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  1. This will be my entry in the GB: A look at the sprues: Looks and feels very much like Sword kit. Decals and Master brass pitots: I will be doing the second option with the red diamonds: I wont be starting straight away as I’ve still got builds underway in the Frog Squad and WWII Twins GBs. AW
  2. Place holder for my build, which will start in March after my holiday. A quick look at the parts and the instructions show a worrying similarity to Special Hobby, which I don’t have a very good record with, but it looks simple enough. AW
  3. I should probably not start another kit, but where is the fun in abstinence? This summer I had a visit from @Paramedic that gifted me some parts for a AJSH Viggen that I should work a little more with...that one is an even slower build than usual. But anyway. He also brought me a surprise gift in the form of a boxless Lansen! A few years ago, there was a few bagged variants on sale that just contained the parts and nothing else. @Paramedic managed to get some but I didn't even try. Now he wants me to build it! The box, if I had one would look like this This is actually one of the Lansens flying today (hence the reason for both Tarangus and Hobbyboss to have that marking option). It started it's life as a fighter but after being replaced by Draken in that role it soldiered on for many years as a EW platform. Still I don't have the decals for that one, so that goes out of the window, What I do have is this: The kit comes with resin exhaust and ejector seats: Some references: The small book (The enemy in the East) is one part out of three detailing how the Swedish Airforce operated during the Cold war. This book focus on the fighters and their use, the other ones are for Attackers and Recons respectively. Very interesting stuff! Who knew that the Venoms that we used as night fighters during the 50:s were deemed very ineffective as interceptor since it couldn't engage with Il-28 due to lack of speed advantage and serious risks from it's rearward gun turret? The Lansen in the fighter version cam about from the need of having a stop gap all weather interceptor before the arrival of more advanced system (Draken). Compared to the A32A version it got a new much stronger engine (Avon mk47 instead of mk21) 4x30mm Aden guns, better radar and a few other tweaks here and there. With three times the engine power compared to J33, the climbing time to 30000feet was reduced to one third. Top speed and range were not that much better than Attack Lansen though, since the aerodynamics didn't allow for more. 118 of these ones were build, and they served for a decade (basically from 1960 to 1970) before being replaced by Draken. Well, Since I didn't have any decals for it, Moose Republic came to the rescue: There are no resin parts for this kit, but I have managed to scrounge a few metal bits instead! That should keep me busy for a while! Or will it? Probably not, since I've been looking a bit on all sorts of walkarounds and finds all sorts of things that needs to be enhanced in some way or another. Let's fire up the CAD program and start designing bits!
  4. The concept of maritime surveillance does have something in common with real estate business: Location location location. For Sweden's part, the Baltic sea was/is the thing to keep track of, since the age old enemy lurks on the eastern side. It's no secret that even though we were neutral during the Cold War, EVERYTHING was aimed to meet the aggressor from the east. During the 60:s and 70:s Sweden was prepared for the worst, with most of the entire society adapted for this task. This off course culminated during the 80:s and was more or less dismantled by the millennium... but that's another story. During the hey day in the 70:s and 80:s almost nothing could move undetected in the Baltic sea and the first to check out anything interesting was the Swedish Air Force, primarily the recon units. Those guys worked alone, unarmed with only high speed and extremely low height for protection. Over the Baltic, things could happen... https://theaviationgeekclub.com/in-1985-an-sh-37-viggen-in-reconnaissance-mission-performed-aerobatic-manoeuvres-at-low-altitude-to-shake-off-two-soviet-su-15s-one-of-the-flagons-crashed/ One has also heard the tales from recon Draken pilots that were regularly painted by targeting radars and more than once fired upon, but flew so low that the tracers passed above them. But I guess every military branch all over the world has similar tales But this is supposed to be about the AJSH Viggen. Ok, the Viggen was concieved as a platform aircraft that could fulfill many roles. attack was the primary role, with recon a second and fighter as distant third. This was in the time of Multi-Role aircraft, but in the end is still meant that unique versions was built for each role, since it would've led to too many compromises otherwise. The recon Viggen were split in to variants, the SF (spaning-foto) with it's funky looking camera nose with lots of cameras and the SH (spaning Hav) with its maritime-optimized radar and a podded forward looking camera. Previously all recon versions of Draken and Lansen had removed the radar entirely, but now it was felt that a powerful radar was needed. In theory, a pair of SH & SF Viggen could locate and photograph everything interesting that bobbed about in the sea without support from other sources. In practice, this was not always the case. At the end of the 80:s it was clear that the Viggen successor (JAS39 Gripen) wouldn't come online for quite some time, but it would be a good idea upgrade the existing Viggen fleet to something that would be more