Show 16 previous comments Juergen Klinglhuber
Yeah!! Saab 105!! - Looking forward to your double build! have fun and keep us informed.
12. November 2019 at 19:44:17
13. November 2019 at 11:51:07
Nice project - ugly kitparts
13. November 2019 at 11:54:08
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13. November 2019 at 17:24:11
I have been trying to figure out the best way to perform this build as the instructions only very loosely correlate with what can be found on the sprues and the etched frets. Also there is no build sequence described, so you need to do some work finding the best assembly order. A lot of stuff needs to be fabricated from plastic and metal sheets, as otherwise things don't add up at all. Definitely challenging, but so far, pretty fun!
13. November 2019 at 22:14:45
I've never seen that plane before. Interesting. Looks a bit like a mix of Prowler (front), Alpha Jet (middle) and Starfighter (elevator).
16. November 2019 at 10:14:56
I'm following this build, lots of patience
16. November 2019 at 11:02:25
Watching! I read once that this kit can be "challenging...." Almost reminds me of an Amodel....
16. November 2019 at 12:06:04
seems like a lot of, well, seams....
16. November 2019 at 17:01:52
16. November 2019 at 21:09:17
Thomas, I can feel with you, it can be a pain sometimes - 2 of this kits done, 3 waiting - I am really curious about the outcome and your experience. Until now it seems you handle this challenge with ease....
17. November 2019 at 08:20:39
I have now come to the point where the fuselage can finally be cemented together. I will then add the nose cone and possibly try to scratch build at least some resemblance of a nose gear box. Oh, and to make sure to cram as much lead weight as I can into this model. The next will be the tricky wing and complicated jet intake/exhaust assembly. I think I will need to step back a little to think about how to best engineer this, as I can see a lot of potentiall pitfalls.
17. November 2019 at 12:28:29
Jürgen Klingkhuber, Three kits waiting, seriously? That's certainly a challenge! I don't think I would be able to handle three more of this kit, once these two are finished. I'd love to see your results!
17. November 2019 at 12:32:37
Erik De Smet
I have this kit in my stash too, and I think it will stay there, but I am following this interesting build
17. November 2019 at 12:34:04
17. November 2019 at 13:05:07
Erik De Smet, I think you should give it a go, this kit is actually quite fun because it will force you to think outside the box in order to overcome the problems.
Bernd Korte - thank you! But I deliberately leave out the most tricky panel lines, like circles and ovals as I think those are beyond my scribing capability.
17. November 2019 at 19:11:15
Thomas - once I get up the nerve to start with those three - I let you know
Unfortunally I have developed a passion for that birds - the real one's that are still (!!) in service here in Austria. So it's only a matter of time to take a deep breath and pull the kits out of the stash and put them on the table,....
17. November 2019 at 19:22:55
I am waiting for warranty replacement of some totally deformed jet exhaust parts that were more or less beyond repair... As soon as they arrive in the mail I will continue building. In the meantime I finished scribing the entire kit, it turned out quite nice without any slips or crooked lines.
24. November 2019 at 18:01:45
this is a real 'labour of Hercules', keep going....
25. November 2019 at 10:41:33
I finally figured out how to build the engine nacelles, as I am unable to make the kit parts fit. I added the bottom halves first, of course heavily sanded in shape. From there I crafted a top half, partially from the kit part, but also by using styrene sheets and a lot of liquid styrene. Finally I built my own thrust reversers, as the kit versions are totally unusable. I will later add metal frames to the reversers to make them look a bit more like the real thing. The jet pipe in the middle will be crafted from a hollowed out styrene cylinder with the tip of the kit part inserted in the middle.
Wow, this is really a lot of work for a tiny model - I hope it will be worth the effort.
26. November 2019 at 22:25:15
Thomas, could you share your recipe for liquid styrene? Is it nitro-based?
Extremely challenging project, reminds me a bit of my Iryda, but I knew so much less while building it
27. November 2019 at 08:28:28
Lukasz, actually quite easy: I cut a sprue tree in tiny pieces (5 mm) and put them in a bottle of Tamiya Extra Thin cement. After a few days the styrene has melted and turned into a goo. If it is too thin, add more plastic, if it is too thick, add more cement. You can then simply brush it onto the model where you want to fill large gaps.
It is a bit messy, but the good thing is that when applied, this stuff really melts into the plastic and becomes a part it - you can scribe and cut it just like the original part and will not crumble like putty. You can even use it to completely reshape parts (e.g to make them thicker or longer), but you will then have to use several layers with a day of waiting time between layers, so it is a bit time-consuming.
27. November 2019 at 09:01:31
Excellent work so far on this famous Putty Queen the Devourer of Putty!
3. December 2019 at 09:00:48
I have been crafting my own metal parts to combine with the photo-etched parts. The landing gears are next - the horror.
Urban, thank you! Yes I cannot remember having used this much filler on a single project - like ever. This little kit doesn't give anything away for free.
3. December 2019 at 18:05:03
Are you really going to tame that beast?
You are! Unbelievable and stunning!
3. December 2019 at 19:01:12
Roland, thank you for the kind words, they mean a lot!
3. December 2019 at 20:52:21
16. December 2019 at 13:23:36
Backtracking my steps little with the new warranty replacement parts for the engine nacelles. The original parts kept caving in as the material was simply too thin (errors in the molding process). The replacement parts look much better! I also made new seats and added some improvements. I am starting to realize that this kit is not at all as hopeless as people say. Sure the fit is pretty crappy, but it just takes some fantasy to fix most of the the weaknesses.
16. December 2019 at 20:25:23
It keeps growing into a precious gem - and a reference build for this lovely plane
17. December 2019 at 09:39:15
29. December 2019 at 17:13:38
Thomas, thank you! Yes, this kit really keeps me on my toes.
29. December 2019 at 19:25:16
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Blue underside sprayed with gloss Tamiya Sky Blue - next will be the camo on the top, but the blue undersides are still slighly tacky (I obviously used too much retarder in the paint), so I will give it a few days to completely dry before doing any serious masking.
11. February at 21:33:01