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Saab J 21A (Pilot Replicas)
Västra Götaland, Sweden
Joined: February 23, 2005
KitMaker: 820 posts
AeroScale: 629 posts
Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2016 - 07:28 PM UTC
Back to the hobby after many years hiatus! And such a glorious time to return for someone who loves Swedish aircraft, with an ever increasing number of excellent models being released in both 1/72 and 1/48. In my view, the releases from Pilot Replicas are top of the line (albeit there are issues). First one on the work bench is the Saab J-21A in 1/48. I decided to go OOB and to keep the level of ambition low to moderate, as I would rather get the model finished than get stuck in detailing the innermost nooks of the glove compartment. I further decided to make a bird from the wing in Gothenburg (where I now reside).

I started of with the pilot (sold seperately). Very nice moulding, and perfect fit for the cockpit. Not used to painting figures, but this was fun! I named him Glenn, which is the most common name in Gothenburg.

The cockpit had sufficient detail straight out of the box. The fit of the parts where excellent (almost too tight at times). Surface detail is perfect. The kit, however, lacks certain detail so there is room for some aftermarket or scratch is one wish to put more detail into it.

Weathering was very subtle on the top of the aircraft (panel lines can hardly be seen on pictures of the real thing), but I added a little oil wash on the belly.

I must admit that I am rather happy with the end result. It was loads of fun to build and it truly looks like a J 21. The model can be built straight from the box with sufficient result, but with extra work and detailing, it may become a real gem. Nice work, Pilot Replicas!

And this is how it might have looked when exiting the Swedish Air Force bunker (built inside the rock) in Gothenburg in the early 1950's (sorry for the poor photoshoping - my first try!).

Next up: The Pilot Replicas Saab J-29F "Tunnan"...

Cheers! // PolarBear
Staff MemberAssociate Editor
Victoria, Australia
Joined: June 09, 2009
KitMaker: 8,155 posts
AeroScale: 3,755 posts
Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2016 - 07:59 PM UTC
Lovely build Bjorn. The J21 is a really nice looking aircraft, with such a unique configuration.

Cheers, D
Staff MemberNews Reporter
England - North West, United Kingdom
Joined: October 15, 2009
KitMaker: 1,972 posts
AeroScale: 1,785 posts
Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2016 - 08:02 PM UTC
Welcome back Bjorn and a lovely build of the Saab J 21A by Pilot Replicas. Yes it's a good time to be a modeller of Swedish types. Which is great as Saab are one of the last independent aviation companies.
All the best
Limburg, Netherlands
Joined: January 31, 2009
KitMaker: 229 posts
AeroScale: 104 posts
Posted: Monday, May 02, 2016 - 12:17 AM UTC
Very nice build!

Every time I see this plane I wonder whom copied from whom...it seriously looks a lot like a Fokker D.23

Staff MemberAssociate Editor
New York, United States
Joined: December 04, 2010
KitMaker: 11,666 posts
AeroScale: 7,410 posts
Posted: Monday, May 02, 2016 - 11:38 PM UTC
Welcome back to the hobby, and to Aeroscale, our modeling home away from home.

Your Saab J-21A certainly is quite a unique build, as I don't recall the last time if ever, I saw one here. Your finished display replica certain built and finished to very high standards.

Staff MemberSenior Editor
United Kingdom
Joined: June 11, 2003
KitMaker: 17,578 posts
AeroScale: 12,791 posts
Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 - 01:55 AM UTC
Hi Björn

It's great to see you back! I hope all's well.

Lovely build! This is a kit that's been "on the tip of my wallet" for a while.

All the best

New Jersey, United States
Joined: January 20, 2013
KitMaker: 1,459 posts
AeroScale: 1,442 posts
Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 - 07:44 AM UTC
A lovely build indeed. That was quite a climb into the cockpit, wasn't it?
Västra Götaland, Sweden
Joined: February 19, 2010
KitMaker: 1,473 posts
AeroScale: 1,450 posts
Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 - 11:58 AM UTC
Nice one Björn – I especially like it's from Gothenburg

European Union
Joined: August 09, 2009
KitMaker: 1,729 posts
AeroScale: 1,336 posts
Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 11:32 PM UTC
Ever since I've seen one original of these twin boom pushers in Linköbing I wanted to have one as a quarterscale model. Sometimes wishes come true. I'll have to asked my LHS if he can order it for me. Is Pilot Replicas a swedish company?
Your J 21 looks fantastic, Björn! Especially I appreciate that your weathering is not overdone ....