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  1. After the 1/48th kits ( GR. link & A. link ). On LSM forums, the Kitty Hawk's rep, Glen "Kagnew" Coleman, confirms the company 1/32nd SEPECAT Jaguar family project. Of interest are also the words "1/32 French projects before we get into it". To be followed. Source: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=53067&p=617140 V.P.
  2. Jaguar GR.1/GR.3 1:48 Kitty Hawk We discussed the creation of the Jaguar in our review of the French Jaguar A release here, concentrating on the French airframes for obvious reasons. The British order of 165 of the initial GR.1 models with a further 35 T.2 two-seat trainers resulted in the formation of two active squadrons and one Operational Conversion Squadron in the mid-70s, which became operational with the British nuclear deterrent in 1977. As the fast-jet training aspect of the Jaguar's initial requirements was by then removed, further squadrons were raised to carry out reconnaissance tasks. After an avionics upgrade they became GR.1As with more powerful engines that went at least some of the way to dispel their reputation for being underpowered. The GR.3 upgrade saw the avionics and power plants upgraded further still, but only 10 years after this upgrade they were retired before their time (as usual), which marked the end of the Jag's faithful service with the RAF. During her time at the front line, she served in Bosnia, and the first Gulf War, narrowly missing the later invasion of Iraq after Turkey withdrew permission to overfly their airspace at the last minute. The final scheme was a stunning salute to this interesting aircraft, consisting of a blazing orange Jaguar pattern showing through the simulated torn outer skin of the aircraft. After a number were sent to museums the rest were reduced to main assemblies for storage, thus ending an era. India and Oman still operate a number of license built and former RAF airframes, with India carrying out upgrades of their own, including radar systems similar to those proposed for the Jaguar-M in the 70s, with a projected out-of-service date of around 2020. The Kit This is the follow-up to the water-testing (in the UK market at least) that was the French Jaguar A, and as such has seen a couple of changes following comments made about the initial release. The kit arrives in a similarly small box with a desert liveried Jag down in the weeds over from scub land with his wingman in the background. While a lot of Jags will doubtlessly be built in the Gulf War era camouflage, it might have been better to differentiate the two kits by putting another scheme on the box in order to stop the myopic amongst us from choosing the wrong one! Inside the box we get to the important part - the plastic. There are two loose fuselage parts plus seven sprues of pale grey styrene of a type identical to the last kit, so good to work with. There is also a clear sprue of parts, a small sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, a pair of decal sheets and finally a small instruction booklet with a glossy cover and two fold-out pages with full painting and decaling guides in colour. One of my gripes about the A boxing was that the painting guides were incomplete and small, so likely to confuse the hard of thinking like myself. Well done for listening, KH! My name also appears on the cover with a thank you, but my input was so slight that it didn't warrant such a gracious gesture, but thanks anyway Anyone that has the A boxing will be very familiar with the contents of the box, as the majority of the parts are the same, for obvious reasons. The fuselage is split between fore and aft just forward of the engine intakes, and again, I'd consider gluing the two parts together before proceeding. It worked well for me with my A build here, but it might work just as well following the instructions. I did find the filling of the seam to be nice and easy with none of the sticky-out parts installed though. The cockpit is different, and uses a Martin Baker seat that was actually present in the other boxing. Detail is nice and a set of PE seatbelts are included, which are a bit thicker and more detailed than the earlier ones, so again KH have been listening. The instrument panel has the option of a large PE MFD screen for the later mark, or the original circular screen fitted in the GR.1s, although the instructions seem to imply that you put this on behind the main panel, but that could just be my enfeebled brain's way of looking at it. The PE is of higher quality in general this time around, and the instrument panels and side consoles are all much busier. There are also additional instruments applicable to the British machines on the edge of the coaming, which sit either side of the HUD enclosure. The New Sprues The gear bays are identical in this edition, as are the gear legs. The nose gear bay is still a little over-sized, but the main gear wheels have been reduced in diameter to closer replicate the actual size, and are now only a fraction of a millimetre from the now-extinct Paragon replacement parts that were made for the old Airfix kit. The nose of the British Jags were almost without exception of the chiselled variety with the glazing panels beneath the pitot