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  1. SOVA-M is to release a 1/72nd Gates U-36A Learjet kit - ref. SVM72006 We can therefore probably expect a family of 1/72nd Gates Learjet from Amodel Source: https://hlj.com/1-72-scale-u-36a-learjet-svm72006 Box art V.P.
  2. Learjet 35A Stransky Kits 1:144 The Learjet 35 is one of a series of American multi-role business jets and military transport aircraft manufactured by Learjet. The engines are mounted in nacelles on the sides of the aft fuselage. The wings are equipped with single-slotted flaps. The wingtip fuel tanks distinguish the design from other aircraft having similar functions. The availability of the Garrett AiResearch TFE731 turbofan in the late 1960s led to a development of the Learjet 25 that was initially known as the 25B-GF (Garrett Fan). A test bed Learjet 25 with a TFE731 on its left side flew in May 1971, while the definitive Learjet 35 prototype first flew on August 22 1973. Improvements to this model and to Learjet 36 led to the 35A and 36A from 1976, with higher standard max takeoff weights. Both models remained in production until 1994. The Learjet 35 is known, above all, for its range. It can fly 2,056 miles nonstop. The Learjet 35 offers more than range: it has good handling characteristics, a low fuel burn, and fast cruise speeds as well. A maximum of eight passengers can travel in the Learjet 35’s cabin. It is 12.9 feet long, 4.9 feet wide and 4.3 feet high. There are 40 cubic feet of baggage space, enough to hold about eight standard-sized suitcases. The real strength of the Learjet 35 is its range, takeoff, and cruise capabilities. Two Honeywell TFE731-2-2B engines provide 3,500 pounds of thrust, allowing the Lear 35 to take off in 4,972 feet. Its maximum takeoff weight is pretty high as well at 18,000 pounds. Components of these engines have been used on much higher-performing jets. Their pressure compressors were taken from the Garret 660-series engine, which is most notably used on 747s. The engine’s turbine components come from DC-10s, and the high-pressure impellers are modified versions of the ones used in the TPE 331 and T76 engines. The Learjet 35 has a relatively long range for a private jet and can cruise at speeds as high as 451 kts, or 424 kts with four passengers. Fuel consumption is excellent: the 31A burns 197 gallons of fuel per hour. The Learjet 35 has received some attention-grabbing honours since the first serial number rolled off the line. It was selected for use as a military jet, where it now operates with the name C-21. It was the first private jet to land at Denver International Airport when their new runway opened, and it seems to be a favourite among celebrities. The Model Stranksy is a completely new company to this reviewer, other than they are based in Prague, in the Czech Republic and produce 1:144 scale kits, I know nothing else. What I do know, is what I have in my hands, a dinky little model of a Learjet 35. Shape wise it looks to be pretty accurate even though my only real experience is with a Learjet 25 I look after at work, the 35’s fuselage is the same as is the wing till outboard of the ailerons. The engine pods are deeper on the 35 than the 25 and even in this scale this is shown well. The kit comes in a end opening box which contains a single large sprue of white styrene, a small sprue of clear styrene and a smallish decal sheet. The details in this scale are pretty hard to define, but the panels on the underside of the wing are correct for this model, as are those on the fuselage although they will mostly disappear under a coat of paint, as per the real thing. The only obvious “fault” if you want to call it that is that the main undercarriage bays are not deep enough, and if you really want to be picky, the nose wheel roof shouldn’t be flat by indented to accept the nose wheel. One of the stranger choices the modeller has is whether to open up the side windows and fit with the clear parts provided, or use the different styles as provided on the decal sheet. Assembly is pretty straight forward, with the nose wheel bay roof being glued into position, before the fuselage halves are closed up. The instructions call for 5g of nose weight needed to stop it being a tail sitter. The engine nacelles are each made up from top and bottom halves, including the stub wing moulded to the top half, which sandwich the fan blades and exhaust nozzle. These are then glued into position on the aft fuselage. The single piece tail plane is then glued to the top of the fin. The single piece wing is fitted with the two, two piece tip tanks and fitted with the main landing gear, each of which comprises the main oleo, retraction actuator, two wheels and outer door. Once fitted the main, inner doors are fitted in the closed position, not open as per the instructions. The single piece windscreen is then glued into place as is the ventral fin right aft. The wing assembly is also fitted completing the build for the normal Learjet. For the type fitted with weapons pylons this are fitted in accordance to the measurements in the instructions. If you wish to place you r completed model on a runway vignette, then the bottom of the box is printed for just that occasion, a nice little touch . Decals The decals appear to be printed in house and if I were to be slightly critical the colours are a little dull or off what they should be. Otherwise they are quite nicely printed with thin carrier film and quite opaque. You get three options on the sheet. Gates Learjet 35A of the Swiss Air Force, T-781, Switzerland Gates Learjet 35A, DRF Luftrettung, D-CCAA, Germany Gates Learjet 35A, Phoenix Air, N-549PA, USA Conclusion This is a great little kit of a very sleek aircraft, and one of my favourite aircraft manufacturers. It’s not perfect, but then at this scale no-one will notice that the vortex generators on the outer wings are missing etc. The company have a series of Learjet 35’s available now, some straight business jets while others are special mission aircraft for various air forces, which will make a nice collection. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Stransky Kits is to release in January 2018 a 1/144th Gates Learjet 35 kit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/stransky.kits/posts/928661570616328 V.P.
