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SAAB JA37 Viggen, Jetmads 1/32


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Across the line...


Well finally the beastie is finished! it was an epic build and my first all resin kit.

Jetmads did a piece of wonder there even though it shows that they still have kinks to work out. For a resin kit it was humanely priced at $190 for a preorder.

They kept the price down with using 3D printing technology and that was a mixed blessing. Even though it got cheaper it demanded more work to remove printlines, I suppose you have to reach compromise of speed and resolution when you have to fill hundreds of orders. Though I think they could have done things a bit better by aligning the parts as to minimize the printlines. 

For example the cockpit and it's parts suffers greatly from printlines and they are hard to remove. It was actually so bad that the printlines in many cases ruined the fantastic details they put into the model.

I found that the best way to remove lines was to brutally scrape with scraping tool or knife. This meant in turn that details on the fuselage had to be removed to asure the best surface treatment.

The hardest part was the joining of the fuselage and main wings, it ate lots of putty and was hindered by the hot air exhausts on the fuselage as they were always in the way and got damaged in the blending process. They would have benefitted from being separate parts.

The next thing I didn't like that much was the decals, The big sheets were good quality and printed by Cartograf, though they skipped a lot of stencils! As a nerd I frown upon such short cuts! But the air wing insignias were terible, I had a friend print new ones for me that truly made them justice.

The resin pitot tubes and probes was another headache...they snapped as fast I looked at them, I finally managed to replace them with brass from Masters 1/32 Gripen set

It sounds like I bash Jetmads but I don't really, their product is fantastic and with a wee bit of extra tinkering it would be absolutely, incredebly awesome!


My suggestions for improvement is as follows:

New instruments, preferably 3D printed acrylic ones like Red Fox or Quickboost.

Metal parts for pitot tubes and probes

And add the fuselage hot air exhausts as separate parts instead of molded on to the fuselage.

Improve the decal sheet

These are the big things....all the small things you just have to deal with as a model builder :P


Finally, I truly enjoyed the build and I learnt a lot about working in this media and in the end I got pretty close to what I wanted to achieve....
This is NOT my last Gigant Viggen! 

 

 

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Cheers and thanks for all the support during the build!

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1 hour ago, tomprobert said:

That is seriously impressive. Paint work is on another level - beautiful!

 

Tom

Thanks Tom :D

I have a few Viggen under my belt so I know to deal with them :P

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7 hours ago, Rockie Yarwood said:

Awesome build, Jan! It was really fun to follow along.

 

Cheers,  Rockie

Thanks  Rockie :D

I aim to please :)

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The Viggen is a lot like the Foxbat and Foxhound. It doesn't matter the scale, the plane always looks heavy and purposeful.  Beautiful build of the kit, great paint job

 

 

 

Matt 

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3 hours ago, scvrobeson said:

The Viggen is a lot like the Foxbat and Foxhound. It doesn't matter the scale, the plane always looks heavy and purposeful.  Beautiful build of the kit, great paint job

 

 

 

Matt 

Thanks Matt :D

indeed, Viggen is much smaller than it looks and feels :)

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