More and more of our reviewers are completing their reviews of the new Tunnan kit in 1/72 scale. The reception has been very good! Please click the links for reviews from The Modelling News, Fine Scale Modeller, Scale Model News, Aeroscale and Letletlet Warplanes.
Oh, and please send us pictures of your own build, we’ll be more than happy to post them here on the website!
Below you can find a gallery of images of all the contents in the new kit of Saab J 29A/B Tunnan in 1/72 scale. I think that you can understand why the initial reviews have been very positive!
All photos by Lars Befring.
We have just sent out e-mails to our retailers worldwide that we will start delivering our newest kit, the Saab J 29A/B Tunnan, now! Please check with your local hobby shop to secure your kit!
The delivery of the Tarangus J 29A/B Tunnan is getting closer! Now we can show you the boxart!
Markings will include aircraft from the Swedish Air Force as well as the United Nations.
The boxart is made by Tor Karlsson.
Martin Anderberg sent us some lovely images of his finished Tarangus A 32A Lansen! He added a lot of scratchbuilt details as well. He chose to finish the kit in the livery in which it was delivered to the first wing to receive the Lansen, F17 in Kallinge. The jets wore a natural metal finish with painted wing tips and fin. The colour of the fin and wing tips have been a matter for debate, but Martin chose a blue colour after lengthy studies of his reference material.
After finishing this project, Martin will now build an S 32C Lansen, using the Maestro Models conversion set.
We at Tarangus are very grateful for the feedback and can only say “WOW!!” Thank you Martin for the images!
Please note that all photos are copyright of Martin Anderberg.
Tarangus has released two versions of the Lansen, the attacker and the figher versions. The recce version, the S 32C Lansen, has been missing until now. Maestro Models has just released a conversion set which allows modellers to turn the Tarangus A 32A Lansen into the S 32C. You can find this conversion set at the same retailers that carry Tarangus kits.
More info can be found on the Maestro Models website.
Regarding the Viggen project we have an update, which is both bad news and good news. The bad news is that it will be delayed until this summer. The good news is WHY!
As the CAD model looked so good, we have decided to abandon the short run technologies that were used for the Lansen and instead aim for the best possible mould we can get – ie a metal mould! This unfortunately delays the release by a few months but ensures that the mighty Viggen is finally represented by a top quality plastic model kit!
The Tarangus 1/48 JA 37 Viggen – Worth waiting for!
The J 29 Tunnan was the first European fighter which could match the F-86 Sabre and Mig-15 for performance. The bulky Ghost engine gave the airplane its round shape, which earned it the nickname “Flygande Tunnan” (“The Flying Barrel” in English). It first flew in 1948, piloted by Bob Moore, a former RAF pilot, who after the first flight said “On the ground an ugly duckling but in the air a swift!” The Tunnan stayed in service until the early 1970′s. The last years it served as a target tug. It was also exported to Austria.
The aircraft that our first attempt in the 72-scale represents is an aircraft of the first two variants. The J 29A and J 29B only differed in internal fuel volume, had a non-afterburning engine and a wing that lacked the saw tooth of the later versions. The J 29B also served as part of the Swedish Air Force unit that was sent to Congo in the 1960s.
The Tunnan is expected to be released during early summer. More information on this kit to come!
If you’re active on Facebook, there are quite a few groups dedicated to different airplanes. However, the two groups that are of most interest to us at Tarangus are of course the groups about the Lansen and the Viggen. Here you can find pictures but also a lot of talk about our favourite aircraft! Most of it is in Swedish, but take it as a chance to learn a new language..
(Photo copyright Anders Nylén)
This the stunning boxart for the upcoming kit of the JA37 Viggen in 1/48 scale. Boxart is painted by Tor Karlsson.