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1/72 SAAB J/A-21R ‘First Swedish Made Jet’

The SAAB J-21A was developed and manufactured during WW2 powered by a piston DB605 engine. In the post war years however, the type was redesigned further and was fitted with a jet engine, and so the J-21R variety was created to become the very first jet plane of Swedish design. (the first such powered airfame on Swedish skies though was the Vampire Mk.I, 1/72 scale stavebnici SH72339 DH.100 Vampire Mk.I ‘The First Jet Guardians of Neutrality’ is recommended here). The SAAB J-21R was in use as a fighter aeroplane while the ground attack version bore the designation A-21R, these airframes being able to carry unguided missile projectiles or a machine gun pod under the belly.
The model kit consists of three styrene sprues, one with clear parts, etches and resin parts. The decals cater for three Swedish machines.

– Very unique looking machine
– Etches and resin parts contained in the box
– External armament parts already in the box too

1/72 Potez 25A2 ‘Jupiter Version’

The Potez 25 was one of the most widely used aeroplanes of the 1920s and 1930s. The Potez company produced its type 25 not just for the French Air Force and Navy, the biplane was also exported to any countries in Europe, Asia and Americas. In some of these countries the type was also manufactured under licence. The Potez 25 was mainly powered by in-line engines, some versions could also be fitted with a radial, most often of the Jupiter type. And this is also the version portrayed now by our kitset and the marking options cover machines as flown in Estonia, Finland and Yugoslavia.

– Interesting variety of the original Potez 25
– Wheels or skis undercarriage option
– Eye-catching selection of colour schemes

1/48 J-3 ‘Cub Goes to War’

The light and cheap J-3 Cub aeroplanes were behind the development of the civil aviation in the USA in the late 1930s. With the end of the world crisis the interest in aviation increased and the J-3 was an ideal type for the basic training and tourist flying. With WW2 coming, the J-3 came into the sights of the military and the USAAF decided to test the type in the artillery spotting and short range recon roles. Needless to say the J-3 succeeded and the production for the military commenced under the designation L-4 Grasshopper.
The model kit comes on two grey styrene sprues and one with the clear parts. The decal sheet offers markings for three airframes. The yellow one portrays a pre-war machine and is accompanied by two military machines. The first of these was an ex-civilian airplane wearing olive drab coat over the still partially visible yellow overall. The other military-flown machine is in the standard olive drab and neutral grey colours.

– Attractive colour scheme options
– Also available for this model – masks, 3D printed engine, resin wheels
– Truly iconic aeroplane

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