modern. Numerous options was looked at, but in the end the budget friendly option was chosen. This basically meant a slightly modified computer, new weapons and possibility to finally use the outer wing stations/pylons for Sidewinders. Hence, AJ/SH/SF became AJS/AJSH/AJSF. This allows for loadouts with 2 RBS15 anti ship missiles, 4 BK90 submunition dispensers, or the last resort options of 6 Rb74 Sidewinder... Still no radar on AJSF37 ! But this is supposed to be about modelling, and not me trying to write a lot of things about Viggen which can be found elsewhere, so let's stick to that. This build will be a bit special though, since I'll mostly work on it during IPMS Club meetings, get-togethers and so on, so this is an even slower project than normal for me. I started it back in August last year, and there's been a few things worked on now and then. But let's start with the model. I got that one quite cheaply and gave away the "Röd Johan" decals right away, since I got this instead: The idea is to do this one: This is actually the first built SH , but in its last days as an AJSH flying at the premier Draken wing F10. Why F10? Why not? Well, I did start the model at F10 (its a museum now) during the F10 Memorial competition while sitting directly underneath an AJSF... So far I've only bought the most needed stuff: And I think I will stop buying more things to it! Besides, there is not much left to get... So, what has happened to the actual plastic? Well, I did join the fuselage together Hollowed the vents on the fuselage Swore a great lot about the poor fit of the intakes And finally separated the forward canard flaps for it's resin blocks and neated them a lot. Those flaps are always deployed on the ground, and cannot be set by the pilot. The flap setting is done by the turn-around crew and depends on the load-out. Why deployed flaps wasn't included in the initial Tarangus/Special Hobby boxing is a mystery...but that should be amended in the new ones IIRC. Also keep in mind that the JA canards look a little bit different compared to all the other Viggens. Now, back to the Tempest
  5. My entry is the Tarangus SF 37. A few extras - ejection seat, RAT bay, wheels, pitot probe and canopy and camo masks. My main references.
  6. After the 1/48th Tarangus' Saab JA37 (ref.TA4803 - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234970637-saab-ja37-viggen-148/?hl=viggen) and the Special Hobby's AJ37 Viggen (ref. SH48148 - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234981928-saab-aj-37-viggen-148/?hl=viggen), here's the two seats variant, the Saab Sk37 Viggen, once again by Special Hobby - ref.48150 Source: https://www.facebook.com/specialhobby/posts/920557591372439 V.P.
  7. #23/2022 And another of my dad´s models has passed the finish line. After the Harvard, here´s the second of three Swedish subjects. Tarangus kit which has short-run character, so some more work is needed. Kit decals were great. Added Eduard seatbelts, EZ Line for the antenna wires and lead wire for the brake lines. Painted with a selfmixed blue-gray and Gunze H309 FS34079. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235114245-skydiving-elk148-saab-b17a-svenska-flygvapnet/ The Saab 17 divebomber was Saab´s first serial produced aircraft. There were three version, powered by different engines. The "A" was equipped with a Pratt & Whitney R-1830. The Saab 17 was used by the Swedish Airforce from 1942 to 1947. The model shows an aircraft of 1st Sqn, stationed at Frösön 1944-45. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  8. Now that the Swedish Texan is almost finished, time to start the next viking aircraft. DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr gonna do this scheme DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  9. Source: https://www.facebook.com/tarangus UPDATE on October 5th, 2015: 1/48 - Scottish Aviation Bulldog (SwAF Sk 61) 1/72 - Saab J32B/E Lansen http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234991462-172-saab-j32be-lansen-by-tarangus-box-art-release-1q-2016/ V.P.
  10. The Swedish-built single-engine trainer Saab 91 Safir made its first flight in November 1945. The Safir resembled the German Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann due to the fact that the two planes were designed by the same person, i.e. the Swedish Anders J. Andersson. A total of 323 Safirs were produced in five different versions. The Finnish Air Force used a total of 36 Safirs between the 1960’s and 80’s. When the planes were phased out, 14 of them were sold for civilian use. Saab Safirs were also used in the Swedish, Norwegian and Austrian Air Forces. I built my model from the Swedish Tarangus kit, which was of very good quality for a limited-run kit. The model was easy to assemble, although some puttying and sanding was needed. One challenging part was getting the one-piece canopy sit seamlessly on the frame. Since the model is very rear-weighted, a lot of extra weight had to be added to the nose. I also purchased a Maestro Models photo-etch fret and painting masks for the canopy and I scratch built a lot of extra details. Perhaps the most challenging part in painting the model were the red day-glo areas. I first primed them with white Tamiya fine surface primer since the day-glo paint is very translucent. For the paint I used Vallejo fluorocent red. I covered the surface in several thin coats and in the end the painted areas looked ok in my opinion. I primed the machine with Mr. Surfacer 1000 and then sprayed the surface with Alclad White aluminum. After attaching the decals, I covered the model with Mig’s satin acrylic varnish to achieve the right sheen of the Saab Safir’s aluminium body.
