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  1. Saab Sk.60 RM9B Engine Upgrade (48R019) 1:48 Pilot Replicas We’ve just finished reviewing the new injection moulded 1:48 Saab SK.60 kit from Pilot Replicas, and have cleared away all the drool, but it’s not over yet. As is the modern fashion, several aftermarket sets have been produced to be available on launch to augment the detail of the base kit, for those amongst us that are detail obsessed. This is the largest and most impressive of the sets, although the seats we reviewed recently were pretty cool. It arrives in a large flat box with the details of the set on the captive top cover. The set includes twenty resin and two Photo-Etch (PE) parts that will allow the modeller to augment the new Pilot Replicas Sk.60 kit with its engine nacelles opened up as if for maintenance. It involves the removal of the centre section of the kit fuselage, which must be carried out before you begin building the kit. Construction begins with making the RM9 turbojet engines from two main halves of the cylindrical assembly, adding an exhaust insert and three ancillary parts around the motor, which is all done twice, one for each side of the fuselage. The section of the fuselage to be removed is marked out in red, showing them before and after surgery to embolden the modeller into cutting into their otherwise intact model. The two halves of the resin replacement to the aft fuselage are joined together and inserted into the back of the truncated kit fuselage, taking care to align the two sub-assemblies to achieve a neat join under the belly and at the wing root where it will be most visible. The two engines are then mated at the rear of the kit nacelle section and the kit tail cone is added behind, then the new resin aft cowling halves are attached at their hinge-points above and below the engines, although this step is likely to be done much later in the build, while the PE rib that glues against the kit nacelle aft edges to add detail can be done straight away. Toward the nose, the new resin one-piece intakes and their trunking are inserted into the front of the kit nacelles, completing the route from intake to exhaust, after which it is closed in by the kit front cowlings during the rest of the build, adding the upper wing shortly after, and carrying on to the end of the kit instructions. The rear page of the instructions show 3D isometrics of the finished kit with exposed engines on one side, and three colour reference photos of a preserved example at a museum on the other, showing that the majority of the interior is painted silver. Conclusion The set is impressive, and the detail is similarly so. I feel that a separate set with just the intakes could find an additional market for those modellers that like a smooth, single part intake on their jet aircraft. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. I am among the happy few to get one of the first small batch of this 10-year awaited little gem. And I can tell you, it was worth waiting for! The kit arrives in a very sturdy box - another box to protect it when sending it by mail is almost unneccesary. The boxart shows an early SK 60A from the mid-70s aerobatics team "Parisgruppen" with the SwAF Pilot School, "Krigsflygskolan", badge on the fin. The kit is molded in the same type of style as the other Pilot Replicas releases, a light grey, pretty hard plastic. The box contains six sprues including one clear. A few parts have a little flash, but nothing that bothers: The canopy is a little thick, but crystal-clear. The cockpit has nice molded sidewalls: Panel lines and rivets are crisp and very nice: The seats have nice details and molded seatbelts, which I guess will be loved by some, not by others. A photo-etch fret is also included. The decal sheet is - as always in PR releases - of excellent quality. It is designed by Moose Republic Decals and printed by Cartograf. It contains markings for four individuals, two NMF and two in the two-tone "Draken"-camouflage, one from the 70s and one from the 80s. The "broken" roundel is for an alternative with a bulge on the upper part of the wing. Just one is needed, but two examples are provided, so you can fail once. I have seen it on a model, and it looks great. However, I doubt that I dare to chose that alternative... The instruction sheet is very nice, with plenty of colour instructions. I will start building this ASAP, I hope to post dry-fitting pictures soon. As mentioned in the Rumourmonger section, this will be available at Pilot Replicas webpage www.pilot-replicas.com in about three weeks.
  3. Hi, Santa just posted this picture on https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2429729957157645&id=390440134419981&notif_id=1640361097575198&notif_t=page_highlights&ref=notif Finally! Yay!!! Not on the webpage yet, though.
  4. With a solid chunk of my builds being Swedish stuff I guess I may as well jump in here. I had planned ot finish another build first, but that's stalled by a misprinted decal sheet so off to the stash I go. The victim this time will be Marivox's 1/72 SAAB 105, or Sk60 as the Swedish air force called it. It came in a few different version used for training/recon/liason/light attack. With the "proper" attack secions of the Swedish air force being known as the supreme commander's club, Sk60 would at times be known as the SC's flyswatter. Apart from Sweden it also found a home in Austria. The kit is one of those small scale business deals with rather more hearth than moulding brilliance. It seems we have the parts here for six different versions (demonstrator, A to D and Ö). Orignally it appears the the box came with decals for five different schemes, later on another three schemes and some PE has been added. Funnily enough it seems none of the marking schemes cover the A and D versions. All in all quite generous I'd say. They're also quite generous with the flash. From what I've read, this kit is "a tough opponent", which won't let you have any progress without a fight. So filler and plaster and concrete and chainsaw at the ready. Going by what I remember of the decals form previous Marivox kits I've built that "Printed by Techmod" on the decal sheet is a very welcome sight. The plan at the moment is for a Sk60B from F21 Kallax with all the ordnance I can fit under the wings, we'll see if I go for winter camo or not.
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