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Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019 - 11:27 AM UTC
Torsten,

not a 'wingy thingy' but you have a photo of some, above:



1/72.

https://www.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=30920

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Posted: Sunday, January 06, 2019 - 02:36 AM UTC
Thanks Fred! Glad you like my little tour around the airports. I'm not a professional airline spotter, don't have the equipment, so these are only snapshots I can take, whenever I'm on an airport. Never seen a Martinair 747, so I had to google for it. Nice livery. I have only 1 airliner in my stash, it's an Airbus A320 of Lufthansa, the one I usually fly with when I'm away for New Years Eve. You're right, I should tackle it ....

Anyway, Vilnius (VNO) is a nice little airport with only 14 gates in total. So, if you don't find your plane on time, it's your fault, not theirs ....

As I said, it was snowing a lot since the morning of 31. December in Vilnius, so there was quite some snow to remove from run- and taxiways. Here waits an ATR 72 of Norra Nordic Regional Airlines (Finland) for its passengers ....

.... just arrived at the gate has this Norwegian Boeing 737 ....

.... wíth Hans Christian Oersted as tailart ....

.... I pushed the button a moment too late for this Boeing 737 from Air Baltic (Latvia), taxiing to the runway ....

.... but here I got her right on time ....

.... push back for an Austrian Embraer 195 on its way home to Vienna ....

.... never saw this aircraft before, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 from Aeroflot, which just arrived in Vilnius ....

.... my bird of the day taxiing to Gate 11, Airbus A320-200 from Lufthansa (code D-AIUL) ....

.... safety first, our aircraft was completly de-iced from front to back. Sorry for the fuzzy photo, seat 20F had a dirty window ....

.... standing beside the taxiway I saw this Airbus A 310 from ULS Cargo (Turkey) ....

.... finally some in flight impressions ....

.... over northern Poland ....

.... and just minutes away from Frankfurt ....


There's not much traffic on a small airport like VNO within 2 hours, but I hope, you enjoyed flying with me. And now, as Damian said somwhere above "Back to the bench!"

Always happy landings!
Torsten
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 08:56 AM UTC
Torsten,

Thanks for the tours of the airports. I like the Lansen, too.

Looking forward to your airline model. One of my roommates from my "freight dog" days now flys Boeing 747-400BCFs for Martinair Holland. They would make a pretty model if you like red.
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 03:33 AM UTC
Hi folks!
Been away for a few days and just returned yesterday evening. My destination for this years New Years Eve celebrations was ....

.... the outbound airport was as usual Frankfurt International (FRA) and I had some time to watch airliners taxiing. Would like to share some of the photos I made and must excuse again for some reflections as I had some disturbing lights around me.
First one in front of my little camera was this United Boeing 777 ....

.... a quick pass made another Boeing 777 from Emirates ....

.... Airbus A320 from Austrian ....

.... towing service for a huge Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 in the old livery ....

.... A 321 from Aegean (Greece) ....

....touch down for a Boeing 747 in the new Lufthansa livery (I like the old one more) ....

.... suddenly these guys appeared near the runway. They waited for a Lufthansa flight and when the plane landed it was funny to see them chasing after it ....

.... but it seems to be nothing serious as the fire fighters drove back to their base a few minutes later. Maybe just an ill passenger or a smoking cable ....

.... another big bird is this A 340 from Lufthansa ....

.... an Airbus A 319 from Tunisair ....

.... here comes an A 330 from Turkish Airlines ....

.... my bird of the day was this Lufthansa Airbus A 320-200 (code D-AIUA), which brought me savely to the lithuanian capital ....

.... while we were waiting for the "clear for take-off" I saw another Austrian, this time an Embrear 195 ....

.... first airliner I saw when we arrived at Vilnius was this A 321 from Wizzair (Hungary). Same day, only 2 hours later and finally there is some snow ....


I have taken some more photos on my return day but still have to sort them out. So I'll show a few more this weekend. And believe me, there was snow, a lot of snow ....

