In the early years of the Swedish Air Force, the airplanes used were either purchased abroad or license built types. However, with the founding of the Svenska Aeroplans Aktie Bolaget (SAAB) all this would change. The first type that Saab designed and built was initially an ASJA (Saab’s predecessor) project called the L-10 as a reconnaissance aircraft. When ASJA was merged with Saab, the airplane was named Saab 17. The plane was now also intended as a dive bomber. As the European continent was thrown into war, the lack of engines forced three different versions of the Saab 17 to be developed; the 17A with Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp, the 17B with Bristol Mercury XXIV and the 17C with Piaggio P. XIbis R.C.40D. The first prototype flew on May 18 1940 and two years later deliveries commenced. In the Swedish Air Force it served with the following wings; as a bomber with F4 at Frösön, F6 at Karlsborg, F7 at Såtenäs and F12 at Kalmar. The reconnaissance version served with F3 in Linköping and a special version with floats, called the S 17BS, served with F2 in Hägernäs. As the jet age was approaching, the plane was phased out already in 1948. However, it continued to serve as a target tug with several private contractors, among them Svensk Flygtjänst, for another couple of decades.
The Saab 17 was also used by the Ethiopia, Finland and Austria. In Ethiopia, it served until 1968. During the last year of the second world war, a Danish brigade was trained on the Saab 17, but when the war ended these planes weren’t of interest to Denmark. Including two prototypes, 325 aircraft were built.
Today, there is only one flying Saab 17, which is operated by the Swedish air force historic flight. It was restored to flying condition by former Saab employees to celebrate Saab’s 60th birthday in 1997.
This historic aircraft, for the Swedish aviation industry and Swedish air force, is for the first time available as a model kit in 1/48 scale. This is a short run kit, with the same high quality which has become a Tarangus feature. Enjoy your build!
The hardest version of the Viggen to replace was definetely the photo reconnaissance version, which for decades was one of the best reconnaissance platforms in the world. Some say it’s also the best looking Viggen version. Finally, it’s available in a very limited edition from Tarangus! TEST BY SURFTOWN
In the twilight of the Viggen’s career, the Swedish Air Force modified and re-painted a number of SF 37 Viggens for the Rapid Reaction Force. Although never put into action, these classic aircraft made an impact on the world and once retired, quite a few found their way to museums worldwide.
Tarangus has just released a limited special edition of this brutal classic of an aircraft, only 500 models will be made. So hurry up to get yours before they sell out!
The decal sheet includes markings for one gray aircraft and two splinter camo aircraft.
Tarangus and Special Hobby are proud to announce a new Viggen in 1/72 scale
For more than 50 years, the Saab 37 Viggen has graced the European skies. Today, it continues to fly with the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight. However, there hasn’t been a new kit in 1/72 scale of this wonderful aircraft for over 40 years. That is about to change!
Tarangus and Special Hobby jointly released a new Viggen kit in 1/48 scale a few years ago. A kit that won “Model of the year” from the German magazine model fan and has been praised by builders around the globe. Now, that kit has been scaled down to 1/72. You will recognise all the crisp and wonderful detail from the larger kit, that’s not all.. An extra level of detail has been added, with for instance separate flaps for the canards, different canards for the attack and fighter versions and a first for a Viggen in any scale, a RAM air turbine!
The kit will hit the hobby store shelves in the first half of 2018!
Boxart by Peter van Stigt.
When we had already launched and started distributing our latest model,
we were advised by modellers that an important part was missing.
It is the camera sight on the right side of the photo nose equipped
version SF 37 Viggen that was not in the box. It had been forgotten by
the CAD people who made the master – and not noted by us.
Today we have sent a resin part with instruction to our retailers.
To get this part, please contact the shop you purchased your model kit from.
Sorry for your trouble
Tha Tarangus staff
We’re now delivering the new recce Viggen in 1/48! The kit comes with an all new recce nose for the SF 37 and resin parts for the lower pylon and air intake. From the kit you can build both the photo recce version SF 37 and the maritime recce version SH 37.
This is a very limited edition, so hurry up and get yours before it’s too late! You can buy it from your local retailer or from our webshop!
On February 8, 1967, the might Saab Viggen took to the skies for the first time, piloted by Erik Dahlström! It’s almost hard to believe that this beautiful aircraft has now turned half-century.
The initial AJ 37 (attack version) was followed by reconnaissance versions (SH for maritime surveillance and SF for photo reconnaissance), a trainer (Sk 37) and the ultimate Viggen, the JA 37 fighter, which had an even more powerful engine and a fixed 30 mm Oerlikon gun installed.
Tarangus will celebrate 2017 as the year of the Viggen! Keep a look here on our website and on our Facebook page for more information!
In the meantime, upload images of your built Tarangus Viggens to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/tarangus!
Finally the kit is on its way to our warehouse and deliveries will begin in the coming week!
The Bulldog has never before been done in injection moulds in 1/48 scale before and thus this beautiful little kit is a welcome addition to our product range! Make sure to collect your kit from your local hobby dealer!
In July, Tarangus will start delivering the new 1/48 kit of the Scottish Aviation Bulldog. However, this time the modeller can choose from two boxings, one for RAF and international aircraft and one for Swedish airforce and army aircraft.