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JAS39C Gripen

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Oki, no rest for the wicked!

Next in the pipe is the Kitty Hawk representation of the Gripen.....this looks like a handful :P

It comes in a small flimsy box that actually feels a bit icky if you ask me.....however it´s full of parts!

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There´s lots of parts and it seems like they´re planning on a twin seater as well considering the break up of the fuselage.

The parts look quite crisp and nicely molded but there are a feeeeeew issues here.

You only get one sprue with Gripen specific weapons...You´d never see a Gripen with a load out of a one RB15 and one BK90...

way too different missions. ANyhow we don´t have the BK90 anymore...nor the Mavericks...nor Taurus..nor much of anything else

that might shift some mud and make life unconfortable on the ground. Yeah we have a few GBU-12s but that´s pretty much it

these days

So by other words you can take those two sprues with frenchy stuff and use for your Jags or Mirages instead....

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Yup..these two sprues, nuttin useful if you`re doing a swedish Gripen :P

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Seems I´ll be doing a wee bit of griping here...

The Box says you can do either an "A" or a "C" Gripen out of the box b ut I´m afraid that´s a difficult to do any of them

(if you´re going for the Swedish option)

The airframe is a "C".....and the decals are for an "A".... Seriously KH? You couldn´t have done just that wee bit more research

and give us a great Gripen kit instead of a good one *mumbles*

And what about gasbags and a Litening pod? Not to mention the obmission of the scissorlinks on the MLGs?! How could you miss that?

This kit costs serious money....but you ain´t gonna get away with that if you want to build a correct Gripen "C"

Oh well, what does my opinion matter......

More in part 2

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Part 2

Well, I had to spend some money on extras to get this show on the road :/

Decals from Two Bob.....correct ones!

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A turned pitot tube from Master, NATO pylons (no BOL extentions tho), cockpit set, exterior set and a wheel bay set all from CMK.

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Two gasbags and a SPK39 recce pod from Maestro.

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Exhaust from Aires and a couple of IRIS-T from Maestro.

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Armed with all that extra I set out cleaning the parts and impaling them as usual.

All ready for primer!

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There...enough griping for today, you´re welcome to follow my griping Gripen build :D

Cheers!

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You only get one sprue with Gripen specific weapons...You´d never see a Gripen with a load out of a one RB15 and one BK90...

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The airframe is a "C".....and the decals are for an "A".... Seriously KH? You couldn´t have done just that wee bit more research

and give us a great Gripen kit instead of a good one *mumbles*

Another Mr. Songed kit, well at least not as badly as the Mig-25 tongue.gif

Does that single sprue come with the correct number of pylons?

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Another Mr. Songed kit, well at least not as badly as the Mig-25 tongue.gif

Does that single sprue come with the correct number of pylons?

Actually it's two sets of pylons, NATO pylons and good ole swedish pylons.....one of the better points of the kit surprisingly enough.

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An expensive kit that needs aftermarket parts...I will pass...

Hope ya enjoy the wip at least :)

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Oki, no rest for the wicked!

The airframe is a "C".....and the decals are for an "A".... Seriously KH? You couldn´t have done just that wee bit more research

and give us a great Gripen kit instead of a good one *mumbles*

More in part 2

Sigh, do they *ever*?!?

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Sigh, do they *ever*?!?

Well...why should they when we still buy their kits :/

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Thanx Janne for the very good in box look. I'll probably shell out the dough for one when the funds become available, however good or bad; I just like the aircraft..but then I've met very few aircraft that I didn't like. As for the quality of the product..as my ancestors used to remind me often that one beats none. I'd rather have this one, than be asking if anyone is going to do one. I'm sure the AM folks will be shortly offering the corrections needed. As with others I'll be sitting in the seats with :popcorn: and sodas at the ready....I'll ask one favor...don't keep me hangin' on waiting for updates :D . Even the most prized kits leave some looking for more and better. Tamiya and Hasegawa kits aren't all some folks want and have AM kits done for them. KH is fairly new let's give'em some slack, they may just be the next Tamigawa

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Thanx Janne for the very good in box look. I'll probably shell out the dough for one when the funds become available, however good or bad; I just like the aircraft..but then I've met very few aircraft that I didn't like. As for the quality of the product..as my ancestors used to remind me often that one beat none. I'd rather have this one, than be asking if anyone is going to do one. I'm sure the AM folks will be shortly offering the corrections needed. As with others I'll be sitting in the seats with :popcorn:/> and sodas at the ready....I'll ask one favor...don't keep me hangin' on waiting for updates :D/> . Even the most prized kits leave some looking for more and better. Tamiya and Hasegawa kits aren't all some folks want and have AM kits done for them. KH is fairly new let's give'em some slack, they may just be the next Tamigawa

Oh don't get me wrong....it's a very good kit but could have been excellent if they'd just asked one question to someone who knew something about the Gripen.

It's the A decals for the C frame that annoys me most....that's just pure sloppiness, you just want to be able to build one oob but at least you have to get decals for it!

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I like the fact that among other things, they also give the whole engine.

Looking forward to see the next steps of your build!!!

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Thanx guys, with support like this -how could I fail? :D

I've even enlisted som SwAF help on this build....specially as it'll be an airframe that was used for recce over Libya :D

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following with interest!

Great :) pick a seat...

I was hoping getting on with the cockpit today but I'm having a few issues with the CMK cockpit set... well it seems it ain't correct :P So I've put my contact in the SwAF on getting me some refs.

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I've really been enjoying your subject matters of late Janne, and this is no exception. I might just have to get me one of these one day. Great looking aircraft!

I'm just gonna sit back and enjoy watching this one.

MH

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Thanx MH and marcel :D

I might have something for you tomorrow :D

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Hiya´ll

I´ve got more griping I mean another update for you :D

Thought I´d get aquainted with the CMK cockpit set...

First I started making room for it...nutting fancy, just me and my Dremel removed some rear bulkheads and locator pins inside the Kitty kit.

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Looking at the wheel well and the cockpit I noticed I had to get rid of some resin to make room for the nose wheel well...

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A quick dry fit to see that everything fits as it should....

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Right then on to the cockpit itself....well That doesn´t look right...

I compare the pit to the one Ive got in my CMK best choice multimedia kit and notice it´s the same stuff just about. Well nothing odd there

really since that should be resin for a "C". Looking at my refs I can tell that the CMK pit is for an "A" and has little in common with the "C"

pit...

Looks like I´ll be taking one for the team here....don´t by the CMK cockpit it you want to build a "C", wait for the outstanding Aires pit instead!!!

Anyways, this is what I got....and it´s going to be reworked....not looking all that detailed either if you ask me :P

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The make over is in part 2...yup a two part update today, I´m spoiling you silly aren´t I?

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Part 2

The makeover!

I started with stripping the pit...the two boxes are wrong...too big and and in the wrong places....so I sawed them off!

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Then I sanded the deck smooth from cables and junk...

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I went on to add some cables and tubing to the rear bulkhead....

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Then I added the boxes, somewhar redesigned....

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I built rails on the deck for the boxes out of plasticard and added new details to the boxes.

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And finally I added the canopy opening actuator arm..

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There...the cockpit set was a complete waste of money! For my next Gripen I´ll use good old Aires stuff!

Cheers!

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Not much of an update...more like a sign of life :P

ANyways I put some Alclad primer on the resin and the plastic, both grey and black primer was used.

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Here´s the office primed in black...

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Cheers!

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The cockpit set looks really like a joke........ :bandhead2:

Nice detailing~!

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