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improving the old 1/32 Revell Gripen


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What a remarkable transformation. 

It looks like it's been alot of hard labour to get to this point but the results speak for themselves.


On behalf of all those who appreciate the lines of the Gripen I'd like to thankyou because you have surely paved the way for a mainstream IM company to bring one to the market now. :goodjob:


Keep up the great work. 



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.... continueing ....


From the corrected vertical tail, 1 mm was sanded off from the top. 
The next important mile stone is going forward with the colour scheme…

The model got a few recessed panellines with the OLFA panel scriber. But I did not add many as large areas are puttied and not to spoil the surface appearance. A lot can be done also with pencilled lines and shading. 


As seen, a few base “weathering” effects with black patterns were airbrushed for any recessed panel lines.


Now what scheme and air force to pick?

At this stage the model is ready to get the first paint coats. My long time modelling friend Erwin persuaded me to make this model in a South Africa Air Force (SAAF) scheme and provided some documentation also from South African friends. The Gripens sport low visibility SAAF markings and flag. 
I will design the decals with a graphics program on the PC and than to be were laser printed by a friend on decalpaper.
For the SAAF scheme the Gripens show a sort of “diamond shaped pattern”. These scheme colours are approx. an overall scheme of Fed.Std FS36320 grey and the diamond in FS36118. 

Gunze Sangyo acrylic colours were airbrushed of respectively H307 and H305 but any paint brand will do for these Federal Standard colours. 

Some “soft masking” is needed with now the diamond seen..

The gear bays and door insides will be painted mainly white.  

As the cockpit sill had been increased 4 mm in length, so the canopy should be increased in length, the proportions will than also look like seen on the real Gripen.
The approach chosen was to shave off any raised kit canopy details. Frames of 2 mm each at the rear and front edges will be added from bended card strips.

First the canopy was, after masking the main areas, carefully sanded at the raised edges so the raised frames are now removed/hidden and than polish A LOT!


The needed canopy extension of frames of 2x 2 mm width: at front and rear edges were made with bended plastic strip.
The interior of the canopy framing was made from scrap with card looking at photos. This canopy will be set turned open to the left, there is a strength bar aft of the seat. Also, I saw rather wide edges at the canopy front with the mirrors almost being unvisible when seen from the front. The mirrors were cut from metal sheet.

Detailing the canopy requires care as not to damage the clear section. Main frame colours are black.



IMPORTANT NOTE:  a central thin frame is not yet set, it will be added later onto the canopy top centre line.


The windscreen was the next item. It was placed in position but it did not look good. It seemed that the steep angle was a bit too much. To make sure, another overall model side view photo was made from long distance to avoid camera lense distortion. With the photo editor program it superimposed on the scale drawing. 
I concluded that the windscreen should still be set about 2 mm more forward and tilted a bit to get a less steep angle…. 

This can be achieved in 2 steps: first by removing some plastic at the rear area of the windscreen mating surface; this is marked here “red”:

Sand symmetrical. Next, I added a strip of 1 mm below the front of the wind screen nose at the mating surface. There will than be a visible gap but this can be closed/ filled with putty. The other small gap between the windscreen rear edge and front of canopy is not obvious as the canopy will be set open on the model. To be done…. 


The windscreen was set, surrounding surfaces protected with masking tape; any gaps filled were with putty and sanded. 


A new side view photo with corrected windscreen sit (again from long distance to avoid camera lense distortion) was made and another check at seen here:  



The side profile looks fine though the intake looks to be about 1 mm bit too far forward but this is almost undetectable.
An upper view photo was made from a large distance to do a check. 

In upper plan view the model looks quite good. The span is correct with a better leading edge sweep. The trailing edge angle and wing chord at the ailerons deviate as expected a bit as the wing planform was rotated but this is not obvious when looking at the model. The nose upper profile with canopy and wind screen looks good now.  Note that the canopy will be set in open position (and will get a central thin running frame).


As regarding the intakes they look OK though the angled upper is a bit different than the drawing, but may be here the drawing is not entirely correct. Same applies for the exact pylon locations, the drawing may not be spot on.


It was concluded these issues are minor.

After all that effort done on correcting the Revell kit I was happy! Ready to proceed further on detailing such as the cockpit, seat etc. in the new year.... 


Have a Great New Year!   



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I wish you a very Happy New Year.

Have a good 2022.


I am loving your detailed workmanship..Flawless and Neat .

Also excited that you chose South Africa Air Force ..(have family there ...)

Three  pages to look at for you..



Thank you. 

Keep up the Awesome  build.




Enjoy the new year.




has close up of various parts as well as panel switches... Good photos 



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  • 4 weeks later...


A bit delay on this project but I had my home designed decals printed but was not entirely happy with these.....




Made a new design for the decals and now this new design is to be printed and also drawn and added some stencils: 





so in progress!

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Lovely work Meindert (I really love this aircraft, so well done!). :thumbsup:


It reminded me of the one I started to correct nine years ago! (perhaps I should start to retell that particular Nordic Saga again one day?...).




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