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AussieReg
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Posted: Monday, January 09, 2017 - 02:12 PM UTC
Great images Torsten, thanks for sharing.

Now, back to the bench!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, January 09, 2017 - 08:17 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 - 07:25 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 ....
BlackWidow
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Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 07:03 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: Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 06:08 AM 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: Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 06:03 AM UTC
Torsten, I like your jet collection, in particular the Drakens. The J-35s are one of my favorite Cold war fighters.
AussieReg
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Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 02:28 AM 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: Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 02:08 AM 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 Dampf" (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: Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 05:48 AM UTC
All excellent builds, Torsten. Nice and clean as always !
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 05:00 AM UTC
Splendid!

thanks for posting
BlackWidow
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:20 AM 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: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 02:24 AM 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 - 08:36 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 - 08:42 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 - 07:00 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
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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:33 AM UTC
That's a good choice of subject Torsten !

I've seen the Finish one fly at an airshow in Sweden in 1990, the yellow Swedish one I only saw on the ground when they had it at the Airforce Museum some years ago.

Beautiful!



Magnus
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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:12 AM UTC
That is a very handsome display. I hope you can build the rest of the family in future.


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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:01 AM UTC
And this is how I will show my Nordic Dragons on some expos this year. Would love to have some more of these great kits, as I need at least a Danish and an Austrian one ....




Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 07:56 AM UTC
As promised earlier, here comes part 2 of my Draken Duo ....


.... the Suomen Ilmavoimat, the Finnish Air Force, was one of the very few in the western world to have planes from both sides of the fence in their inventory during the Cold War. So the Draken flew at the same time as the MiG 21. Finland had a total of 48 Draken of different versions in the air force. Some were bought used from Sweden but most of them were assembled in Finland by Valmet Works in Kurovesi from components made by Saab in Linköbing ....



.... my Draken DK-223 is one of those Finnish assembled J35S (S = Suomi) from the Hävittäjälentolaivue 11, Lapland Air Command, Suomen Ilmavoimat, based in Rovaniemi in 1985. It wears the emblem of the unit, a european bison, on the fin and the name "Kreivi von Rosen", which means "Count (Eric) von Rosen". The Swedish Count von Rosen donated the first aircraft to the young Flying Corps of the White Troops in 1918 ....



.... the kit is from the same manufacturer as my yellow Draken and was also a limited edition in 2010. This was in fact my first Draken kit, as I wanted a Finnish one. It builds as easy as the other Draken kit and differs only in a few parts. So I have added the 2 external tanks of 500 liters each. That was a usual sight on Drakens. On this bird I used paints of different brands. On the underside you find Grey 374 and Steel 91 from Revell. The upperside is painted with Olive Drab 71043 from Vallejo and Midnight Blue H55 from Gunze. Both kits have a primer of White 5 from Revell underneath, which was especially important for the "Tre Kronor" Draken, to get the yellow paint opaque. The decals are also of good quality and go on the surfaces without any problems. But as usual I have used some decal softener from Revell on both kits ....


.... again I say "Kiitos" for walking around with me. Draken DK-223 is also still alive and can be visited at the Keski Suomen Ilmailomuseo, the offical Finnish Air Force Museum in Tikkakoski near Jyväskylä. I've been there last July but unfortunatly took only 2 photos of that old warrior. It's pretty packed there in the museum, looks a bit like on an aircraft carrier This Draken was on duty between the 3. October 1975 and the 23. August 2000 and had 2297 flying hours done.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 08:11 AM UTC
Joel, thanks for your nice comment.
I also think this Draken looks super cool in that yellow outfit. The box art of this kit graces an original in flight photo of the aircraft and it looks very shiny. So this time I did it right with my no weathering strategy ....
I remember that I have seen the photo of this machine somewhere at airfighters.com and here it is at the museum in Estonia.
At the moment I prepare my new stuff for the first expo this year at the weekend, so the other Draken has to wait until next week.

Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - 03:48 AM UTC
Torsten,
It's been years, but the wait has certainly been worth it. Just an outstanding build. Your usual museum finish works very well with the paint scheme of your Saab J 35.

