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  1. Hi guys. I want to sho you some pics of my recent project, the EE Canberra T.Mk.11 from AMP. The kit is based on the S&M Models Canberra, AMP added some etched parts and two different noses for this version. I will build one of the two possible swedish aircrafts. Like most aircraft builds it starts with the cockpit. It´s niceley detailed and the seat from the box are okay too. The clear part fitts not very well, I think it´s my fault, dry fitting was not so bad. First nose test, I think i will build 8-02 with the round one and the dayglow markings at its fin. Cheers Daniel
  2. It's been a long time since I actually wrote something here on Britmodeller, but here I am... :-) I'm going to build the new resin kit of the Swedish Air Force fighter J 22 in 1:48 scale from Planet Models. The FFVS J 22 is probably not very well known outside of Sweden. I'm not going to tell the entire story behind this little neat looking aircraft. For those who wants to know more I can recommend this site: https://web.archive.org/web/20120213150808/http://www.hobbybokhandeln.se/j22/index.htm Back in 2008 I visited the "Spielwarenmesse" in Nuremberg. I went there with a plan to convince some of the manufacturers to produce some kits of my favourite Swedish aircraft. I had a large pile of books filled with references about the SAAB J 21, the FFVS J22 and Swedish stuff in general. I ended up with the nice people at MPM/Special Hobby who showed great interest. I donated all my books to them... I'd like to think that I'm some way involved in at least this kit I now am going to build here. :-) I'm going to start by saying that I'm sorry if my language is lacking (I'm from Sweden) and for my photos are somewhat of poor quality. I mainly use my mobile phone which has a very bad camera. I forgot to take pictures of the kit before I started to build... Here are some of the main resin components after cleanup. Although it is not apperant in this lousy photo the quality of the resin parts is excellent. The first impression is that the fit also is very good. The canopy is vacu and is very clear and you got an extra spare if you fail with the first one. The undercarriage is in white metal and you get a small etched sheet with some nice details. I mentioned a book about the J 22 earlier and it's excellent. It's "FFVS J22 - Flyghistorisk Revy" and is from around 1990. The book contains some very nice, detailed drawings. I tried to match the main parts to the drawings and the actually match perfectly! I suspect that Planet Models used this book when they designed the kit... :-) Note the matching detail on the rudders and flaps! My only complaint so far is that the detail on the rudders and flaps are a bit overstated. A few swipes with the sanding stick fixed that without any troubles. I also have the Kora FFVS J 22 which was the only J 22 in 1:48 prior to this release. The Planet Model kit is a much better kit. However I'm going to use a few pieces from Kora, for example some of the etch is better. I'm also replacing the engine with a C-47/DC-3 one from Quickboost. Not that there is much wrong with the Planet Model one but the detail is a little sharper and I got a few of those Quickboost engines very cheap at a local swap meet. Here is the Quickboost C-47/DC-3 engine with some detail from the Kora etched sheet. I know it's a bit pointless since the J 22 had a rather big spinner in front hiding most of the engine. Well, I already had the engine lying around on my bench so... Here is it after applying some paint. It will do... There were a few airbubbles in the resin at the very front of the cowling so they had to be filled. I splashed on a litte Tamiya silver spray paint to see if I suceeded in removing them. To be continued... Andreas
  3. 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 canopy and the fairing behind the cockpit and also the camera pods on the wing tips. The decals are the J 32 prototype decals from Moose Republic and some of my own,
  4. 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 Next is the fifth prototype, 37-5 A converted Hasegawa kit. It got the modified wings with a "sawtooth" and moved radar warning so I had to convert the wings. The first prototype after modifications. As it looked with modified wings and the raised spine in front of the fin. During spin tests it got a bit more colourful. Built from a Matchbox kit. 37800 the two seat prototype. Matchbox kit with the low fin from a Heller kit. The twin seater got an higher fin but Matchbox didn't do this correct so I decided to build the prototype in it's initial form with the lower fin.
  5. 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.
  6. The Hasegawa Draken is one of those kits that is just a joy to build: accurate form, good fit, great surface detailing. This one is augmented with Eduard J-35 Draken details (mainly cockpit and wheel wells) and masks. The downside with Hasegawa kits of this era are the decals: thick, with the white rendered in ivory and the Draken is no exception. I had been planning to build this as an Austrian J-35O (with an IPMS Austria decal sheet) until I picked up the Flying Colors Aerodecals J-35F/J decals. This sheet is a big improvement on the kit decals and enabled me to build this as a J-35F2 in the original Swedish camouflage colours, which look good to me. The Rb28 (Hughes AIM-4D) missiles are from a Hasegawa weapons set. I know the trailing edge control surfaces should be angled slightly down but I can live with it and I’m happy with the overall result. Chris PS The khaki green looks a lot browner in these photos than it does in real life, even though they were taken in natural light!
