JAS 39 Gripen – update 1

I managed to straighten the wings or wing parts by dipping them in hot water and then bend them while hot. Not perfect, but after gluing the halves together it looked alright.

I then could glue them to the body, and the fit against the topside wa pretty nice.

Wings glued
Wings glued

The underside had a bit of a gap.

A bit of a gap on each side.
A bit of a gap on each side

Actually not very much, and a bit of thin plastic and some putty will solve that. I will also need some putty on the topside, but overall I haven’t used very much on this kit, and once the wings are done, I’ll check all seams with primer to see if there is any problems or perhaps ghost seams.

I’ve checked an old post about a Gripen prototype build, and saw that Hu64 was recommended as the main colour on the body. I need to see if I can translate into some other colour brand, as for the moment Humbrol isn’t allowed to be sold within the EU.

My latest purchases

Today we went to the large mall called Gekås or Ullared. I think I haven’t been there for 20 years or so. Quite a lot od people, but not as many as I’ve heard there could be when it’s crowded. I got myself a Bob Marley mug, 2 blues harps, a capo, a songbook, and I’ve heard that they possibly had model kits, so I had to check their toys sektion, and what I found was three different kits, so I got one of each! 🙂

Tomcat boxart
Tomcat boxart
Kenworth T600 boxart
Kenworth T600 boxart
Tornado F3 boxart
Tornado F3 boxart

Not much to choose from, but I’m happy! Could be fun builds! 🙂

Newly arrived 24th of may 2022

Today I collected a parcel with much needed colours.

Colours and colour sets
Clolours and colour sets

Some of the colours are for my tank (the Strv 122), and the sets are both ongoing builds and planned builds. Right now I need light ghost grey for my F-16C.

SAAB JAS 39 Gripen prototype – Revell 1/32

This is an fairly old kit, depicting one of the prototype Gripen.

JAS 39 Gripen boxart
JAS 39 Gripen boxart

32nd scale and all would be all nice and dandy if it was at least somewhat correct, but the flaws are quite large as can be seen on this drawing, printed to scale, with the fuselage halves laid out on top.

Drawing with kit parts laid out
Drawaing with kit parts laid out

As can be seen there’s quite a lot to correct. A large chunk of the plane is missing lenghtwise. Like about a meter on the real plane missing!
The wings are somewhat short both in lenght and width.

It would be quite a task to try and correct it, and with this kit I’m not going to try. I’m going to build it as it is. I think it’ll end up looking like a Gripen to the unknowing eye.

As usual it all starts with the cockpit.

Cockpit parts partly assembled
Cockpit parts partly assembled

I also started assembling the engine.

Engine assembly
Engine assembly

Wheel bays and intake parts was installed, and for some reason I assembled the radar. I don’t even know why they made parts for the radar as it won’t be seen at all. Pretty much the same goes for the engine.

Wheel bays assembled
Wheel bays assembled

The cockpit parts was first painted with a dark grey and then some areas got some black.

Cockpit parts painted
Cockpit parts painted

Then the side and front panel was painted light grey, and then seat and panels was detail painted.

Cockpit details painted
Cockpit details painted

All the parts to the possible loadout was assembled.

Load out assembled
Load out assembled

The cockpit got a gloss cote and a wash.

Gloss cote and wash
Gloss cote and wash
Wash added
Wash added

The instructions calls for 20 g nose weight, and a little more was glued in the nose after removing the radar parts I glued for some reason.

Nose weight added
Nose weight added

While the glue is drying, I started with the wings, just to discover that one was slightly warped.

Main wings
Main wings
Slightly bent right wing
Slightly bent right wing

At the moment not sure how to correct it. Perhaps it works with a hair dryer, or using hot water to bend it in position.

The engine was installed.

Engine installed
Engine installed

The cockpit was assembled and an ejection handle was made from copper thread and glued to the seat. The whole cockpit was glued in place and then the fuselage halves was joined.

Fuselage halves joined
Fuselage halves joined

As can be seen the intakes got some putty and the fin is assembled.

The fuselage went together very nicely and there will not be much to sort as this close up will show.

Close up on fuselage seam
Close up on fuselage seam

If only the measurements had been somewhat correct, this would have been a fairly nice kit that goes together very well.

Stridsvagn 122 (Strv-122) – Swedish Leopard 2 tank – Hobbyboss 1/35

This kit is what I intend to build for the Nordic SIG at Flory Models Forum.
I can’t recall building a Swedish tank since I was a young lad, in my teens or so.
Time to remedy that! 🙂

Boxart
Boxart
Inside the lid
Inside the lid
Colour call out and instructions
Colour call out and instructions
Chassie
Chassie
Turret
Turret
Turret parts
Turret parts
Tools and small parts
Tools and small parts
Wheels and suspension parts
Wheels and suspension parts
Side armor and upper hull parts
Side armor and upper hull parts
More upper hull parts
More upper hull parts
Upper hull, tracks, etch and decals
Upper hull, tracks, etch and decals

The kit looks quite nice, but it turned out the was som flash or burr to take care of.

The build starts with assembly of all the wheels.

