JAS 39 Gripen Twin Seater
Italeri, 1/48 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No. 2664 - JAS
39 Gripen Twin Seater
parts in grey plastic; 9 clear plastic parts; markings for
will be available online from Hannants website
attractive subject; only kit available in this scale; high
quality moulding and recessed surface detail; accurate in
outline and profile; includes ordnance; good selection of
||Some simplified detail
(cockpit and exhaust nozzle); a few sink marks; some tweaks
required for total accuracy.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Italeri's 1/48 scale P-40M/N will
be available online from Squadron.com
Model Alliance's 1/48 scale decal sheet, UKAir Arm Update 2005-2006 -
Part III, arrived for review last year, one aircraft struck me as
the highlight. It was a two-seater JAS 39B two-seater Gripen on loan
to the RAF's QinetiQ / ETPS at Boscombe Down during 2006. The aircraft
still wore its full Swedish markings, but also sported a striking blue
fuselage spine and fin with gold ETPS lettering.
My first thought was to find out how I could build a JAS
39B in 1/48 scale. Much to my disappointment, there was no option
Italeri has just released the two-seater version of the
JAS 39 Gripen. This is the combat capable trainer version which has a
rear seat added and the fuselage mounted cannon deleted.
Italeri's JAS 39B Gripen comprises around 114 parts
in medium grey styrene and nine parts in clear. Panel lines are crisply
recessed, complimented by raised panels and vents as appropriate here and there.
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Supplied stores include eight missiles and a streamlined centreline
The canopy and the rear-fuselage speed brakes may be
posed open if desired.
Detail is generally good on the aircraft exterior. The
wheel wells are very nicely done. However, some details are understated.
This is especially the case in the cockpit, where instrument panels and
side consoles comprise solely of decals (although the decals do look
quite good, the two-dimensional aspect will be fairly obvious in this
scale). The exhaust nozzle is also quite basic.
Please note that Aires has already released resin
replacement nozzles - both open and closed - and Eduard offers several
colour photo-etched sets to address the sparse cockpit of the single
seat version. I assume that we will see a counterpart for the two-seater
The overall shape and contours are accurate, but there
are a few improvements that the dedicated aficionado can make if they
wish. These include a small step in front of the windscreen which should
be filled, and missing flaps and exhaust for the APU (a simple scribing
job). For modellers planning to make these modifications,
Robert Westerberg's article on the single-seater Gripen on HyperScale by
following this link.
The clear parts include a separate main canopy section. This hinges to
the side when open..
Kit engineering is quite conventional. Control surfaces are all moulded
in the neutral position, so construction should be quite
The Gripen is currently operated by Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary
and South Africa. Italeri supplies marking options for all four of these
operators (but I will be using my Model Alliance decals!).
The kit decals are produced by Cartograf. They are in crisply printed in
perfect register with a satin finish.
Italeri's new 1/48 scale JAS 39B two-seater Gripen is a simple,
cleanly moulded replica of this new European fighter which should be
welcomed by modern aircraft modellers.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.
Review Text and
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 12 April, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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