  4. I built this several years ago but re-photographed it more recently. It's the Hasegawa 1/48 U-36A, a militarised version of the Learjet used by the JMSDF. The basic Lear kit was simplified in detail but fit really well, and the radome/wing pods etc were supplied as resin. I couldn't find any reference of the interior so I depicted some of the blinds half-closed to hide the lack of detail. I did some basic re-scribing and airbrushed the model with Gunze lacquers.
  5. Mach 2 (http://www.mach2.fr/index2gb.htm) has just released a new tool 1/72nd Learjet C-21 kit - ref.GP.057 Herebelow the first boxing. They'll be more boxing, a civil Learjet 35 (ref.GP.058 http://www.aviationmegastore.com/gates-learjet-35-swiss-af-gp058-mach-2-gp058-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LM5437f81d922e6648aeb9de84a9&action=prodinfo&parent_id=0&art=125793), a Finnish AF etc. Sources: http://www.mach2.fr/learjet.htm http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=85229 At Kits Discount http://www.kits-discount.com/fr/maquettes-plastique/avions/mach-2/mach7257-c-21-learjet-1-72.html http://www.kits-discount.com/fr/maquettes-plastique/avions/mach-2/mach7258-gates-learjet-swiss-air-force-1-72.html V.P.
  6. Bombardier Learjet 45, pics thanks to Graeme H.
  7. After the Learjet 55 & 55C (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234986356-amodel-172nd-gates-learjet-55c/?hl=learjet), Amodel is also to release a 1/72nd Bombardier Learjet 60XR kit - ref.72349 Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bombardier-learjet-60xr-72349-a-model-amdl72349-airliner-models/product/?action=prodinfo&art=131967 Box art V.P.
  8. This is the 1/72 Rareplane vacform OOP kit of the Gates Learjet C21-A The model is painted using Tamiya gloss white, black and silver and finished with Johnsons Klear. Although these aircraft were maintained to a high standard and very clean I used some artistic license and added minimal panel wash to the top and bottom surface of the wings and on the engine just to break up the white of the aircraft. Draw decals were used, although I found these were to big such as the stars and bars and the USAF insignia so instead raided my spares and found something of suitable size. All of the interior is scratch built including the undercarriage and entrance steps Crystal clear was used for the windows and navigation lights This particular aircraft is based at Scott Air Force Base USA Anyway I hope you like it Work in progress link http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234938341-172-rareplanes-vacform-gates-learjet-c21-a-finished/
  9. Learjet 25 N121EL, Serial No 10. Built in 1968. For the first 23 years she used as a business jet for companies such as Gates and Waste Management Inc, then in the early 90's she was converted to carry freight. Owned by AirNet Inc based out of Columbus Ohio she was one of 41 Learjet 25's that carried light freight, and packages around the US. In 2004 she was bought by Kingston University to be used as an instructional airframe for aircraft maintenance degree courses. She is also used to give aero design students an insight into aircraft systems and flight controls and maintenance courses run by Kingston College. The scheme she carries is a 9/11 commemorative scheme added to a number of AirNets aircraft, although we covered the Stars and Stiripes on the fin with the Union Flag and added the Uni name on the nose. She is kept in airworthy condition although her CofA is now expired, but all electrical and hydraulic systems are regualarly run, including operation of the flaps, spoilers, thrust reversers, when on jacks they also cycle the undercarriage, usually after weight and balance checks have been carried out. Pics from Dave Haskell.
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