All wheels assembled
All wheels assembled

Actually they want you to assemble the support wheels to their axels as well, but I decided to wait with that, and will paint all the wheels separately, and glue the axels to the lower hull first.

All the large wheels have hub caps that will allow the wheels to be rotated. I guess that will make it a bit easier to get on the tracks later.

The suspension arms needed a bit of putty.

Suspension arms puttied
Suspension arms puttied

All but the suspension parts glued to the chassie.

Axels and stuff glued to the lower hull
Axels and stuff glued to the lower hull

There are 2 sets of paired holes on each side, that I can’t find anything to put there.
My guess is that they aren’t used on this version, and therefore can be filled.
I’ll probably use a fitting plastic rod and some putty.

Once the putty had dried, I could sand it smooth and then glue the suspension arms in place, and I also glued the rear plate in place.

Then I went on to glue some parts to the upper hull, and while I’m trying to figure how much I can build before I need to paint, I started assembling the barrel and then I dry fitted the upper hull and turret.

Some dry fitting done
Some dry fitting done

Now I need to order some colours for the camo on this tank.

F-16C- German AF – update 8

I cut off the bomb holder rack from the pylons, and glued the pylons in place.

Pylons in place
Pylons in place

Struggling with both the airbrushes and Vallejo’s grey primer.

Messy primer
Messy primer

A thorough clean up seemed to have helped the airbrushes, but I kinda gave up on Vallejo’s primer, and used AK’s grey primer instead.

Tried Ak's primer instead
Tried AK’s primer instead

It reavealed a few areas to sort!

Sorting flaws
Sorting flaws

Hopefully, after sorting the flaws, I can use this primer as the light ghost grey for the underside, and then just paint the 2 remaining upper side colours.

Starting my new business!

For quite some time (years), I’ve been thinking of starting a business, with tarot readings as the main source of income. At least to start with. I intend to expand it later with my music and perhaps even some paintings and other artistic stuff.

As I’m being pushed by circumstances, it’s no more time for procrastination, and I’ll start my business as soon as possible. There’s a small fee to register a company here in Sweden, and that might have to wait until I get my next payment.

There are a few things that needs to b e sorted. This site is one of them. I need to check that everything is in order, or at least as good as possible it can be now. There will always be time for improvements later. The fee to the Swedish Companies Registration Office, and the tax authority need to now so I can get my company taxes, VAT and stuff correct. I also need a program for bookkeeping, and start an account where the income should go.

These are the things I can think of right now, but there might be more. Later I will also start a booking page and maybe also figure out merch to sell, and figure out my Patreon site.

There is one more thing I need to do, and that is to figure the company name. I’ll let you all know once it’s registered.

Cheers,

Håkan

F-16C German AF – update 7

I painted the Sidewinders from the Tornado to match the kit ones.

Missiles painted
Missiles painted

In an attempt to solve the missile and missing drop tank problem. I checked my Eurofighter Typhoon kit and found these tanks and pylons. I’ll check if they’re the correct ones.

Typhoon drop tanks
Typhoon drop tanks

The Eurofighter kit also contained a pair of Sidewinder missiles, and compared to the kit ones they are a better match than the Tornado ones.

Eurofighter missiles.
Eurofighter missiler

I think I’ll paint them up and possibly use them instead of the Tonka ones.

F-16C German AF – update 6

Just a small update this time.

I’ve painted covers and landing gear parts with white.

Covers painted white
Covers painted white

Then there was this question about the load out. For some reason Revell have put the wrong missile on the wrong load out point, and also it seems this one should have no bombs. And I who thought that would have looked cool.

Anyway there’s 2 kinds of missiles in the kit, Sidewinders and Sparrows, and only 2 of each.
In reality there should be 4 Sidewinders in total. I’ve painted the ones I have.

Missiles painted
Missiles painted

The 2 other missiles seen in the pic are from my Tornado. Slightly different, but the Tiger meet Tonka don’t use them so i might use them for this kit.

I also should need a pair of fuel tanks instead of the bombs, to go on those pylons. I’ll see if I can scavenge up some.

F-16C German AF – update 5

I glued the main gear in place as well as parts to the bay.

Landing gear added
Landing gear added

The tires and rims was painted and the seam on the intake as well.

Tires and rims painted
Tires and rims painted

Then the wheels was assembled.

Wheels assembled
Wheels assembled

The intake was glued in place.

Intake in place
Intake in place

The canopy was masked.

Canopy masked
Canopy masked

Gear parts and missiles painted white.

Parts painted white
Parts painted white

Then I started adding the pylons.

Pylons added
Pylons added

I had to re-glue the cockpit tub and put the HUD in place before adding the canopy and later the nose (after addding weights).

Nose and canopy in place
Nose and canopy in place

A bunch of bombs was painted with OD.

Bombs painted
Bombs painted

The bombs will be masked and painted yellow on their noses. I also need to figure the proper colours for the missiles provided.

Not much left to do before it’s time to put some primer on. I think I’ll go with AK’s grey primer, even if it smells a bit. It gives a very nice and smooth surface.