  11. 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
  12. After the J-29A/B - ref. TA7201 - (link & link) Tarangus Models is to release soon a 1/72nd Saab J29F Tunnan kit - ref. TA7206 Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/saab-j29f-tunnan-expected-september-2021-tarangus-models-ta7203-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=181672 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TAR72006 V.P.
  13. Hi! Edit: Changed from a AJSF37 WIp to a JA37D/Di one 20181007 See below. It is time for yet another Viggen for me, this time one of the recce variants. (The last one can be seen here.) I have yet to decide which variant it will be, an AJSH or AJSF 37 - I have aftermarket goodies for both - and I will build both but which one first? I am deciding between an AJSH 37 from F10 Ängelholm during the late 90s and carrying a pair of RB15Fs and a pair of RB74s (AIM-9L) or a SWAFRAP (Swedish Air Force Rapid Reaction Force) AJSF 37. SWAFRAP was set up during 2001 and hade a number of photo-recce Viggens at its disposal. All where painted in the same grey colours as the JAS 39 Gripens and it is not the same as the JA 37 Viggens had. The AJSH 37s kept using the famous splinter camo looking like this (though that is acually an AJS 37 but they are quite hard to distinguish, usually it is by what they are carrying on the hard points) AJSF 37 Box art: I have an unhealthy ammount of aftermarket stuff: Everything but the kitchen sink, eh? If it is the photo recce variant this time around I will use flash- and photo pods under the belly plus a jamming pod and a flare- and chaff dispenser plus a pair of RB24Js (AIM-9J?). If I decide on the sea suirvaillance/maritime strike variant, the AJSH 37, I will use a pair of RB15Fs and a pair of RB74s (AIM-9L). I have both photo etch and the Neomega cockpit made for the ESCI/Airfix kit and planned to use only some of the cockpit resin parts but after compairing it with the kit plastics... I decided to make the resin fit..! Bagging the plastics.. There is still alot of sanding to be done but I dry fitted it earlier today and it seems to work okay! (The IP cover or whatever it is called fell down slightly as I snapped the pic but it fits almost nicely!) Probably gonna paint the side walls and the inside walls before gluing them in and then make the tub fit in there too. Seems slightly tricky to slide down the bang chair but it should not be impossible! Alright! I might not be that fast, have loads of studying and tests this Winter and Spring but it seems like another nice SAAB build. Some inspiration, while they are AJS 37s, the Viggen still looks good in DCS!
  14. 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!
  15. Hey guys, This is my JA 37C Viggen built from the Tarangus/Special Hobby kit in 1/72nd scale. Most painting is done with Mr.Paint from Slovakia. Decals are from the excellent Moose Republic Decals. Weathered as per reference photos. Enjoy! //Nick
  16. Working on my J21R:s and seeing all those rockets I had a thought: didn't Tunnan replace the J21R too? Oh yes it did! The story goes like this: In 1950 J21R arrives to F10-wing which quickly finds out that this aircraft is a bit of a letdown, but starts flying with it anyway. During those 8 months of operation it was decided to transfer the lot of them to F7 wing, which was in the process of converting from a light bomber wing, to a attack wing according to Flygvapnets latest ideas. What F7 really wanted was a good attacker with long range and high speed, but that aircraft (the Lansen) was still some years off. In the meantime they had to make do with what they were given. In 1951 they were formally using A21R for all attack missions, and started to devise new tactics for use in the Jet era. Three years later, they received an important upgrade in the form of A29B Tunnan, which was basically the fighter bomber version of J29B. Higher speeds, more firepower, and more range was all good, but it still was not a match for the requirement "from bases in Västergötland, be able to reach any point in the 2000km Swedish coastline in less than an hour in all weather even during night." F7 used the A29B between 1954 and 1956 when the Lansen finally arrived and brought about a big change in capabilities. But a Lansen will be a model for another day, for this GB I'll just focus on the Tarangus 1/72 Tunnan instead. An end opening box hides very few parts, which are a lot better photographed here: What @Paul A H failed to capture in his photos is this That's quite a hideous flash/mold wear or just bad tooling from whoever Tarangus contracted (my guess is Sword, since it looks like their plastic), so that should be fun to polish away. Fortunately NMF Tunnan are not shiny but very vey flat and oxidized aluminium panels so I might just get away with it. I had a quick tape-up yesterday comparing it to it's predecessor I've just placed an order for new decals from Moose Republic, some etch, masks and new wheels so once that arrives I can make a proper start! But in the meantime, I need to start modelling those rocket pylons and rockets, but this will be done in CAD and then 3D printed... Picture of ground attack rocket armed Tunnan can be found here: http://www.avrosys.nu/aircraft/Attack/175A29-2.htm
