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SAAB JA37 Viggen, Jetmads 1/32


Aigore

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17 hours ago, Aigore said:

I hope I have shown that making the splinter scheme isn't so hard as one might think.

I dread it in 1/72. 

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

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6 hours ago, Hook said:

I dread it in 1/72. 

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

LOL, not to worry...there are cut masks in 1/72 too :)

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Since we obviously have some Swedish camouflage gurus here, Here’s a question;

 

Has the Swedish Air Force (post WW2 at least) ever used snow camouflage, or even trialled it? I don’t recall ever seeing a white Viggen, Lancen, Draken etc, which I’ve always found slightly surprising given that I understand Sweden can be a touch chilly…

 

 

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Fantastic paintjob👍. Your masking sessions remembers me on my 1/72 AJ37, I already could feel the pain again😂. The splinter camo turns out way better in this big scale.

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4 hours ago, Bandsaw Steve said:

Since we obviously have some Swedish camouflage gurus here, Here’s a question;

 

Has the Swedish Air Force (post WW2 at least) ever used snow camouflage, or even trialled it? I don’t recall ever seeing a white Viggen, Lancen, Draken etc, which I’ve always found slightly surprising given that I understand Sweden can be a touch chilly…

 

 

The fast jets never needed snow cammo but back when we had light attack squadrons with Sk60 they had snow cammo during the winter.

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3 hours ago, _alfisti_ said:

Fantastic paintjob👍. Your masking sessions remembers me on my 1/72 AJ37, I already could feel the pain again😂. The splinter camo turns out way better in this big scale.

Thanks :D

I think putting on decals is nastier :P

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1 hour ago, Aigore said:

Thanks :D

I think putting on decals is nastier :P

Ahh, decals are a piece of cake in comparison😁.

 

6 hours ago, Bandsaw Steve said:

Since we obviously have some Swedish camouflage gurus here, Here’s a question;

 

Has the Swedish Air Force (post WW2 at least) ever used snow camouflage, or even trialled it? I don’t recall ever seeing a white Viggen, Lancen, Draken etc, which I’ve always found slightly surprising given that I understand Sweden can be a touch chilly…

 

 

There was at least one Tunnan with an temporary winter camo above it´s dark green upper surface. There is one single picture in Nordic Airpower #8 .

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Ah, Friday again and here is a small update again.

 

Moving on


After finishing that splinter cammo one would think that the model is all but finished but no.

Now it's about making the canvas ready.... everything up to this has been a transport distance and there are more to do before it is time to breath life to the model and give it a soul.

It's a serene moment when you move on to the small stuff. First off is to paint the regulator and you also see the edge of the cover that shuts the reverser slits in supersonic flight. I begun with masking

 

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I masked the fin tip as well.

 

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Then I shot Alclad Gloss Black Base

 

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I use Alclad Airframe Aluminium to get that shiny base that I can work with

 

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The next step was to shoot Alclad steel and then remove the mask.

 

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I shot Alclad Gloss Black Base on the fintip and the nose cone.

 

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Then I bettered the intake lips with Alclad white aluminium

 

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I'm thinking of leaving this beauty spot as is in fact you will find lots of these on real Viggens too....the paint shop wasn´t manned with modellers :P

 

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There you go :D Next on my to do-list are the black edges on the wings and fins, fix the forward radarsensors, do some bettering painting here and there and from there move on to the wheels and struts.

 

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Cheers!

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1 hour ago, Alan P said:

It really does look fabulous 😮 excellent job 👏👏👏

Thanks Alan :D

all but a clear canvas.....imagine when all the decals and weathering are in place....that's when I breath life into it and give it it's soul :D

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1 hour ago, coneheadff said:

Wooooow...getting better and better!!

Thanks coneheadff :D

Things are a foot!

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I have to share this!

A mate made me new F4 wing shields, I refuse to use the rubbish jetmads put in the box, and they have arrived!

They are magnificent, just look at this!

 

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Cheers!

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And it's time for the Sunday update.

 

Much ado about nothing


Right, this is where I left it yesterday...


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Now for one of the most boring paintjobs there are, the protective tape on the wings and fins edges! They are in black and to avoid overspray this means a LOT of masking for little gain, but it has to be done!


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Sheeesh, an hour later the masking was done and ready for a minute and half paint session!


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And after carefully removing all masking  all of this is the result :P


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Alright that´s enough for today... more masking tomorrow with the intake lips and the main wheel wells....at least that will be fun :D

 

 

 

Cheers!

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Ah, Friday again and here thngs are moving on at a steady pace.

 

Well well, masking wells.


Today I decided to try something new for the intake lips coroguards... a black pen!

 

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I only masked thin strips...