Always happy landings!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 11:46 AM UTC
A lovely collection of model Torsten, well photographed too.
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Posted: Monday, May 01, 2017 - 12:18 AM UTC
Magnus, thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you like the result of my effort. And thanks again for your help. Really appreciated!

Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:55 PM UTC
Torsten! You nailed the look on that one ! Well done!



Magnus
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 04:10 PM UTC
Thanks for your kind words, Jessie!
I think Tarangus has the Lansen also out in quarterscale in the meantime. My Lansen will get its first sunny day next weekend, when I attend a big expo near Zürich in Switzerland. Though it doesn't look sunny over here now. It's more perfect modelling weather ....
During my search in the internet I found quite a few photos of heavily weathered Lansen, but those were only the two-tone-camo jets, the green-camo birds looked in better shape. One of the 3 still airworthy Lansen has the markings of my model and comes in that well maintained airshow look ....

Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:27 AM UTC
The Lansen has been sadly neglected in kits until very recently. It's nice to see it get its day in the sun, and especially nice to see one done so neatly
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:03 AM UTC
Sir, yes Sir!

I know you folks didn't ask for it, but you'll get it anyway. So here comes more Saab air power from me. Finished last weekend my new Saab J 32 Lansen from Hobbyboss was at the photographer today ....




.... the Lansen was Sweden's first all-weather jet and used as A 32 fighter bomber (Attack), J 32 fighter (Jakt) and S 32 recon (Spanings) and was the successor of the J 29 Tunnan. It was powered by a Svenska Flygmotor RM6 A Turbojet engine with a thrust of 4900 kp without and 6500 kp with afterburner. The maximum speed was 1150 km/h with a range of about 1000 kilometers. The maximum ceiling was 14000 meters. The internal armament consisted of 4 Aden Akan M55 canons (caliber 30 mm) with 90 rounds each. The Lansen could carry up to 1000 kg of bombs and rockets on 8 hardpoints. 452 Lansen were built between 1954 and 1960 and they were only used by the Royal Swedish Air Force between 1956 and 1997. There are still 3 Lansen in airworthy conditions which can be seen on airshows around Europe ....






.... I have built a J 32 B Lansen of the Kungliga Jämtlands Flygflottilj F4, the Jämtland Wing of the Royal Swedish Air Force, based at Frösön air base. This unit was established in 1926, starting with Hawker Hart biplanes. They later had F-51 Mustangs, before changing to swedish made aircraft like the J 29 Tunnan, the J 35 Draken or the AJ 37 Viggen. The Lansen was in use with this unit only from 1967 to 1969. Last aircraft in this unit was the JAS 39 Gripen before the unit was disbanded in 2005. A side note is that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven served in Flygflottilj 4 as a conscript during his military service in the 1970s ....





.... we have waited many years to get all those nice Saab aircraft in 1/48. A couple of years ago Hasegawa made the beginning with the Draken, then Italeri came up with the Gripen and meanwhile we have quite a variety of Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget aircraft from various manufacturers. When Hobbyboss came out with the Lansen it was of course a "must have" for me. The fitting of the parts is excellent but the cockpit could be more detailed for a price of over 50 Euros. I did the best I could to make it looks nice but decided to leave the canopy closed. An open canopy also always "destroyes" the lines of an aircraft, don't you think so? I used the ordnance which comes with the kit, which I believe are Bofors Rocket Launcher 75 mm and Rb 04 Anti Ship Missiles plus external tanks. Building this beauty is no problem at all but I couldn't find the right paints for the camo. Here goes a big thanks to our Magnus Fridsell, who helped me out. So I used Green FS 34079 from Gunze for the upperside and Grey FS 36320 from Agama for the underside. The cockpit interior was painted with Grey 374 from Revell. The red squares on the wings come as decals but I decided it would look better painted and used Red 330 from Revell. The black nose is painted with Black 302 and the leading edges with Aluminium 99, both paints again from Revell. Masking this bird is no big deal, only the red squares were a bit tricky. I know, they don't look like that, but they were. The decals are thin and glossy and lay down fine into the (few) panel lines. Like on my Tunnan, the stencils are a catastrophy, as they are also more or less unreadable. In 1/48 and for 50 Euros I can expect better quality, like Cartograph. In the absence of an alternative I had to use them. That tailsitter problem I had with my Tunnan didn't occur here, as there is a lot of space in front of the cockpit. So I've put enough weight (fishing lead) in it and now this bird weights 150 grams! Okay, that should be enough. First I was afraid the nose wheel wouldn't carry that weight, but it's sturdy. So no worries!