  17. Viggen Ground Crew (F48360) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby There must still be a fair few of the ESCI Viggens in 1:48 knocking about, but the newly tooled Tarangus and Special Hobby kits are the intended subject to have this small figure set clambering around under. Arriving in a small blister box with the instructions hidden behind the header card, you get two figures made from five parts of grey resin. The standing figure just needs an arm added to his left side, while the crouching figure needs an arm and head adding to make the most of the detail. The standing figure is wearing ear-defenders and is waving the pilot on, while the crouching figure wears a patrol cap and has a bag slung over his shoulder, with one hand reaching out as if he was under a wing checking something. Conclusion Casting a sculpting are both good, and the arms have keyed lugs to make for a secure attachment. Your Viggen diorama will be improved by adding these guys to give a human scale to the model. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. After the 1/48th kits - Tarangus: link1 & link2; Special Hobby link3 (I'm still waiting the Sk.37 two seats variant Link3), Tarangus is continuing its partnership with Special Hobby (link) with the production of 1/72nd Saab 37 Viggen kits. Source: http://www.tarangus.se/2017/10/30/new-viggen-in-172-scale/ V.P.
  19. I have been waiting a while for this build to finally come up as it’s a chance to build something I have been wanting to for a long time. I had previously built 2 Viggens some 30+ years ago (Matchbox & Esci) both in splinter camouflage with varying success, so hopefully 3rdtime lucky. I’ll be building Tarangus’s lovely SH/SF-37 Viggen ….. …..with a swag of Maestro extras thrown in…... …… plus some bits from Phase hanger….. ….finally some teeny bits from Master Model. …and finally to top it all off some masks from Maestro! I have no idea of the painting order for the masks, this should be interesting! The scheme/model will be the SH-37 Maritime Recon/Strike version fitted with Rb04E Anti-Ship missiles. The build should be simple and straight forward, the painting…….hmm!! Luckily Mr. Paint have a range of acrylic lacquers just for this aircraft so that'll be a huge help with the paint job. I have 4 other possibilities for this GB which may make an appearance depending on how this build goes (F3D-2 Skyknight, Hs-129B3, Su-25K, KaJaPo).
  20. 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
  21. Recieved this a few days ago: Having dreamt of a modern 1/72 Viggen since I started building again ten years ago, I started building immediately. The breakdown of parts is almost identical to the 1/48 Viggen by Tarangus/Special Hobby. And details are similar, it feels like a shrinked 1/48 model in many ways - which means great detailing! Panel lines are crisp and fine, the RAT generator is included and almost all errors from the first 1/48 edition are corrected. Fit is good so far except for some difficulties with the JA insert part just behind the RAT: One of few remaining errors is the out-of-the-blue "intake" on the exhaust cone, which however is easily removed.
  22. This is the brand new 1/72 Viggen from Tarangus/Special Hobby. A great kit, shapes are spot on, fit is great and details are excellent. I decided to build a JA 37DI, the ultimate Viggen, as it looked like just before retirement in the early 2000s. WIP thread here. Some grey Viggens sometimes used exhaust cones from scrapped green camouflaged ones: Most decals are from the kit, but some are from an old Flying Colors Viggen sheet. Great details OOB, landing gears are just as detaliled as if they were in 1/48. I can really recommend this kit, it is a really enjoyable build! I am already looking forward to the Special Hobby releases of the other versions.
  23. Tarangus will release their long-expected recce version of their 1/48 Viggen in May or June this year. It will include a new nose for the SF 37 and parts for the AJ 37-similar SH 37. Positive news of course, however I think it also means that Special Hobby's SK 37 two-seater will be postponed. Source: Rebell Hobby (run by the same company as Tarangus).