 

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Well that turned out good enough, maybe next time instead of masking the entire thing I should use a pen instead :P

 

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OK I'm sorry about the white balance, the light conditions changed faster than I could change the settings :P

Anyhoo....I filled in those pesky little spots with stripped paint. A bit of polish on that  and we're fine.

 

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Now for the masking bit......ugh.


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Made a couple of inside the well masks too since the walls and the ceiling in the wells are different colours.

 

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About the colour, it was hard to determin if the ceiling is in anodised aluminium or painted in a light gray...  Had me pondering for a bit before I tried two different grays and ran with this lightgray with a pull towards blue as to make  contrast to the gears that have a lightgrays with a pull towars brown.

 

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Then I masked the ceiling and shot dark green on the walls.

 

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And here is the result, I will start detailpainting later :D

 

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Cheers!

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And it's Sunday again :D

 

 

Shiny!

 

 

I detailpainted the main wheel wells with some gray panels and i painte the pipes with a silver pen.

 

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Checking my refs I saw a gauge on one of the panels, could be a G meter for the ground crew to see how much G forces the fuselage has sustained.

I had a nice decal I could use anyway :D

 

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And put in place.

 

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Next I had to glue these small things in place, I think they are for when ground crew loads the pylons, they fasten a mobile hand cranked winch  in them

 

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Glued in place, I will hand paint them later.

 

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I noticed that I had not got rid of those print lines from the main gear doors so more putty ....yay.

 

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I had to sand all wheel well doors

 

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Then I primed the forward radar sensors in Alclad flat black.


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And the outer faces of the MLG doors got primed in gray and then painted in the belly main color.

 

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LAstly I put down a few layers of gloss varnish over all.

 

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There that´s all for today, tomorrow some wheel well weathering and other small stuff :D

 

Cheers!

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3 hours ago, Silenoz said:

I haven't been able to watch progress for a while, or you have been a busy boy... very nice...

Thanks Silenoz :D

 

I have :D

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Ha, did you think I'd forget the Friday update,eh?
WRONG! here it comes!

 

A bit of this and that

 

The big boy next to a 1/48 scale brother :P

 

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HAppy news, I got a friend to make me a correct F4 wing shield and while waiting for the decals to arrive I set out to do some small stuff that still needs to be done.

I´m not entirely sure what those plates are but they are painted and glued now. NO worries that they have a slightly different hue, they aren´t gloss coated like the rest of the kit

 

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A good time to finish the forward radar sensors...

They are primed in flat black and I masked off the forward parts...

 

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... To paint the rest gloss.

 

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Then I masked and painted the aluminium part....

 

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And topped off the caps with a liquid chrome pen

 

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I put the sensors aside for now and sanded the gear bay doors.... darn layers!

 

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After repriming one looked good...

 

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While the other still needs work, demn it....well the thick primer coat has to cure before I can do anything.

 

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Well then, time to cut the cabbot from the block, fragile thing...hoping for the best!

 

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I somehow managed to not damage it...yay, good for me!

 

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It fits into the canopy like this and the hinges of the canopy are part of the cabbot


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I cleaned the cabbot and then I glued on the rear mirrors.

 

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Then a thick flat black primer coat and off to cure.

 

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Next I added the fins to the drop tank...incredibly thin and fragile....and full of printlines.

 

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I finish today's session with  glueing on the radar sensors, they look really smart :D

 

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Hope I get the decals tomorrow then I can start with the decals this weekend.

 

Cheers!

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1 hour ago, TheBaron said:

Dizzy just keeping up with all this exuberant colour work - a pleasure to behold.

Thanks TheBaron :D

indeed, Viggen was a colourful creation :)

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Sunday updatey timey :D


Decals?! Who'd have thought?


How incredible it yet seems it is time to start on the decals!

It's been a long road to here but now it´s time.

First off I had a look at the roundels....I thought they looked a wee bit to bright. So I scrounged up a sheet with Swedish roundels in different scales.

Then I compared...hmmmmm


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Then I compared with another set too......hmmmmm

 

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I decided to try on a darker blue roundel to see how it looked....and well It looks good.

 

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Unfortunately I noticed that the roundels for the flanks weren't centered :(

 

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So off with the darker blue and on with the Jetmads, really thin and nice decals btw.

 

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And the roundels look alright.

 

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Next I ruined a decal.....demn

 

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Well off with it, I'll have t paint it no biggie, it´s just a black square.

 

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It's identity is soon revealed.

 

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And there I'll take a break for today and let the decal fluids work their magic.

 

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The F4 wing shield looks awesome....a really fragile decal but I´ll seal all my decals before I start weathering.

 

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Cheers!

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