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  • Originally posted by Pogo View Post
    For those who may not be aware, the Gripen is on Canada's "short list"- along with the SuperHornet and F-35- to replace our aging fleet of legacy Hornets. A stop-gap measure of purchasing aging Australian Hornets was/is...never mind, I shouldn't get started.
    Anyway, I'm pretending we at some point get Gripens and the boys from the 425th at Bagotville do one up in a demo scheme, as they do each year. There's a bit left to do- panel lines, a clear satin coat to tone down the glossy red paint and decals, some aircraft numbers, but it's basically there, such that it is. I hope too that the scheme helps with orientation- my eyes aren't getting any better.
    The pilot figure (from my A-10) is just plonked in there to try the "office" out for size and reports it large enough to accommodate all but his lower legs so an almost full cockpit is next.
    Tom
    After decades of debate; procurement studies and assessments wasting our dollars from one cabinet to the next. The Feds in Canada need to put the lost "menusha" behind them. Donald was right. We need something new! The Gripen would be the ticket. Same thing with our helicopters; submarines and all the other stuff that's as old as I am...

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    • When the pandemic is over, we'll all be in so much debt, the Canadian air force will be flying Cessna 182's with rocket pods and the navy will be be using row boats for years.

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      • Originally posted by Pogo View Post
        For those who may not be aware, the Gripen is on Canada's "short list"- along with the SuperHornet and F-35- to replace our aging fleet of legacy Hornets. A stop-gap measure of purchasing aging Australian Hornets was/is...never mind, I shouldn't get started.
        Anyway, I'm pretending we at some point get Gripens and the boys from the 425th at Bagotville do one up in a demo scheme, as they do each year. There's a bit left to do- panel lines, a clear satin coat to tone down the glossy red paint and decals, some aircraft numbers, but it's basically there, such that it is. I hope too that the scheme helps with orientation- my eyes aren't getting any better.
        The pilot figure (from my A-10) is just plonked in there to try the "office" out for size and reports it large enough to accommodate all but his lower legs so an almost full cockpit is next.
        Tom
        This version is really nice and original. Really nice.

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        • The viking jet is at it again!


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          • The low level aerobatics, high speed passes, and high angle banking are the best. Just to get that visual cue, it probably adds to the feel of the inputs?

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            • Here is my completed Gripen! I went for a winter camo scheme taken from Gripen 6002, and added the Ghost symbols used by the No.1 squadron which had been based in Angelholm, in hangers now occupied by the car manufacturer Koenigsegg.
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              • Nice. Have you flown it?

                I really dislike the look of the TVs nozzle.

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                • Haven't flown mine with the TV yet. I like your nozzle, but I personally don't hate mine that much. If we were going for perfectly scale, we wouldn't put a 2 axis thrust vectoring system on a Gripen in the first place...

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                  • True. Not much scale about mine anyway. I just didn't like the look of the foam nozzle.

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                    • Originally posted by KevinMar View Post
                      Here is my completed Gripen! I went for a winter camo scheme taken from Gripen 6002, and added the Ghost symbols used by the No.1 squadron which had been based in Angelholm, in hangers now occupied by the car manufacturer Koenigsegg.
                      I like that scheme a lot and you've rendered it beautifully! I considered it too but the black bits scared me off due to the popcorning. Where are you at- does it get hot?
                      Tom

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                      • Originally posted by Miroslav Cerny View Post

                        This version is really nice and original. Really nice.
                        Thanks for the kind words Miroslav.
                        Tom

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                        • Originally posted by Pogo View Post

                          I considered it too but the black bits scared me off due to the popcorning. Where are you at- does it get hot?
                          Tom
                          Ha! I live in Southern California and fly at a field where it regularly gets above 100F or 37C in the summers 🤪

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                          • Originally posted by Pogo View Post

                            I like that scheme a lot and you've rendered it beautifully! I considered it too but the black bits scared me off due to the popcorning. Where are you at- does it get hot?
                            Tom
                            The actual color isn't black, it's a more of a dark blue-grey. I used Vallejo 71.304 recently and that's a close match.

                            Probably not much better than black, but hoping the 71.304 doesn't popcorn in the FL summers also.

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                            • Originally posted by Mizer67 View Post

                              The actual color isn't black, it's a more of a dark blue-grey. I used Vallejo 71.304 recently and that's a close match.

                              Probably not much better than black, but hoping the 71.304 doesn't popcorn in the FL summers also.
                              Yeah I combed the internet for different pictures of 6002 and it's a dark blueish grey. It changes a lot depending on the light and maybe repaints. It looks a lot like Vallejo 71.304 in some pics, but much darker in ones like this
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                              • Originally posted by KevinMar View Post

                                Ha! I live in Southern California and fly at a field where it regularly gets above 100F or 37C in the summers 🤪
                                We get there sometimes too (feels like because of the humidity)- but yours is a dry heat, lol
                                Tom

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                                • Originally posted by KevinMar View Post

                                  Yeah I combed the internet for different pictures of 6002 and it's a dark blueish grey. It changes a lot depending on the light and maybe repaints. It looks a lot like Vallejo 71.304 in some pics, but much darker in ones like this
                                  Yes, the lighting makes a huge difference. Such a great looking scheme though, whatever the lighting.
                                  Tom

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                                  • Originally posted by KevinMar View Post

                                    Yeah I combed the internet for different pictures of 6002 and it's a dark blueish grey. It changes a lot depending on the light and maybe repaints. It looks a lot like Vallejo 71.304 in some pics, but much darker in ones like this
                                    Agree. Lighting makes it challenging to get a match. I considered Vallejo 71.308 as well. Seemed a little too "purple" to me.

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                                    • Originally posted by xviper View Post
                                      ...will be flying Cessna 182's with rocket pods...
                                      -Rocket pods!?! You will be lucky! We will be so poor that the air force will use drones, and not the fancy 5" type, nooo, it will be tiny whoops with little rocks on kamikaze-missions for us.

                                      With a reference to Monty Python

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                                      • Originally posted by SanExup View Post
                                        The low level aerobatics, high speed passes, and high angle banking are the best. Just to get that visual cue, it probably adds to the feel of the inputs?
                                        Thanks!
                                        But what do you mean exactly by 'adding to the feel of the inputs'?
                                        You mean as in the smoke helping to control better the jet?
                                        To some degree, yes... you have more of a 'visual' idea in terms of angle of attack, efficiency of flying and how 'abrupt' the maneuvers or changes in trajectory are, and certainly can use that to fly more smoothly. :)

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                                        • Airguardian What I mean is like any man and machine interface, for lack of better terminology, the mind meld with the plane. And yes, maybe some level of feedback in the vortices displayed in the smoke. Maybe?

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