In-Box Review
Viggen Engine & Tail Section
Resin & PE Parts Designed For The Airfix / ESCI Kits
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by: Tim Hatton [ LITESPEED ]


The only 1/48 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. This new release focuses on the tail end of the Viggen.


The resin parts are doubled bagged for protection and the photo etched fret is wrapped separately.
-1 x resin tail section.
-1 x resin reverse flap
-1 x resin jet pipe.
-1 x resin rear engine section.
-2 x photo etched afterburner fuel matrix.
-1 x A4 sheet of instructions.

Resin and PE parts The one piece resin jet pipe of the Volvo RM8 low-bypass afterburning turbofan jet engine and the separate resin part representing the low pressure fan and spool look very good indeed. The afterburner fuel matrix is made up from two photo etched parts. The jet pipe has some interesting surface detail and at the end of the pipe the lip is commendably thin. The jet pipe is attached to it's casting block via four small and thin sections and will be a simple matter to detach. The detail of the rear of the engine is nicely done and the inclusion of the photo etched fuel matrix by Eduard will certainly make the area busy. To fit the jet pipe into the kit requires a large area underneath the rear fuselage to be cut away. Once the pipe is fitted, the cut away plastic is glued back in position.
The one piece resin tail cone has some excellent detail inside including two of the reverse thrust petals. They are both cast in a neutral position. The attention to detail is very good, I do like the ribbing detail in the small section of air frame above the rear of the jet pipe. The tail cone is cast onto a block, the three attachment point are very thin and should present no problems removing it. To fit the tail cone requires the removal of the kits tail cone, guidance is provided in the instructions. There is some very thin resin flash in the gaps where the reverse thrust gases exit that need removing.
The resin reverse thrust petal situated on the upper part of the jet pipe is separate. It can be positioned in the neutral/retracted position or you can display it in the dropped position. The upper reverse thrust petal did eventually drop after the power was turned off. This drop could take hours or up to a full day depending how well the hydraulics were maintained. So if you want to see all that lovely detail down the jet pipe, glue the petal in the retracted position. The petal itself is nicely detailed and is cast onto a small resin block via three short stubs and should present no problems separating it.
The quality of all the castings is first rate, I could not see any air bubbles at all.
Instructions guide you through the modification process through photo images of the kit and resin parts as well as a very good written description in English. There is also a good safety guide to using resin parts safely. There is no painting guides for the various parts, but there are plenty of online Viggen walkarounds you can reference for colours.

There are some fine resin casting with this set and along with the photo etched pieces will certainly improve the look of the rear end of the Airfix/Esci kit. Although there is a fair amount of surgery required to the kit, hopefully this set will improve the look of the finished kit. Much to my regret I don't have either kits to make a comparison with the resin parts.
Nice one Maestro Models.
Highs: Great looking castings, the photo etched parts are very well done. Very clear and concise instructions.
Lows: No colour details.
Verdict: Definitely worth acquiring if you have either kits. Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: KY836
  Suggested Retail: 21.20
  PUBLISHED: Apr 24, 2012

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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? Gary
APR 24, 2012 - 08:18 AM
As a matter of fact, there is!!! The new Swedish kit maker Tarangus has announced that the JA37 Viggen vill be their next subject! LINK Cheers / PolarBear
APR 24, 2012 - 09:10 AM
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...) Later
APR 26, 2012 - 08:47 AM
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
APR 26, 2012 - 12:54 PM

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