.... again I say "Tack!" for walking around with me and hope you enjoyed it. And don't you worry, there are a few more Saab aircraft in my stash and one more is in the production plan for this year ....

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, January 09, 2017 - 07:12 AM UTC
Great images Torsten, thanks for sharing.

Now, back to the bench!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:17 AM UTC
On the 7. January I had to return home and there was a lovely tail parade around Terminal 5 of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), consisting of airliners from Norway, Iran and Russia (left to right) ....

.... a better view of the Aeroflot A 320

.... and the Iran Air airliner

.... on the other side of the terminal waits this colourful Boeing 757 from Icelandair for its guests. Reykjavik is sure a destination for a New Years Eve party in the near future for me

.... don't worry, here's no engine burning. They are just de-icing this SAS bird, getting the full load.

.... and when everything's done, she's ready for another trip

.... I really love the look of the airliners of Norwegian with their red noses. That's why I call them "Rotkäppchen". Many of them have also a great tail art of scandinavian heros. Here's a Boeing 737 with Kirsten Flagstad as tail art, the norwegian opera singer. She's also on the 100 Norwegian Kroner note.


.... another Norwegian Boeing 737 with Karen Blixen, the danish author, who wrote "Out Of Africa". I'm sure everyone of us remembers the movie with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.


.... towing service for another Norwegian 737 with a true norwegian national hero as tail art, Otto Sverdrup, the artic explorer, to be mentioned together with Fridjof Nansen and of course Roald Amundsen

.... a Lufthansa A 320 waiting on a sunny Stockholm winter day

.... coming from my beloved Riga is this little ATR from Air Baltic (Latvia) taxiing towards the terminal

.... a long way from home comes this A 320 from TAP Air Portugal

.... hey you in that Bobbycar, look behind you!

.... another A 320, here from Pegasus (Turkey)

.... and here is "Alvid Viking", a Boeing 737-600 of the SAS, who brought me home again after 10 fantastic days in the swedish capital

.... and finally some inflight impressions




Thanks for flying with me, I hope you've enjoyed it.

Always happy landings!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, January 09, 2017 - 12:25 AM UTC
Hi guys!
No scale kit jets here from me right now, This time I for the real thing. Some of you may remember, that I spent the days around New Years Eve in Stockholm and I would like to take you for a ride around the airports I've been to. Just returned Saturday evening.

First I must apologize for the reflections in some photos, I had to shoot through windows.

The outbound airport for me on the 28. December was Frankfurt International (FRA) and I had some time to take a few shots of the traffic around Terminal 1. This big bird made me smile and let me think of my flight to Cape Town a few years ago. Airbus A 340 of South African Airways ....

.... next is a Boeing 777 of China Airlines

.... an A 330 of Etihad

.... a real big bird is this A 380 of Lufthansa

.... and another A 380 of Thai

.... while we're talking of big birds, here's a Boeing 747 of Lufthansa

.... another Boeing 777 of United

.... a quick pass made this Boeing 737 of Tarom (Romania)

.... a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Air Canada

.... an A 320 from Vueling (Spain)

.... but my bird of the day was this one. Boeing's work horse on medium distances is the 737, here "Frida Viking", a 737-800 of the SAS Scandinavian Airlines which brought me to Stockholm


To be continued in a moment ....
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Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 12:03 AM UTC
After 4 years we've reached page 2 in this thread, yeah!

Thanks for all your comments, guys! I didn't expect that much feedback ....

