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  1. I find the lack of SAAB aircraft in this groupbuild disturbing. Heller did quite a few SAABs in 1/72. As a Swedish modelbuilder I feel grateful for Hellers efforts and I got to build a Swedish Air Force aircraft here. After looking through my somewhat huge stash I decided to go for an A 32A Lansen. I haven't built any of those for many years. When I was a teenager I must have built at least five of these nice kits. The J 29 Tunnan was also a favourite and I remember building many of this wonderful kit. I was in "Flygpojkarna" which was youth activities arr
  2. Hi guys. Want to show you my second Viggen. Early this year I built the Sk 37 from the Special Hobby Duo Pack, now the AJ 37 followed. Some extras were a pilot from PJ Production, pitot tubes from Master and the m/70 rocket pods from Maestro. I used the nice vinyl masks from DN Models for the paint scheme.
  3. Hi all. Currently I´m working on my second Special Hobby Viggen in 1:72 scale. In the meantime I want to show you the first one. It´s the SK 37 trainer from the "AJ 37/SK 37 - Duo Pack". Only aftermarket item I added was a pilot from PJ Production. The Viggen is painted with different shades of aluminium from AlcladII. The base was drawn in Affinity Photo and printed on rigid foam board. Daniel
  4. I got a Heller SAAB J 21A out from the stash. I decide to try another approach attaching wings to the fuselage. The wings are three parts, one large bottom and two parts for the top so I started by building them together as I always done before. But when I got to the fuselage I only glued the part in front of the cockpit and let it set. Then I glued the fuselage to the wing assembly leaving the rear of the fuselage unglued. This way I could press the fuselage out to the wings leaving no gap to be filled. When the glue had set I glued the top of the rear fuselage together. N
  5. I've started a new build with something that has always interested me. I'm a bit stunned that there is now not only modelkits of these objects but they are also very, very good! I might warn you that this build might sound like a commercial for the company Pilot Replicas but I don't work for them, unfortunatly... These are the kits I'm going to try and do something nice with: I was going to start this topic a few weeks ago but I couldn't resist building instead. I've started the J 29 Tunnan and I'm loving it. I have been building models for the last 30 years but I have never see
  6. Most of you that have not seen my WIP are probably not familiar with this one. It was a never-realised project from the late fifties to create an attack-/bomber aircraft to carry the projected (but later cancelled) Swedish nuclear bomb. See more in the WIP thread. The whole project was cancelled since it would have become too expensive, and instead Saab started working on what became Viggen. But this is the missing "36" between Saab 35 Draken and Saab 37 Viggen. I used RBD Decals for Saab A 32 Lansen. This individual is portraited as it would have looked like in about 1
  7. Since I am almost exactly as old as the 50-year celebrating Saab Viggen it was pretty logical to start a few Viggen builds this year. My plan is to build the first and the last Viggen, and I am currently working on a Tarangus JA 37 that will become 37449, the last Viggen. But here is the first one, the first prototype in its first configuration that flew for the first time on February 8 1967: I used the old Esci/Airfix kit which of course might sound rather stupid... But I had one in my stash, so it was cheaper to build it than to buy a new Tarangus.
  8. For the 50 year anniversary of the first flight of the Viggen I built two Lansen's used in the test program. First out is a A 32A Lansen "Gamma" used for tests of the Radar and some electronics. It is a Heller 1/72 kit with "Gamma" parts from Maestro Models and decals from Moose Republic (ex. RBD decals) Next is a J 32B used for ejection seat tests. Also a Heller kit that was converted to the Fighter variant J 32B using the conversion set from Maestro Models. I had to scratch build a new cano
  9. I have been building Viggen prototypes The first one is the full scale wooden mock up that SAAB built before the actual prototypes. 37-0 Airfix 1/72 conversion. Next is the first prototype 37-1 Also an Airfix kit. Built with the canards pointing upward like they were initially. Second prototype 37-2 Also an Airfix kit. Canards in the normal position. The first two Viggens had green cockpits and since the Airfix kit was bare I made some paper cockpits for them. Frontal view of 37-1 and 37-2
  10. Yesterday it was 50 years since the first flight of the Viggen so I built myself another viggen to commemorate this. Heller 1/72 SAAB AJ 37 in early configuration. It means using the small twin intakes in front of the external fuel tank and the larger fin under the tail. Same as the two seater. Armament are two Rb 05 missiles and two 30mm gun pods.
