SAAB J35 Draken Hasegawa 1/48
New month, new models!
The Saab 35 Draken was a Swedish fighter aircraft manufactured by Saab between 1955 and 1974. The distinctive design incoporate a "double-delta" configuration, with one delta wing within another large delta. The inner wing has an 80° angle for high speed performace, while the outer 60° wing gives good performance at lower speeds. Propulsion was provided by a single Svenska Flygmotor RM 6B/C turbojet. A ram turbine, under the nose, provide emergency power.
This model represents a Finnish version HävLLv 11 1984, DK-201
The Hasegawa kit is accurate and with good fit as usual, but a bit simple for the scale and because I didn't have any aftermarket I've decided to make some improvements from scratch. I've added some detail in the cockpit, especially on the left panel that was a bit empty and I put the two support bars in the windscreen.
I decided to drop the flaperons in order to make it look more interesting. Doing that required adding more detail at the wing root section at the rear with a perforated sheet metal cover.
Other improvements were hollowing the intake vents, replacing the solid navigation lights with clear ones, cutting the tail rudder to displayed it at an angle, making a display base etc.
Hope you guys like it!
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