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SAAB J 35 F Draken

August 23, 2014 in Aviation

The superb Hasegawa 1/48 scale rendition of the Swedish J 35 F Draken. My model depicts a Draken from the Swedish Flygvapen based at Angelholm. Photos on the web show the Angelholm Drakens to be badly weathered towards the end of their career. The kit is good OOB but I opted for the CMK resin upgrade set for the cockpit, wheel wells, afterburner can and flaps. I also scratchbuilt the ram turbine and added various hydraulic pipes and brake lines to the undercarriage.

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17 responses to SAAB J 35 F Draken

  1. Good work, Morne….don’t see these built all that often (at least I don’t). The curious thing about this(to me), is the fact that it’s painted in a camo scheme and then painted with a giant white number on each wing, sorta defeating the purpose. I’m sure there’s a plausible explanation behind it, though. Again, a nice job on the kit, sir.

    • Hi Craig. Still the best looking fighter aircraft to come out of Europe during the Cold War. Unique camo indeed. Dark Sea Blue, Dark Green topside and Neutral Grey on the bottom with only the belly of the aircraft in natural metal. The white numerals were applied to aircraft taking part in mock air combat and low level exercises. Used Modelmaster enamels and Doc O Brien’s weathering powders to simulate a well used Draken.

      • No, not the best looking plane from Europe. The best looking plane built by anyone to date! (At least I think so! :-)) It manages to look retro and futuristic at the same time and the is no “good side” to look at because this jewel is stunning from any angle! (More so without the drop tanks.) It looks more like a flying sports car than a fighter jet! (And you did a wonderful job on it! Mine’s waiting in the wings to be built.)

  2. As Craig above, a great build and finish.
    I can remember Airfix doing this in 1/72 scale years ago and was amazed at the camo colours then.
    Well done sir.

    • Thanks Simon! Yes, I have fond memories of building the Airfix kit many years ago. In those days I took an afternoon to build it and marvelled at it for hours. The double delta is definitely unique and lend a purposeful look to the Draken.

  3. Outstanding finish, on a classic beauty. Very well done.

  4. Delta’s definitely offer a different look. Yours is very well done Morne.

  5. Hi Al. As a child I had the pleasure to see a Mirage III from the South African Air Force doing a solo display and that started my love for delta aircraft. All delta aircraft are beauties. The B 58 and XB 70 surely the best of them all.

  6. You’ve produced a gorgeous looking model, Morne. Your photographs show some very nice work, especially the extra detailing, and your finish is excellent. I think you sell yourself a little short in the write up, you’ve obviously put a lot of hard work into this!

  7. Great Draken! One of my favorite jets.

  8. Morne,
    Another one of your masterfully done models.

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