I’ll try to build the photo recon jet fighter version of Hasegawa’s Draken. It is a decal change of normal Draken kit 1/48.
There was no difficult point to assemble. Parts matching was good. I hesitate to build this large size plane, but I think there is no problem for beginner modelers.
The instrument panel decal is attached, it gives a sense of precision easily.
I did not understand the mechanism of the seat belt very well, but I just attached a string-shaped parts.
Almost all parts are silver painted, so I put together the parts as much as possible. Paint the fuel tank and the jet engine nozzle separately.
If you want to use transparent parts, the wing end light will be cut off from the main wing.
I think the joints are smooth. I painted the adhesive surface so the line will not disappear no matter how much I grind it.
It is a reconnaissance aircraft, there are many windows for the lenses on the sides and under the fuselage. Masked with a masking sol at 7 places in all.
Mr. Color Super Metallic required the black undercoat. So I painted this Draken in gloss black overall.
Natural metal version of Draken was completed. It is a reconnaissance plane of the Swedish Air Force. It is a characteristic airframe of double delta wing, and the maximum speed comes up to Mach 2.0. Deployment to the Swedish Air Force began in 1959.
It was operated in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria, and the total production was about 600 aircraft. By the way, a beautiful painted version of the Austrian Air Force was released from Hasegawa.
Initially, it was a daytime aircraft, but it became an all-weather attacking aircraft with a radar guided missile.
This time, since it is metallic paint, I think whether weight feeling will increase if I add shade leaving some black undercoat. It’s a personal preference, I personally liked the delicate gradation with black, so I’ll try this method several times in the future when I build metallic fuselages.
Mr. Color Super Metallic is very good, but there was a part which was ruining the precious coloration when clear coating was done. It may be too much at once blowing. But I want to protect the decals so I have blown it little by little. If you spray an aqueous clear coating, it may not be such a concern. Since there was a rough surface treatment at the previous Mig 15, I made it for the challenge once again. Next time I’ll confirm the clear coating condition using aqueous paint.
There was a small retractable tail wheel behind. Perhaps it’s not to scrape the Draken’s tail in the case of a nose angle at takeoff and landing is pretty sharp.
The work of the cockpit and canopy is quite a matter of concern. It is similar to the AFV modelling point of attentions that the natural saggy in the weight of caterpillar and each texture of the caterpillar tracks. The assembly of the caterpillar is fairly early in the stage, but the cockpit finish up cannot be seen the result unless it is in the final stage, I am sorry because my success rate is low. Recently the canopy is finished relatively well compared to the plastic models that I made a long time ago.
In the painting instructions, the air intake was flat black on the front, striped dark iron and burnt iron, behind that is a normal silver, painting was difficult. It worked quite well.
It is a reconnaissance aircraft and not armed, only pylons are attached. There are two fuel tanks, it seems possible to do a reconnaissance mission of considerable long distance.
Marking of Draken, Swedish Air Force, F11(11-02), 1965.
Although I removed the stain this time, it seems that the problem of white spot of Marksetter has been since long time ago. It is hard to remove after completely dry with a cotton swab moistened with water. Put it carefully and I have to wipe away wasted parts immediately. Decals are difficult. I was afraid of getting dirty like the last time, the cutting decals on the panel line is only top of the main wing. It is best to keep it untouched.
There are round windows for many cameras at the center of the nose and aircraft main wing under the surface.
The wing tip lights were painted in clear red and clear blue on the transparent parts, it feels quite good.
Pitot tube at the tip of the nose was painted separately. Although it had a decal, it is not quite rounded, and even if you roll it with Mark Softer, the boundary will be off and it is impossible to affix absolutely. Painting is easier.
I think that Draken is best looking at a characteristic air-frame from this angle.
I think there are many people who like Swedish armor and aircraft which have many characteristic features. By the way, the three crowns of nationality marks are represented Swedish national emblem, called Tre Kronor.