Damian, the Tunnan is surely not much known around. That counts for all Saab aircraft, I guess, except the Draken, which is world famous. Glad you enjoyed my little history lesson. In this past week I've searched the web for some deeper informations about the aircraft to make this a good roll out.

Bill, I'm glad you like my little jet collection. Yes, the Draken is also one of my favourite jets. When I was a child I've seen for several times Danish Air Force Drakens on exercise over the danish island of Römö, when I was there on holidays. That's a good reason to get a danish Draken now. Seems I've got a soft spot for Saab aircraft. The Lansen from Hobbyboss is already ordered and somewhere in my stash is a Gripen hiding. A soft spot for all 4 scandinavian countries I have for sure ....

Joel, I havn't seen a Tunnan built either and think it will be a good eye catcher on expos. In June we have our own from my club, the first time the J 29 will be seen live. You're right, the red/white markings add some colour to the finish beside the yellow wing tips. Because of that, I've chosen the austrian version. But Austria has no "Low Viz" national insignia, as can be seen here and here on their Eurofighters.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 11:08 PM UTC
Torsten,

As Damian said, I also can't recall seeing a built up model of the Saab J 29. As usual, your build is a perfect quality museum model. The choice of the Austrian markings certainly add some much needed color to the all Aluminum finish.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 11:03 PM UTC
Torsten, I like your jet collection, in particular the Drakens. The J-35s are one of my favorite Cold war fighters.
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 07:28 PM UTC
Another lovely clean build Torsten, and a subject that I haven't seen built and until now knew very little about. Thanks once again for the history lesson and well done getting the "Flying Barrel" on the display shelf.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 07:08 PM UTC
Nearly a year has past since my last posting here and all of a sudden I have something new! Well, what should I say? The Saab story continues. Finished earlier this month today I can show you my new Saab J 29 Tunnan from Hobbyboss in 1/48 ....


.... the J 29 was Sweden's 2. jet aircraft and the first in Europe after WW 2 with swept wings. Maiden flight of the first prototype took place on the 1. September 1948. First production aircrafts were delivered to the Flygvapnet in May 1951. Until the end of the production 1956 a total of 661 Tunnans were build. It was powered by a licenced build De Havilland Ghost engine with a thrust of 22 kN which gave the bird a speed of 1035 km/h. The maximum ceiling was 13500 meters. For comparison, the Eurofighter has a thrust of 90 kN.
The armament of the "Flying Barrel" consisted of 4 Hispano Suiza 804 cannons, caliber 20 mm with 180 rounds each. The aircraft was further capable to carry bombs and rockets on 8 hardpoints. During the Congo Crisis in the early 1960's Sweden used 9 Tunnans in that UN mission. Today there are still some of these aircrafts left in museums all over the world. The last one in flying conditions is operated by the F10 Friends Society Ängelholm in Sweden. This aircraft can been seen on air shows around Europe ....



... I have built "Red B" of the 2./JaboG 1 of the "Luftstreitkräfte des Österreichischen Bundesheeres" or, for our non-german speaking friends, the Austrian Air Force, based in Linz-Hörsching in 1969. Austria was the only export customer of the Saab J 29 and operated 30 used machines from 1960 to 1973. The aircraft shown here was build 1954 for the Swedish Air Force with the Serial No. 29649 and was sold to Austria, which used it from August 1962 to July 1972. There are several J 29 surviving in museums but the fate of this aircraft is unknown to me ....



.... Hobbyboss came out with this kit in late 2015 and I must say, they did a good job. It's the first quarterscale kit of a mainstream producer since that AZ-Model kit some years ago. The fitting is good, there is no filler needed. All in all it was a quick build which lasted about 4 weeks. This kit hasn't seen my stash, it went strait to the workbench after I bought it. The only problem I have (and I guess everyone of us will have) is, that it is a tailsitter .... Yes, and I can't do anything against it. There is only very little room inside the fuselage for weight (no room in front of the front wheel) because of the long air intake which goes from the front, under the cockpit to nearly the main landing gear. I've put the double of weight, which was recommended by the intruction plan, in that little space under the cockpit (10 g instead of 5 g) but it was not enough. I think it's the first tailsitter in my collection. Well, for this photo shooting and on expos Uhu Tac will do a good job hopefully ....