probe. This is depicted by a single piece of clear styrene that depicts the nose, glazing, and a socket for the probe. Behind this is placed a large clear hemisphere depicting the lens within, so a little black paint in the nose might be wise just in case anything can be seen through them. The other glazing is identical, and based upon the two samples that I received, the glazing issues seem to be behind us, and no cracks were visible in the windscreen part. It might be my imagination, but it looks a micron thicker than the one on the A that sits to my right here in the workshop. The error with the two APU exhausts has been carried over to this kit, so you'll need to remove the starboard one from the equation and place a box in the bay instead, using some of our detailed walkaround pictures (found here) as guidance. Of course, if you're leaving the air-brakes closed this that would save a lot of work, but it's entirely up to you. The engine bays are exactly the same as the A boxing, and here you have the opportunity to show the basics of the engine un-fettered by the cowlings that surround them. The fit is good either way, as long as you make sure that everything is correctly seated and test-fit at each stage. I built one open and the other closed, and they both fit pretty well. The engines are the same too, and you have the full body supplied, with forward and aft engine faces, plus a nice PE burner ring that sits inside the rear. The nozzle outers are styrene with a PE inner and petals that you fold in to create the constricting inner exhaust. There is an overlapping tab to secure the end, and careful rolling will result in a nice cylinder that fits snugly inside the plastic outer. Tweak the petals inward, and secure them with super-glue from inside when you are happy with their angle. The intakes are built from two L-profile parts, and as with the earlier kit, they fit together well with minimal sanding or filling, and if aligned carefully with the fuselage, there should be little work there either. Don't forget to paint the insides white or very light grey, and mask off the insides 5mm or so with the body colour, as it'll save a lot of faffing later. There is no forward fan-face or deeper trunking in any of these kits, so a set of FOD guards will ensure there is no see-thru look - there's not much to be seen inside anyway once all the bays are installed, but I have heard stories of modellers with torches at shows. The wings have the slightly concave curved inner panel that caused some scratching of heads on release, but the slats have been reduced in chord, particularly inboard, which as well as showing that KH listen, should also result in a better looking leading edge to the wings. The flaps, aileron and spoilers are all there, with the spoilers the only parts that can be easily placed in either deployed or stowed positions. Drill a couple of holes in the wing underside for your pylons, and install the clear wing-tip lights, and you're done. Just remember that you'll need to hide the seam on the upper side when you install them on the fuselage, but underneath they pretty much sort themselves out. Oddly, the construction of the tail fin and elevators has been omitted and the instructions jump from section 18 to section 22, back to 21 and then on to 22 again. Somewhere the printers have managed to bind my instructions up incorrectly, missing out steps 19 and 20, that would presumably cover the construction of the fin, the under-fuselage strakes, chaff-and-flare dispensers, sundry antennae and lights both underneath and on the upper spine, as well as the important cockpit heat exchanger on the spine just behind the cockpit. Hopefully this is an omission peculiar to my copies that will be rectified in later printings. I'll scan the omitted steps later and post them up for reference, but the fin will differ from the French version, so I'll update it with the correct part numbers. The weapons fit for the RAF Jags was different from the French, but the same "cross-over" sprues are included as well as the same pylons. The over-wing pylons for the Sidewinders were in the box for the A, but unused, and here they are designed to be used, as there is no cover-strip included for when they are not installed. There's not much to them however, so a little scratchbuilding should see you sorted, and it's a good thing, as the over-wing pylons weren't always present in service, especially when there was no perceived air-threat. The weapons included for use with the British Jag are as follows: BGL1000 x 2 Matra 155 x 2 OBL755 x 2 BGL480 x 2 AIM-9M x 2 Fuel Tank x 1 The PHIMAT pod and Magic.2 missiles are hangovers from the A instructions, so shouldn't be used. The load-out diagram also shows the French weapons, and shows the single fuel tank installed on the centreline pylon, whereas the RAF often suspended them from the inner wing pylons in pairs. Markings There are three schemes included on the decal sheets, and it's safe to say that they should please a lot of modellers. The basic schemes are Desert, Green/Grey camo, and the unsual winter distemper scheme. The majority of the decals are printed on the larger sheet with the smaller sheet having the loviz roundels and a rather fetching caricature of Saddam