  7. Thought I might challenge myself for my post-Wellesley build and pulled out the Matchbox Dornier 28D. Original 1984 boxing The kit iself is fairly simple so to add a bit of 'OMG why did I start this?' I thought why go for the standard Luftwaffe scheme when there's an allover white option that I can go nuts on.. SE-EDT, Swedish Red Cross, Biafra/Nigeria 1969 But...cabin internals...? Any ideas of the layout? If I can't find anything on the original (all external shots so far) I was thinking something like: The door is to the rear of the side facing seat (where the lip is), and I'll add a rack for the equipment as a rear bulkhead. Plausible? ...or madness...
  8. 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 announced that a new, revised Tunnan will be released. So what should I do with my old one? Well, build it of course. This is the original AZ model: Many pointed out the nose as the problem. In my eyes however, the main problem is the oversized canopy. So I started the build to sand it down. I also made the cockpit opening larger. The picture below shows approximately where i cut/sanded. The yellow and orange lines are mine (don't bother about the other). After lots of sanding, it looked like this.
  9. 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 the plastic. I used Tamiya Colours and Vallejo aluminium. Decals came from my own archive. Another oddity is the twin tail wheel, which also is placed behind the location of the original one. The underside of the original had to be strengthened because of the jet engine. The rest is OOB, apart from some invisible extra detailing in the wheel bays... I kept the weathering to a minimum, since this aircraft seemed to have been rather well maintained. A few years after the delivery, it was stripped from colour - but this scheme was more interesting than a simple bare metal finish. A last picture. I hope you like this rare-seen Lanc!
  10. Article @ IPMS-Stockholm
  11. As you might guess from my profile picture, Saab Draken is my favourite subject. Here is my latest build of thus winderful aircraft. My intention was to build the individual that is shown on Roy Cross' magnificent Airfix boxart (a model which I built lots of when I was a child), but doing it in 1/48 and with correct markings. Though very beautiful, this image has a number of mistakes - also apart from the fact that green Swedish robots are blind... And here is the result. I wanted it to look like it did in the early 70s, when it was rather new - which meant not much weathering this time. I used the decals from Hasegawa's S 35E Draken and Tarangus' Lansen (the yellow squares), and a few from my decal archive. I uses an Aires resin seat - which was a bit troublesome since it didn't fit Hasegawa's cockpit. Strange, since it is sold separately, not only with Aires cockpit set. As you can see, the original had fewer squares than on Cross' boxart. I used Gunze colours. I also added some details on the landing gears. And a final, a bit too dark picture:
  12. Here are a few more pics on the Tunnan that I posted earlier today on the WIP section: F 4-53 or 29507 was the last Tunnan in service. Although the Swedish Tunnans were taken out of service in the late sixties, this one was kept in flying condition until 1976 when it did its last flights during the 50-year celebration of the Swedish Air Force. Before that, it served for a couple of years as target-tug, the yellow day-glow panels were applied at that time. Pictures from the build can be found here. It was more of an experiment, to see if it was possible to create something that is more similar to the real thing than AZ's disappointing model. Apart from the nose, the main landing gears had to be corrected, they are about 3 mm too long. The nose whel also had to be replaced since the one in the box is far too small. AZ have announced a new Tunnan. I hope they have better luck next time...
  13. Hi, This is one of the Arsenal VG-40 used by the Swedish Volunteers Wing F19 in Finland during the Continuation War. As the Swedish Air Force had great difficulties replacing obsolete aircrafts at the outbreak of the war they turned to various manufacturers around Europe and the US. Only the Americans and Italians were willing to sell ready to assemble aircrafts, but those were already aging models. Therefore in late 1940 the French manufacturer Arsenal came up as an alternative, a proportion actually given by the Germans. The backside of the offer was that only the drawings were available, neither finished aircrafts nor engines or armament was provided in the deal. This postponed the Swedish decision as the Air Force was more interested in the Saab and FFVS developments. On the outbreak of the Continuation War in Finland, once again Swedish volunteer aviators joined the Finnish forces. During the Winter War the F19 wing had fought in the northern part of Finland using Gladiators and Hawker Harts. As the Swedish Air Force had a noticeable shortage of Fighters the VG-40 reappeared as an alternative. The metal and wood construction was relatively cheap to build and the RAF had provided Sweden with a number of Rolls Royce engines from Lancaster bombers that had made emergency landings in Sweden. F19 was the only wing that used the VG-40 and only 23 were ever built. They were all painted in Swedish Air force colors and marking except for the national insignia that was the Finnish one, as Sweden in itself was a neutral country during WWII. That is also the reason why the national insignias, as in the vignette, were painted over at the end of the war, just as the F19 wing did after the Winter War ended, before returning to Sweden. I used Azurs VG-36 and an aftermarket Merlin III and wheels for the build. The decals are a mix of leftovers from other builds. Or at least this is what might have been... The VG-40 never flew and for sure not in Swedish colors Thanks for looking! /Fred