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The Swedish flying "barrel": Pilot Replica's 1/48 Saab J 29F Tunnan


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Hello britmodellers,

 

Here is - finally - my interpretation of Saab's J 29F Tunnan based Pilot Replica's 1/48 kit.

OOB and airbrushed (PE seatbelts were part of the boxing) except I didn't add the PE cockpit mirrors (nice but I kept marring the clear parts with gloss clear to fix them) and replaced the rear wingtip lights (nothing wrong with these) with a blob of clear paint and gloss to try that method for self-made lights.

I didn't use the decals for the dayglo and yellow, they were painted.

 

The build starded as part of the Nordic II 2021 GB.

I'd like to thank Rich @trickyrich for the abovesaid GB, as well as Enzo @Enzo Matrix and Mike @Mike for repeatedly moving the build thread over the very long time it took me to finish it.

Also, my thanks to @pilot-replicas for the relacement parts (guess who is clumsy enough to overturn the CA bottle on a subassembly when placing nose weights....).

 

This was a pleasurable build of a very good kit. The NMF and weathering were a different experience. Not disappointed, even rather pleased with the result, considering it was my first sludge wash to do panel lines and weathering. I learned some lessons for next time.

 

Here is the build thread: 

 

Many sincere thanks to all those who gave support during the build, for the build itself and some dire life circumstances that interfered.

 

I wanted something not too shiny and finally it came out with maybe a quite too scruffy look. Well, pics better tell the truth:

 

 

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Thanks for watching. I hope you'll like it.

Have fun yourselves and a nice day (modelling or doing whatever else you enjoy).

 

Cheers.

 

Pat.

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12 hours ago, Pete in a shed said:

Well done , thats a great looking Tunnan. Chubby little devil isn't it:like:

Pete

 

Thanks. She isn't beautiful but she's got "that indefinable something" catching the eye.

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2 hours ago, modelling minion said:

Really glad to see that you got your Tunnan finished Pat.

She looks fantastic and certainly has the look of a  NMF aircraft that has been well used but not abused.

Very well done mate.👍

 

🇺🇦

 

Thank you very much Craig. I was a bit afraid I'd pushed too hard when weathering.

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That's a fantastic result Pat! Nothing too scruffy about it I'd say.

 

High praise, coming from a truck builder 😉 

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1 hour ago, WhiskySierraKilo said:

Beautiful.  Gosh those transparencies look realistically thin :)  .

 

Thanks.

Indeed they are. Just some buffing with micromesh. Not even dipped in clear.

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2 hours ago, Josh G said:

Excellent! Now I'm even more keen for my Pilot Replicas Congo J29B

 

Thanks. Go for it. You'll have a good time.

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3 hours ago, JeroenS said:

That's a fantastic result Pat! Nothing too scruffy about it I'd say.

 

High praise, coming from a truck builder 😉 

 

Thank you Jeroen. I don't like trucks but YOUR trucks. 

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