  11. Hello, I’m a new member of this community and I’ve decided to start my first “in progress” topic. Honestly this decision was boosted by the very nice feedback I’ve received after posting one of my models here. The subject is “a Swedish Draken”. I have to admit that I’m not an expert neither on this flying machine nor on Swedish aviation but the memories of my early beginnings in plastic kits are strongly connected to the 1/100 scale Plastikart Draken. That was a different era, today the hobby looks more like OEM work but I do not regret it (I’m old, with job wife and kid and free time should
  12. 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 Tara
  13. 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 g
  14. Heller Lansen kit with the fighter conversion from Maestro Hobby. The target towing equipment is scratch built. The target tugs started out with the day glo checker pattern but it changed later. So I have to build an second one. Building of it: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235007648-saab-j-32b-lansen-target-tug/
  15. So the Heller-Matchbox 1/72 combo is ready. A target towing plane from the Swedish A.F. The two targets are scratch built. and the plane was converted. More about the build here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235007520-saab-j-29f-tunnan-target-tower/
  16. Here is another build of this great little kit: Most is OOB. I sanded down the fabric texture on the fin, which is almost impossible to see on a real aircraft (I saw one live just a few days ago). I also added the small "lips" above and under the exhausts and re-shaped the fairing in front of them. Other issues are well-known before, assembling the wings means some difficulties since the leading and trailing edges are moulded integrally with the top. This means a pretty difficult join along the flaps ans wingtips - dont get fooled by the instruction sheet that shows this as if there we
  17. This one may look strange, but the camouflage and colours are actually correct! The first Drakens were delivered in bare aluminium, but in 1961, Swedish Air Force painted a number of Drakens, Lansens and Tunnans in different patterns of green and blue, to find a substitute for the traditional Swedish camouflage in green with blue-grey undersides. One was even painted blue with green stripes! Someone might remember this ones from the old Revell boxart: Since this was the first production version, J 35A, a few modifications had to be made. One of them was a slightly different seat (the
  18. Finally, I have managed to finish this project that I started almost three years ago. For years I have wanted to build one of the last Drakens in Swedish service, especially those which were not painted grey but kept the old blue/olive drab camouflage even after the J modification - apart from the nose and exhaust cone that were re-painted. In fact, this individual, 10-52, was the last camouflaged Draken to fly. I have used Aires cockpit and wheel bay set, Aires exhaust and plenty of photo-etch from Eduard, including the ladder. Plus pitot tube from Master and some scratched details. WIP t
  19. I started this build a few years ago, and progress has been extremely slow. My ambition is to build Draken number F 10-52, the last blue/green Draken in Swedish AF. Most of the airframe is really weathered, apart from the nose section and the exhaust cone which were modified and re-painted when J 35F became J 35J. Most of the modified Drakens were painted grey, but a few remained blue Airliners.net image removed Solo's great work on this individual gave me inspiration to start again, I am using Aires resin cockpit, exhaust and wheel wells, and parts of Eduard's exterior photo etch (but not
  20. This year, Tarangus released their fourth kit, the Saab Safir, and for the first time we could build a model of this classic Swedish trainer in 1/48. I built mine as a four-seater from F 11 wing, about 1977. Maestro Models' forthcoming decals for those camouflaged Safirs are not released yet, so I had to find decals in my spare decals box. The model is small, but sometimes a bit tricky to build. The main problem is the canopy. The fit is pretty bad, and lots of sanding and mofdifications were necessary. The other problems are mostly due to poor instructions that leaves you with a few un-ans
  21. The "Vampire over the Northern skies" edition built as a Swedish J 28B from F 11 wing. Built mostly OOB apart from the intakes that were slightly modified. Since they are corrected in the F.3 version, this would be a better model for a Swedish one, but was not available when I started this build. Some decals were replaced, the national insignias were too dark blue, and the griffin at the nose that should be on a gold background, not yellow. A nice kit, fit is good and the panel lines are not too obvious - although they of course are too visible since they are almost invisible on the r
  22. For Swedish modeller, the announcement of AZ Models Tunnan was one of the best news ever. But if the happiness of the announcement was great, the sadness when it was finally released, was even greater. You do not have to be an expert on this Swedish jet Icon to see that the aircraft AZ released, was something completely different from the beautiful flying barrel of Sweden. Anyway, I bought it, hoping that someone would release a conversion in the future. Maestro also did, but this was just an expensive way to create a Tunnan that was just slightly better than AZ's original try. Recently AZ
  23. Here is a rather odd Lancaster! Sweden bought one ex-RAF Lanc in 1951 as a testbed for Swedish jet engines planned for Saab Lansen and Draken. This aircraft was designated Tp 80 and flew a great number of test flights 1951-56. However, the engine project was abandoned and instead, it was used for test of afterburners. Sadly, it was lost in a crash in 1956. I used Revell's model (Airfix' was not released when this project started) and a conversion set from Top Gun. I also added some details to the Merlin engine. The Top Gun set was far from good. Poor fitting and lots of small holes in th
  24. In 1951 Sweden bought one Lancaster to use as a testbed for Swedish jet engines. The Aircraft was designated Tp 80 and flew lots of test flights until it was sadly lost in a crash in 1956. The model is Revell's using a conversion set from Polish company Top Gun. This set is far from Aires or Eduard standards, so using it meant lots of sanding and filler. I also decided to show one of the Merlins, that got some extra detailing.
  25. 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 weather
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