1/72 J.35J Draken
Ruud van der Salm
boxing. Mike Howard photos
If you paid full retail for this kit and got it home and opened it ...
you would be wondering why it cost so much. The kits comes with about
64 parts (3 of them clear). The kit seems to not take up much room in
the big box. This particular boxing came with only a single decal
option, that of an all gray plane from Flygflottilj 10. The squadron
is not given, nor is there a specific squadron decal provided.
It is a typical Hasegawa kit. That is to say that the cockpit details
are decals only, the seat kind of resembles the real thing, the wheel
wells are not very detailed, and there are no weapons included. The
plastic is nearly flawless. The kit looks great in the box, it begs to
This kit goes together really easily. I was moving along very quickly
(considering it was me) until i hit the two main speed bumps in this
kit. The intakes and the engine. Neither fit exactly as they are
supposed to. The engine meets up nicely with the top of the fuselage,
but leaves a gap with the bottom half. It is a sizable gap, and much
putty was used to fill it. I was able to make it work and not loose
too much detail in the process. The intakes seem to be a bit too small
for where they are to be joined up with the fuselage. In hind sight,
more dry fitting (sanding down the intakes on the fuselage side some to
shrink the opening?) would have saved me a lot of work. These two
issues took a lot of momentum out of this build.
As the kit has a natural metal belly, i left off the rear wheel housing
until after the NMF was completed. Another tip would be to sand off
the locator pins on the engine section. When one looks into the
engine, they can be seen. I used weapons from the Hasegawa air-to-air
weapons set. I reshaped two falcons to get them to match up to the
style of falcons used by the Swedish Air Force.
Model Master paints (acrylic and enamel) were used throughout the
project. I used FS 36320 (Dark Ghost Gray) on top, and FS 36495 (Light
Gray) on the bottom. I checked which FS numbers the Stockholm IPMS
sight had given for an all gray Draken, and though not spot on, it
seemed close enough for me. After i finished the kit, i must admit
that the bottom color does not look quite right. Masking off the wing
in order to paint the NMF leading edges is not an easy task. The
bottom of the wing has three small fins on it and they over the NMF. I
ended up painting the two sections between these fins by hand and
masking and airbrushing the larger sections.
After the painting is complete, the plane looks fairly boring with such
a large all gray wing area. Luckily the Swedish came up with a
solution, huge orange numbers. (I love it when countries go "low-viz"
and then still allow much color on their schemes when it is all said
and done.) The kit decals go on very nicely. Rarely have i had issues
with applying Hasegawa's decals.
Once the decals are on however, one notices that the film they are on
creates an obvious step between the decals and the aircraft. The
solution for me was Future. I used Future as a gloss coat before
decaling, and added thin layers of it (thinned with Denatured Alcohol
and a few drops of none colored soap) on the kit. The whole thing was
MM Flatcoated and the finishing bits (gear, doors, weapons, etc.) where
added. I used an acrylic wash on the panel lines and then used pastel
chalks to dirty up the plane. The NMF belly is often very stained and
dirty, especially near the rear tail wheel area.
I always had it in mind to build a Swedish jet. This airplane has a
very unique look to it and once i bought the kit, it really called to
me to build it. It is interesting to see a 1960s jet in a modern
air-to-air scheme. The decals add just enough color to off set all the
gray, but the scheme does not take away from the lines of the plane and
the detail of the kit. If you need your "Three Crowns" fix, i would
highly recommend this kit.
World Air Power Journal #17
International Air Power Review #5
Stockholm IPMS website
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