Got to be a brand new kit, the Gripen has only been kitted in 1/72 as a
Basically the same JAS39A kit (different weapons and/or decals) has been
Italeri, Airfix, Revell and Tamiya. There is also an Italeri 1/72 JAS39B
(Please do not bring up the old Revell 1/72 or the Revell/ACE 1/32
Well, I'm certainly excited to see the Gripen. It looks like the 1:48 Hawk
has disappeared though. I guess they either decided not to compete with
Airfix, or were going to release a rebox of the Airfix and decided against
it when they saw how bad it was.
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I find myself thinking, we don't have it so bad... do we? I've got two
Hawks, and they look pretty good in the box. And, yes, I might have to do
some work putting 'em together, but it's not a huge amount.
My main theme is RAF 1937-today, and, I'm pretty well served in 1/48. The
occasional vac-form that I need is by Aeroclub or Dynavector. Most of the
types that I want are available in "there or thereabouts" injection kits
from Airfix/Heller, Italeri, Classic Airframes, Eduard or Sword/MPM. Where
the kits are lacking in detail, there's usually some Airwaves etch, or
Aeroclub white metal (or resin), or Neomega resin to fill the gap.
My NASA aircraft collection has got more kits in it than I can build in this
lifetime, and I've got most mainstream USAF/Navy/Marines post-war planes in
one 1/72 or 1/48 form or another. I've got a B-1 in 1/48, a B-52 and X-15 in
1/72, a DC-130 drone controller Hercules in 1/48, a Type VIIC U-Boat in 1/72
and a Saturn V in 1/96...
Not all kits are perfect. "Some assembly required" may have to appear by
law. But on the whole, _I_ can't complain. Someone has made kits of most of
the things I want to build, and they're mostly OK kits...
I'm not sure what it could have won an award for, apart from 'Most
Anticipated Model' or 'Most Disappointing'. The plastic is thick and the
detail is soft ... it's general quality is on par with a limited-run
injection kit. The kit really said to me "We don't need to do a good job
here, we can slap 'Red Arrows' on the box and sell a shedload of them."
On the upside, it's accurate, and if you're willing to invest in a resin
cockit and resin wheel wells ... possibly a vacform canopy when one arrives
... and sand down the pebble-effect plastic, it doesn't build into a bad
I showed someone one of my Airfix Hawks the other ay, SFTB and sprayed in
grey primer - I told them it was test shots of the Italeri 1/48 Hawk.
"Oh yes" they said "that's much better than the Airfix kit".
IRRC, the Airfix Tucano received scant notice from the model magazines
when it was released in 1990 - the first new Airfix kit since their
"demise" in the mid 80s and revival by Humbrol, a kit of a frontline RAF
aircraft and beautifully done as well.
It barely got a mention anywhere.