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Dirk Heyer (Vlat)

Saab JAS-39 C Gripen

It has been written a lot about Kittyhawks Gripen kit. Unfortunately, also of a lot of negative by which a wrong picture originates from this, actually, nice kit. It is a kit of the new generation, with the quite normal positive and negative points like all other new kits also. In the construction report I will mention the really relevant small mistakes I discovered.

I have used the following books as references:
Saab Gripen, Author: Gerard Keijsper
JAS-39 Gripen Swedish Multirole Fighter, Author: Slavomir Goldemund
Saab JAS 39 Gripen colours & markings, Author: Michal Ovčáčík, Karel Susa

How with most kits for different versions are intended, should one not work strictly after constructriction manual. As by the construction of Ju 88 of Dragon, or by the construction of the Mosquito wings with separate wingtips of Tamiya, one must deviate from the construction manual to avoid unnecessary repairs.
Also with the Gripen one should stick together the fuselage halves separately.


Christian Bruer
Holy Moly what a promising start. The cockpit details look excellent as well the weapons. Top work Dirk 👍
17 April 2016, 11:20
Lex Jassies
It looks like this one is gonna be a stunning bird!
17 April 2016, 15:44
WOW. This looks stunning. Just keep up the good work.
17 April 2016, 15:55
John Dunbar
I'm in!! 🙂
17 April 2016, 16:01
David Thor
looks really amazing!
17 April 2016, 16:40
arne vd burg
Already a gr8 looking project 👍 Following
17 April 2016, 19:25
Bart Goesaert
looking good so far... nice details...
18 April 2016, 08:19
Holger Kranich
Yeah, Dirk is back! 🙂
And what a promising start! The seat harness looks absolute awesome!
18 April 2016, 08:28
Christian Lehmann
I am in. Nice to see you back Dirk.
18 April 2016, 08:42
Harry Eder
Your Gripen looks very good so far! 👍
18 April 2016, 09:44
Eugen P.
That looks great!
18 April 2016, 09:46
Choppa Nutta
nice work thus far 🙂
24 April 2016, 20:34
Clifford Keesler
Looking awesome Dirk.
24 April 2016, 21:13
Lex Jassies
That's neat, so very neat!
25 April 2016, 07:10
Dirk Heyer
Many thx for all your compliments.

I`ve added the second batch of WIP pictures. As above- mentioned in my introduction, the Kittyhawk Gripen is one of the best quarterscale kits of this aircraft type available, in my submission. Details, accuracy are far better as his obsolete counterpart. All you need is some experience and time for reflexion, but it is not a beginner model I must admit.....
I cannot understand the adulation of that old and pathetic Italeri kit I could read in some Review chats!!
It is a lot of work and patience necessary to achieve approximately the same surface quality as for the Kittyhawk kit, I don`t mention all the missing details. My brave friend Andreas Greim have built the old Italeri kit several years ago, and it is in all terms the best result I`ve ever seen of finished Italeri Gripen models in Quarterscale. He told me, talking about his finished model: "If I had had the choice I would rather have built the Kittyhawk model"

footnote: He ordinarily shrinks back from nothing........his statement says a lot 🙂

I have inserted the link to his model.

bye for now

26 April 2016, 13:05
Mats Bengtsson
Looks very good so far Dirk 👍 It'll be very interesting to follow the progress of this build.
26 April 2016, 18:08
Stephan Ryll
Very nice one 👍
26 April 2016, 18:11
Very nice work 🙂
26 April 2016, 18:45
Clifford Keesler
Looking most impressive.
27 April 2016, 18:54
Dirk Heyer
Many thx for all your compliments!
29 April 2016, 20:25
Bill Gilman
Exquisite work, as always Dirk! 👍 👍 👍
29 April 2016, 20:44
Dirk Heyer
Thx Bill.

Meanwhile the Gripen is finished. Sadly I didn`t take further picture of my WIP, so I´ll close this thread and show the pictures of the finished Gripen now.
The Gripen I`ve built is finished as s/n 39210 "500 Fh", tail number 210 in the typical swedish airforce colours. I used JPS Colors CN003 N.10 for lower surface and CN010 N.9 for upper surfaces. All inner areas like the undercarriage or the airbrakes are painted with Aero Master 1085 Overall Grey.

No. 210 is a so called PRI airframe for the C/D series, it is intended to be flown more frequently than average airframes in order to gain expierience from long term effects on airframe, systems and components prior to the rest of the fleet reaching the same number of flight hours. 39210 was flown well above 20 hours per month, this is (of course) unusually high.

During this time the aircraft had also undergone frequent service and repairs, and two 200 Fh overhaul.

Nine month after it had entered with F17 wing 1000 flight hours was exceeded on June 20, 2005.

(Source: Two Bobs, Colorful Gripens, 48-145)
6 May 2016, 17:20
Mats Bengtsson
The finished Gripen looks just stunning. Well done Dirk 👍
6 May 2016, 18:15
Christian Bruer
Wow Dirk, very fast build! Ecxellent work and finish 👍
6 May 2016, 18:55
Clifford Keesler
Well done Dirk. Amazing job.
6 May 2016, 23:19
A masterpiece. It looks like the real thing. Amazing.
7 May 2016, 04:54
Mark Davey
I thought that was real. Brilliant job 🙂
7 May 2016, 10:07
Daniel Mysak
Absolutely great work. Best Gripen in 1:48 scale ever seen.
7 May 2016, 10:54
Christian Ristits
This is spectacular, another masterpiece, the fotography as well!!!
7 May 2016, 12:59
Roland Sachsenhofer
Just wonderful, masterly built- and a real joy to look at! A masterpiece!
7 May 2016, 13:07
Lex Jassies
Wauw! My sincere compliments.
7 May 2016, 18:53
Mike Kryza
Top work Dirk - as always. 🙂
7 May 2016, 18:55
Dirk Heyer
Thx to all.
8 May 2016, 10:08
Holger Kranich
Thats how a Gripen has to look like!
9 May 2016, 06:52
arne vd burg
Stunning job Dirk
9 May 2016, 18:13
Sören Mårtensson
9 May 2016, 18:20
Harry Eder
Awesome result Dirk! 👍
10 May 2016, 05:34
Oliver Peissl
Very nice Dirk!
19 July 2021, 10:04
Clifford Keesler
Very nice.
26 July 2021, 01:17


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1:48 JAS-39A/C (TwoBobs Aviation Graphics 48-145)1:48 Jas-39C Gripen exhaust nozzle - closed (Aires 4604)1:48 Gripen (Kitty Hawk KH80117)7+
Saab JAS 39C Gripen
SE Svenska Flygvapnet (Swedish Air Force 1926-now)
F 17 Wing 210
December 2006 500 Flight Hours - Ronneby
Darkgrey, Lightgrey

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