Hussein for use on the Desert scheme. From the box you can depict one of the following: GR.1 XZ364 "Sadman" Gulf War 1991 - all over desert sand GR.1 XX732 54 Squadron, Coltishall 1979 (Bull's Eye '79) - green/grey camo with red shark mouth and blue/yellow checkerboard on the intakes GR.3 XX725 54 Squadron - green/grey camo with white distemper overpainting of the green. Blue/yellow chequerboard motif on tail and intake sides with crest. The latter shows a little of the colour underneath showing through, but unless my eyes deceive me, it has been depicted as grey, when in fact it should be green, matching the green that was over-painted for the Arctic Express exercise in 1994. Decals are well printed and in good register with the exception of the white background printing, so there are likely to be some touch-ups required in places, unless you elect to cut the offending white sections of the roundels off. It's not the end of the world though, as roundels are easy to source, but it would have been nice for KH to have got it right, or ensured that their printers were aware of the need for precision. On the upside, the representation of the Sadman figure with a British combat boot up his backside is excellent, and shows some subtle shading on his uniform and the attacking boot. Stencils for the weapons are included, and annexed off on a per-weapon basis by dotted lines, and KH have thought to include a few white boxes with "Training Use Only Suspension Capable" written upon them. Conclusion A number of issues have been fixed with the RAF boxing, which will please a lot of British modellers (British by birth or interest). Like any model, it's not perfect, but it has got closer as a result of the additional work that's been put in - compared to the old Airfix kit though, it's streets ahead for both the "out of box" builder and the detailer. It's not a kit that you can blunder on regardless and expect everything to fit regardless of application of skill, but if you take your time, learn from others' successes and failures by studying online builds, you will end up with a very good replica of the famous RAF Jag. The instruction goof could have been avoided, but in this online world, it's not insurmountable, and now it's out in the open, it is easily resolved. Now we wait with baited breath for the two-seat trainer, which I'm seriously looking forward to, as it has some unusual lines that if done right should sell plenty. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of and available soon from major hobby shops
  3. Hasegawa 1/72 Airwaves etch for airbrakes Pavla resin seat Modeldecal decals (thanks Matt B!) Gunze paints for camo AK Extreme metal for metallic areas Built for a GB over on Flory Models. Goes together well, though rather basic by today's standards. The photo's show joint lines that aren't that visible in person - honest! Still it looks ok from 3 feet away! Thanks Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  4. So in our Dutch Opschaal.net forum we decided to have a Group Build to mark the 25th Anniversary of Desert Storm.. And what says more Desert Storm than a Jaguar? The kit I have is Kitty Hawk's.. that's right.. a proper job. And to complicate things further I will be using Aires.. and some Quickboost, but that almost never gives a problem.. So a bad fitting kit with some more bad fitting resin.. Wanna join me? Review of the kit here.. Nice manual with seperate correction sheet because they forgot some steps.. Darn.. wrong Aires pit (French Jaguar), wheelbays and speedbrakes since they were open on the ground.. Quickboost and Master goodies.. scratch: QB Gun barrels, only for French Jags.. I will also be using Lifecolor Desert Pink and the correct Aires English Jaguar pit. Anyone interested in a French pit? IP, right side of the tub and the seat are apparently different. I will be having two choices in decals, Xtracolor and KH. Don't know yet which I will be using. Some issues to address: - speed brakes open (Aires) - wheel wells (Aires) - close the hatches on the nose - engine bays closed - different wheels (I ordered Mastercasters and these still look ridiculous, now ordering Armory) - AN/ALQ-101 (Flightpath) - ALE-40 chaff/flare dispensers: as is with KH - antenna update for an updated GR.1 (Quickboost) - Updated: underwing pylons incorrect size and shape (again French pylons?) - Updated: fuel tank too small - Updated: leading edge wing has shape issues The hatches do fit reasonably with some TLC.. Compared Aires pit with KH pit.. some plastic needs to go from the inside sidewalls.. Aires wheelbays are likely to fit .. way thinner.. which side of the cockpit top cover is wrong? let's dryfit the fuselage.. backside.. spine is taped toegether and there are some shape issues.. the instructions for placing the bulkheads are vague at least.. that may be discarded if you want to use the Aires speed brakes.. so the left part is not right.. and suddenly it does look like a Jaguar.. strange fit issue compared to the rest.. cockpit to fuselage looks to better with a tiny piece of plastic card in between the halves.. Holy moly.. Kitty Hawk could learn a thing or two about mold releases.. inside of the engines.. This is the way the bulkheads should be.. take careful notice..
