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1/48 Viggen Engine & Tail Section
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England - North West, United Kingdom
Joined: October 15, 2009
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 07:12 AM UTC
The only 1/48 scale Saab Viggen is produced by ESCI and Airfix. It''s not without some accuracy issues, so Maestro Models have been on a mission to produce improvement parts for the kit, which shares the same mould. This new release focuses on the tail end of the Viggen.

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England - East Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: November 06, 2005
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 08:18 AM UTC
Undoubtably nice details and casting quality but given it's intended for the ESCI/Airfix rebox 1/48 kit, £20.00 is a lot of money to pay for trying to "polish a t**d " of a kit.

What is really needed is a completely new tool 1/48 Viggen kit.

Trumpeter? Hasegawa? ....any takers?

Västra Götaland, Sweden
Joined: February 23, 2005
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 09:10 AM UTC

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What is really needed is a completely new tool 1/48 Viggen kit.

Trumpeter? Hasegawa? ....any takers?

As a matter of fact, there is!!! The new Swedish kit maker Tarangus has announced that the JA37 Viggen vill be their next subject!


Cheers / PolarBear
New Hampshire, United States
Joined: November 09, 2008
KitMaker: 615 posts
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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 08:47 AM UTC
okay, I'm just weighing in on this one because this touches on something that really urks the living h**l out of me.

We have a brand new model company starting up with a really interesting subject, one that I would be very interested in doing. This is great! New company to help keep the hobby strong, great subject to attract a lot of buyers, which in turn help keep the company going so they can produce more kits, and so on and so on....

Now comes the problem. Tarangus calls their new Sa A37A Lansen a "limited run" kit. How "limited" I don't know, they haven't said at their website (which is excellent by the way).
So far the only place I found the kit is Sprue Bros. with a sale price of $97.99, retail $115.00. In today's economy this is an outrageous price. From what I have learned about economics and from reading Tom Cleaver's article on Modeling Madness, the price of a kit is directly proportional to the amount of kits produced. For example, a kit that has, say 5,000 units made has to sell for x amount to cover design and production costs + profit to keep the company solvent, however, if 10,000 units are popped then, theoretically, each kit should sell for half of x.
So here is the thing, not only can I not afford to buy a Lansen, I wouldn't even want to at $100.00. Especially for a small 1/48 2 seat aircraft that only has 80 parts. The other thing is at $100.00 per unit, Sprue Bros will 11 of it's 12 current units in stock 4 months from now. Good bye Tarangus, we hardly knew ye. And that is the saddest part. This company had a good idea, but they short runned and over priced themselves right out of business ( I hope I am wrong but...)
Florida, United States
Joined: January 14, 2009
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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:54 PM UTC
Good looking aircraft but I'm with B over priced I will wait and one day nab one for cheaper if not oh we'll I will super detail one of the other ones