1/48 Tarangus Saab JA-37 Viggen
I started this kit in 2016 (and only finished it a week before publishing this article) when I came back to modeling after a 2 year hiatus (due to personal issues.) The kit itself is a short run kit that isn't the easiest to build or paint.
I am mostly disappointed in the model maker (me) not the kit as it has been screw up after screw up. At this point I'm just happy I didn't heave it into a wall in a fit of frustration and rage. Nothing really went right for me. I had a hard time dealing with the Maestro PE cockpit set (especially the IP!) The intakes were another matter (solved with getting a resin intake set.) The resin engine louvers were a pain to just get right. The white metal landing gear which I tried to solder together didn't go well. And the c**p cherry on top of this turd Sundae was that I installed the nose wheel well backwards six years earlier (which I found out after painting and I attempted to install the carefully assembled nose wheel.)
Every time I started working on it, something went sideways (literally in a couple of cases.) The paint job is about the only thing that worked out. I do recommend getting the masking set if you are doing this camo scheme or you will find yourself in the depths of insanity.
I ended up using a stand (which someone told me later, the rubber knobs at the end will eat into the acrylic paint.) I don't mind because it would be the least annoying thing that I've done with this kit.
For the interior I used the kit ejection seat (which didn't fit well either!) and a Tamiya 1/48 pilot from the F-4B kit because a plane would look funny flying without any crew.
Sometimes, you make the model or the model makes you. Through no fault of its own, the model made me. Again, I am happy that I finished it rather than smashing/binning it. The only reason this is an article is for catharsis.
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