.... Hobbyboss offers 2 decal versions for this bird, a swedish and an austrian one, and I decided for the more colourful austrian version. Painting here is no big deal, the main paints I used are Aluminium 99 and Yellow 15. Interior was painted in Stone Grey 75 and Black 8, for the rockets I used Yellow Olive 42. All paints are Revell Aqua. The decals are thin and easy to apply. The few stencils though are more or less rubbish. They are unreadable. In 1/48 it is possible with todays technics to print perfect readable stecils, even in China. If the Hobbyboss guys don't know how that works, I can recommend them a company in Italy ....

So for today I say "Hoassn Dank" (which is "Thank You" in austrian slang I believe) for stepping in and hope you enjoyed walking around this little fighter. There are quite a few videos on You Tube like this one with historical footage. Have a look if you like.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 10:48 PM UTC
All excellent builds, Torsten. Nice and clean as always !
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:00 PM UTC
Splendid!

thanks for posting
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 05:20 PM UTC
Just returned from summer holidays and guess where I've been and what I have seen?
The way brought me to the Eesti Lennundusmuseum, the Estonian Aviation Museum near Tartu, and there she stood ....


Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 07:24 PM UTC
Torsten,
That's the consistency and dedication that is necessary to build at the level you do. I tend to spend more time at the workbench in a given week then you, but have never managed to build more then 4 models per year.

I am getting to the point of Military aircraft burnout, as that's all I ever seem to build these last several years. A change in scale, and or era really hasn't helped. What I think I need is a change in type of model at least once per year. And that change will most likely be 1960-1970s race cars, and exotic street cars.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 01:36 AM UTC
Joel, thanks for your kind words.
This time my museum quality is surely correct as both original aircraft are standing in a museum, though the camo of DK-223 truely is faded and there's only little difference between Olive Drab (or what colour it really is) and Dark Blue. After 25 years in the open we would also look a little faded, wouldn't we?

You spoke about the consistency of showing my models here on Aeroscale. Well, there's no secret behind it. I try to spend some time at the bench every evening when I'm at home. So usually it's 1 hour, sometimes it's 2 hours or just 30 minutes. All is okay, as long as it is every evening. In some weekends I have more time and can spend 4-5 hours in the afternoon or so. This is the way I try to fight my own "stash war". With both Draken I started on the 18. January and finished both completly on the 28 February. So that's about 6 weeks for 2 equal kits. At the moment I work on models 4 and 5 in 2015, a Leopard 1 tank and Trumpeter's new Whirlwind. The Whirlwind should be ready by mid April. For tanks I need a little longer. Per year I finish about 10 models.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 01:42 AM UTC
Torsten,
Another one of your most excellent museum quality builds. Just a perfect camo paint scheme. The two of them together makes for a fine display. Opposites yet, the same.

Nicely done my friend. Your work is not only up to museum standards, but it's the consistency build after build that sets your work apart from most of our efforts.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:00 AM UTC
Jonathan, thanks for the nice feedback and your PM. I'll do my best and can promise that my Draken family will grow in the future. But not now, I'll be back with a prop soon ....

Magnus, also thanks for your most welcome reply. I'm glad that you like what you see. In 2011 I was on holidays in Sweden the last time and of course I visited the Flygvapenmuseum in Linköbing. What a great museum you have there. So many rare aircraft, that is fantastic. I came there 1 hour before they opened and left 5 minutes before they closed. And that all for just 50 SEK.
Of course I've also been in Trollhättan. Another fantastic museum there. Too sad, that Saab doesn't produce cars any more ....
At the expo last weekend I saw the new quarterscale Viggen from Tarangus but 88 Euros for the kit is far beyond my limit (and wallet) ....

Torsten