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Saab 39 Gripen

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Category:Aircraft - Jets
Aircraft - Jets
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Used from:1997–Now
Used by:Military
Manufacturer:SE Saab
Model:39 Gripen

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March 5, 2021

Clifford Keesler added a new photoalbum.
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Almost ready for primer.
12 | 19. February, 22:11
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Clifford Keesler
Welcome Augie. Yes this one is kind of bad. This is my third Kitty Hawk kit, and the one that got the worst reviews, the F-101C was the best fitting of the 3. I also have the Super Entenard, F-94, Cougar and one other one that I can't remember right now.
27. February, 03:53
playtime 222
I've got 3 kitty hawk kits in the stash and every single build I've seen, the builder says they suck.... *Sigh Ah well
27. February, 07:06
Clifford Keesler
The F-101C was a nice build. This one not, had to add putty around the fwd windscreen as it did not fit either. Hopefully I will get it faired in without screwing it up. Some careful sanding is in order. AAARRRRGGGG!
2. March, 04:49
playtime 222
Good luck :D
3. March, 13:50
Clifford Keesler
Well all the sanding is done, I got it primed and the undersides painted. Then promptly snapped the nose and tail pitot tubes off. Luckly I bought extra aftermarket ones, so will just add them. The landing gear and weapons are primed.
4. March, 03:19
Clifford Keesler
Got this beast painted today. Will try and update the album tomorrow.
5. March, 02:23
Nathan Dempsey
You're getting this one together nicely. Those Kittyhawk kits are challenging for sure.
5. March, 03:22
Looks very nice and clean right now, seems you solved all of the fit issues as of now.
Though I guess the landing gear position is something of concern as well: in several other models I've seen, the landing gear seems to be skewed in its position and not being nice and parallel/symmetric if you know what I mean - making the rest of the model skewed to one side for example. But I think with the patience you had with the kit so far, this will be solvable as well.
What weapons will you put on?
5. March, 21:02

March 2, 2021

Søren Thuesen added a new project.
1:48 Gripen (Kitty Hawk KH80117)1:48 JAS-39C Gripen Electronic Bay (Aires 4623)1:48 JAS-39 Gripen S. A. - Kitty Hawk - (Eduard 49656)14+
Saab JAS 39C Gripen
ZA Military South African Air Force (1920-now)
2. March, 00:57
Søren Thuesen added a new project.
1:48 JAS 39 A Gripen (Italeri 2638)1:48 JAS 39 C Gripen Wheels (CMK Q48014)1:48 JAS-39 Gripen (Eduard 49300)8+
Saab JAS 39C Gripen
CZ Military Vzdušné síly Armády České republiky (Czech Air Force 1993-now)
Two-tone grey
2. March, 00:45

February 28, 2021

Jos Jansen added a new project.
6 | 25. February, 21:23
Mark D
Very nice scheme, really looking forward to this one!
27. February, 20:08
Jos Jansen
Me too Mark, one drawback, the model is really a "Shitty" Hawk kit. :D
27. February, 20:30
I love the paint scheme.. will watch and hope :D
27. February, 20:31
Mark D
There is something with that black and grey combination that looks always attractive, I was busy with a JA-37 with that double Black V and a picture of a horse at the underside, but couldn't handle the 1/48 Viggen of Esci, put it on hold halfway, stil have the decals. Anyway, good luck with the K Hawk kit
28. February, 14:31

February 19, 2021

Clifford Keesler added a new project.
In progress
1:48 Jas-39C Gripen exhaust nozzle opened - Kitty Hawk (Aires 4608)1:48 Gripen (Kitty Hawk KH80118)1:48 1/48 JAS-39 Gripen early wheels w/ weighted tires (Armory AW48503)2+
5 | 13. February, 22:02
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Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much David, Donald, Roland and Jens. for your encouragement and kind words. And welcome aboard all. I made a start on the cockpit today,so far so good. Pictures soon.
17. February, 00:25
James C
I've got an Italeri molding of the Gripen, so can't be worse than that ;) Following
17. February, 01:10
Konrad Limmer
Here we go :)!
17. February, 05:29
Clifford Keesler
Welcome James and Konrad. This thing is going to make the Jaguar look like a walk in the park. LOL. Aft fuselage halves are warped very badly. I think it is a result of the way the kit was packaged. Mostly straight now after marathon session with hot water. Now it has stress marks in the left rear fuselage, but hopefully will be ok once painted. I will not be defeated, you guys know I will never give up on a kit. LOL.
18. February, 02:05
18. February, 07:07
Donald Dickson II
Also could have been stored in non temp controlled area. Thats not necessarily a KH thing.
18. February, 14:23
Slavo Hazucha
joining in for the show! :)
18. February, 18:57
Clifford Keesler
Welcome Sergej and Slavo. Q Donald, yea it probally is, it could even be where I had it stuck in the stash. Quick update, forward fuselage closed up. What a nightmare that was. I had to cut all the locating tabs off and widen nose gear bay opening to get the nose gear bay to fit. So wound up joining fuselage halves then shoved the cockpit in from the rear to get it to fit. Anyway the front end is done. I WILL NOT GIVE UP. LOL.
19. February, 15:04

February 13, 2021

Geewiz added a new project.
1:48 Gripen (Kitty Hawk KH80118)1:48 1/48 JAS-39 Gripen early wheels w/ weighted tires (Armory AW48503)1:48 Jas-39C Gripen exhaust nozzle opened - Kitty Hawk (Aires 4608)4+
Saab JAS 39B Gripen
SE Military Svenska Flygvapnet (Swedish Air Force 1926-now)
13. February, 22:42

February 11, 2021

tyu added a new project.
1:48 Gripen (Kitty Hawk KH80117)1:48 JAS-39 Gripen (Res/Kit RSU48-0034)1:48 SAAB JAS 39 Gripen - Pitot Tubes & Angle Of Attack probes (Master AM-48-075)6+
11. February, 10:36

February 7, 2021

Aleksander Górka added a new project.
7. February, 11:24

February 6, 2021

Steven Brennan added a new photoalbum.
11 images
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4 | 6. February, 12:03
Steven Brennan
About to have a go at weathering for the first time
6. February, 12:07
Jos Jansen
Real nice!
6. February, 13:53
Steven Brennan
Thanks mate
6. February, 19:15

February 2, 2021

Steven Brennan added a new project.
In progress
1:48 JAS 39 A Gripen (Italeri 2638)
2. February, 09:20