-saab-j32be-lansen-in-172-and-scottish-aviation-bulldog-sk-61-in-148/ Box art V.P.
  11. A close inspection from the recent MiG-31 announcement also indicates that Hobby Boss is to release in 2015-2016 a new tool 1/48th Saab J-32B/E Lansen kit - ref. 81752. Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/pb.103526326472636.-2207520000.1418316818./393657967459469/?type=1&theater Update: V.P.
  12. Finally I have finished this project, that I started three years ago. Today, most people who build Lansens would choose Tarangus' new 1/48 kit. But fools like me are still building this, more than thirty years old, 1/72 kit. I have used Maestro Models' photo-etched airbrakes, interior detalils, air brakes and ladder, plus Maestro's canopy and resin belly tank. The decals (apart from the "39") are RBD Decals' excellent decals. A new wheel well was scratch-built. I also made new panel lines and a few other modifications. I painted it with Gunze acrylics and used dry pastels for weathering, along with some chipping. This was one of the last Recce-Lansens in the Swedish Air Force, operating from F 11 wing, Nylöping about 1977. Perhaps an odd subject on this forum. But a beautiful aircraft that was used in Swedish Air Force for more than 40 years.
  13. Hi Guys, well after 7 months she's finally finished. There was a bit of a break in the middle of the build for some other models, as I wanted to make sure I was working on this model with a full cup of interest. Lots of added details, most if whihc you cant really see now. but thats half the fun. The model represents Lansen 32194 Blue 'Ivar' (thats Swedish phonetic for "I") of F6 wing, Karlsborg, 1964, and the squadron shields were added by me - as they are too nice to not have on! Theres a build thread here Jonners Lansen Build Anyhow- onto the pics. Hope you like her! Jonners
  14. Let's start by pointing out the obvious. For the past 20 years or so, I haven't exactly been a modell builder, but rather a collector. I have started on several kits, but haven't finished anything. So this group build was a God's send! Now I have to build some kits from the stash and finish them as well!! The idea is to build the new Lansens in 1/48 scale from Tarangus. I'll do both the attack and fighter version at the same time. Hopefully I will be able to split the mistakes I will make between the two kits.. I'm sorry for the poor image quality. I'm using my Iphone as I have managed to break TWO DSLRs this year!! So, first up are some sprue pictures! First the sprue for the fuselage of the fighter version! Then we have the attack version! The remainder of the sprues are common (I think..) I will see if this ejector mark disappears under the spar which is on top or if I have to do something about it.. For the A32A I will use photo etch for the cockpit. For the J32 I think I'll use the decals provided. At least at first.. Resin for the fighter version! Different seats compared to the attack aircraft! And the photo etch.. And finally, the decals!! First for the fighter! And then the attacker! Now, I just need to clear my work space and pray that the kids will stay asleep when daddy turns on the compressor and starts using the airbrush...
  15. Just saw that the Lansen fighter version seems to be available! http://www.rebell.com/nyheter/saab-a32a-lansen.html Great news! exdraken
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