  24. Hi guys. For my first roll out here I choose one of my Swedish, finished in February this year. The Tunnan in 1:72 scale comes from Tarangus and i used some etched parts from Maestro Models too. On the fuselage and wings I added some rivet lines. The aluminium finish was painted with different Alclad colors, the rest with Tamiya. Regards Daniel
  25. Hi! I am not sure but I do not think I have ever posted a WIP-thread here. I am mostly reading reviews, resources, commenting others´ WIPs- and finished aircraft. But thought, "-What the Hell, why not?" Might as well make your stuff look even better. This is my second Tarangus JA 37. First one was finished of in the splinter camouflage but I was not too happy with it, too many mistakes so I gave it away to a non-modeller that would still be happy with it. But since I am a massive Viggen (and Draken!) fan I have quite a few more in the stash, with waay too much AM for various reasons... This build is for a friend that is also an aviation enthusiast but is not modelling himself. During our schooltime he managed to get one week at F10 Ängelholm during our "deployment" to workplaces to see what work is all about (drinking coffee and chatting?) during secondary school. He was at First Division at F10 Ängelholm which then flew AJS/AJSH/AJSF Viggens while Second Division flew J35J Drakens. And those were the aircraft we usually saw as kids when growing up some 100 miles north along the coast, or so. I gave him a grey 1/48 Hasegawa J35J a couple of years back and now he has been bugging me to do a Viggen too, sto keep the Draken company. I am not the best modeller nor painter in the world, far from it, and the in too many ways failed first Viggen made me feel I had to get better in quite a few areas before going for another one full of very expensive AM so I took this opportunity to practice. It is not as bad as it sounds but I figured I could build a more *budget version* (it is still very pricey) and try some new (for me) techniques. The choice fell on a JA 37 however, a variant not flown at F10. Instead I chose an example from F13 Bråvalla. One of four Viggens that visited RAF Coningsby in 1989 and is on Two Bobs decal sheet. It was painted in the Jakt-Viggens air superiority greys and id not look too weathered at the time. It was later modified to D and Di-standard and is now preserved at Optand, in the middle of Sweden (close to another defunct Swedish Airforce Wing - F4 Frösön which also flew Jakt-Viggens/JA 37s) Here it is at RAF Coningsby in 1989: Part of the reason I chose that one aircraft (37412) is the "Martin Blå" logo that was painted on the port side of three of the visiting Viggens and on both sides on the forth (37398). The logo adds a little bit extra interest I think. It is for the Second Division at F13 Bråvalla by the way and was retained for some time after the visit. My buddy did not mind a grey fighter-Viggen over splinter recce-Viggen looking like the ones from his school-visit so all is well. (More pics from the visit HERE!) This is how she looked while based at F17 Kallinge later in her career: And these days: Now... I always do better when I feel for an aircraft and this one has that little extra. Growing up seeing them in the sky but half of my family hails from the area around F13 and I did see both recce- and fighter Viggens while visiting there a few times. One memory I have is one Viggen coming in to land over our heads as kids, when we were picking strawberries, just outside the runway at Bråvalla. Here that base can be seen in two quite nice vids from the early 90s just before the base was shut down. Maybe I make less stupid mistakes and use more patience for the build with all those feelings? We´ll see, but it usually works. Here is the decal-sheet from Two Bobs. Sadly a bit tricky to find these days but I am bugging Moose Republic Decals to make more Viggen-sheets and hopefully a few of the Viggens visitng RAF Coningsby might be included. 132nd Fighter Squadron/Martin Blå. Now, the Tarangus Viggen does *need* some AM and I have an unhealthy ammount stored for my own, later ones. But the kit is expensive as is the AM and as the build is also a "practice build" and my friend can´t be asked to pay for a shedload of AM it won´t have that much (lol). I am also a slow builder, at times, so to get it done soon-ish and keep it relatively cheap this is what I have chosen: Canard-corrections from CMK to get the correct angle of the flaps and that extra vortex-generator. I used Maestro´s correction last time and they seem almost identical except the vortex generators on them are separate and you get a resin-tool to get the correct droop on the flap. The wheels in the box are frankly terrible and in need of replacement while the pit needs to be a bit "pimped". Master pitot for that extra good look but no RAT?? Yeah, you have to draw the line at some point. I am not charging my friend anything, he will have to buy me a few beer and I did get some good merchandise in the form of coffe cups, water bottles from his job (the Anti Aircraft regiment of our defence so pretty cool! ) but the kits i a lot of money, as is the time spent so... Yeah, my next build will have afew more extra AM piece thrown in. This one does not need to be too complicated or time consuming. And yeah, no corrected Ja 37 fin. The one in the kit is not entirely correct but good enough for this project. Sorry for along starting-post by the way..
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