  5. After the single-seat 1/72nd Jaguar A - ref.87258 (thread is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965083-172-sepecat-jaguar-a-by-hobby-boss-released/) - Hobby Boss is to release a two-seat SEPECAT Jaguar E kit - ref.87259. Source: http://www.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt9/trumpeter_hobby_boss/index.php?Page=3 Box art V.P.
  6. SEPECAT Jaguar T.2 XX829 at Newark Air Museum. Pics mine.
  7. RAF Jaguar GR.3A XX116 decommissioned from 6 Sqn, and now at the Ministry Of Defence Fire Training and Development Centre, Manston. Pics thanks to Alex (Acky190).
  8. HobbyBoss is to release in late October a new tool 1/72nd SEPECAT Jaguar A kit - ref.87258. Source: http://scalemodels.ru/news/7809-Hobby-Boss-oktjabr-2014.html V.P.
  9. Coming soon (a couple of months being the latest prediction) from our friends at KittyHawk is the 2-seat trainer variant of the SEPECAT Jaguar in 1:48 , which will be the first injection moulded 2-seater in this scale. The boxart is available to view now, and if you look over in the Mig-25 thread, you might be lucky enough to see a pic of a part-built kit in the foreground. Roll on Christmas!
  10. Hi all I have kindly been aloud to enter this old kit I got from Telford. I love old kits and I really love Matchbox. The plastic the look the nostalgia its all there I can remember when they were everywhere and at my local paper shop.. Them was the days.......... I also picked up a heller bobcat t4 harrier, a matchbox hunter T7 and with the many old kits I have I am spoilt for choice, I really like this GB and might enter more yet. I have a plasticart Comet 4 That I would love to do as and RAF bird but cant find decals or possible livery options for that one. I may enter Frog Vulcan too ... Lets see how this goes. I am a huge fan of the Jaguar and oh how I miss them. They really were beautiful. The kit is very nice and fit is excellent so far. I only started her this morning over coffee. Cheers Rob
  11. XX765 is the ACT (Active Control Technology) test bed used by BAe for Fly-by-wire flight trials, and is preserved in its "raspberry ripple" scheme at RAF Cosford. Photos by Rich Ellis.
  12. Here's the box art from de future KittyHawk 1/48th BAe Jaguar GR.1/GR.3 kit - ref. KH80106 Source: http://s406.beta.photobucket.com/user/KAGNEW-71-73/media/brvbar-brvbar-_zpsb4058b3e.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0 Waiting now the Italeri new tool 1/48th Jaguar GR.1/.3 (ref.2714 - see herebelow) for a product comparison... V.P.
  13. 1/48th 100% New moulds! BAe Jaguar GR.1/.3 by Italeri Source: http://www.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt6/italeri/ V.P.
  14. These shots are the remains of the Jag fleet in open storage after Everett Aero bought them. Pictures are mine.
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