Overall a perfect build and a perfect finish. Well done my friend. Looking forward to your other Draken in the next few days.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, March 02, 2015 - 05:18 AM UTC
Is it really 3 years ago, that I've build my last afterburner ....? Yes, it is! To change this I have decided to build a dual combo of a legendary jet fighter in the sky over Europe. Finished just this weekend I can show you today the first half of it. It's the Saab J 35 Draken from Hasegawa in 1/48 ....


.... development of the famous Draken goes back to 1949, when the Swedish Air Force asked Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (Saab) to undertake development of a new fighter plane. Design specifications were really ambitious for that time, calling for a plane with an operational ceiling of 14.000 meters, climbing to 10.000 meters in under 3 minutes and a maximum speed of Mach 1,4. It should have STOL capabilities as well. Saab engineers constructed the Saab 210, an experimental plane, also named "Lill Draken" with double delta wings. Between 1951 and 1954 it made over 500 test flights and in 1955 the first prototypes of the J35 Draken were build. The test flights of these 3 planes were highly successful and Saab was given an order for mass production. The first regular aircrafts were given to units in 1958. 651 Draken were build until 1974, of which 556 were operated by the Svenska Flygvapnet, the Swedish Air Force. Drakens were also exported to Austria, Denmark and Finland. The last Draken was taken out of service in 2005 by the Austrian Air Force. Flight Research Inc. in the USA operates a few ex Danish Drakens. The aircraft was powered by a Svenska Flygmotor RM6C engine which gave the Draken a speed of 2.100 km/h at 11.000 meters. The successor of the Draken was the J37 Viggen ....



... I have build the J 35 Draken No. 35541 of the 3. squadron of the Flygflottil 10 (F10), Svenska Flygvapnet in its Last Flight livery 1999. The unit is based in Ängelholm on the west coast of Sweden ....



.... Hasegawa came out with this kit as a limited edition in 2010. There are 2 decal versions in the kit. The other one is completly in blue, the also very attractive Last Flight livery of the 2. (?) squadron. The kit consists of only 109 parts which are glued together quite easily. There is no real problem with building this fighter. At first I was a bit anxious when I saw the big decals of the swordfishs. They could cause problems because of their size, I thought. But with a little patience they went on very easy, nearly no corrections were needed. The paints I have used come all from Revell. Yellow is No. 310, on the underside I have also used Metal No. 91 and the cockpit is painted with Bronce Green No. 65. This aircraft has not a difficult paint job but a very attractive one. It was really fun to build this kit ....


.... I say "tack sa mycket" for stepping in and walking around my first jet plane within 3 years. Oh, before I forget, the original aircraft to my model is still alive and can be seen in an aircraft museum somewhere in Estonia. Sorry, I forgot the name of this museum.
I have finished another Draken, which I will show you in the next days, maybe early next week ....

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 02:24 PM UTC
Thanks for your comments, guys!
Sorry, that I didn't answer earlier, but a few weeks ago my 12 years old computer crashed completly and I was offline for a while. When it perished it took also my external HD with all photos of my finished models with it. But I still have hope to save them somehow.
Meanwhile I have a new PC and though I'm still struggling with that strange Windows 8, it works nearly the way I want. Slowly I'm on the way back to the online life
Steve, I have used this rack to build all my models and in my Assembly Line thread over in the WW2 forum I have explained on page 1 how it is made. Just scroll down the page to the bottom. Sorry, but somehow copying that page doesn't work (Windows XP was better ....).
Joel, the Eurofighter was in fact the last post WW2 jet aircraft I have build. At the moment there are no plans to build any more jets this year. Right now I work on the B-25 for Russells Memorial Campaign and then I will switch over again the 1/35 military vehicels and build a German GTK Boxer, which was a christmas present from my sister last year. So it had to be build.
But before all that, I'll go on holidays!

Happy modelling everyone!
Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 06:40 PM UTC
Torsten,
Some how I missed this one of aircraft thread when you 1st posted it. It's really another fine example of your modeling style.

So when do you plan on doing another non-WW11 aircraft?
Joel
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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 06:36 AM UTC
Torsten,

Your build looks fantastic, great work! How did you make that stand that the model is resting on?

Jon