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SAAB JAS-39c Gripen
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: February 04, 2008
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Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 05:35 AM UTC
Darren Baker takes a look at the SAAB JAS-39c Gripen in 1/72nd scale and released by Revell of Germany.

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Sofiya, Bulgaria
Joined: November 08, 2011
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Posted: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - 03:50 PM UTC
From what i see in the pictures above I really can't percieve this kit as a vast improvement over Italeri.
First of all the Revell's relentless urge to use white plstic really takes me back to the times of soviet 1/72 kits. Thick plastic, thick attachment points, almost invisible panel lines... And we are 2015, not 1988.
Next stop - missiles. Nothing but sticks with fins. Wheels - three attachment points for 1/72 main wheel?!? Again, I think that in the era of slide moulding there are better solutions for suck parts.
The last think that put me off this kit - soft surface details, deprived of any rivets (and they are there on the real thing); well, yes, I know we can add them ourselves, but again - 2015.
I really do not understand what happened here, as Revell has many beautiful kits in 1/72 - the Tornado and F-4 to name a few. The are not perfect, but still they have mainstream look and feel than this one. And they date back to the end of the 20th Century (to add some dramatic effect), so why is that little Grippen far from the ancestors?
Just to make one thing clear - the comments above are based soley on the photos in this review. I really want to thank the reviewer for taking his time to examine the kit and to write this article. I seriously doubt that I'll reach for the kit in my LHS upon it's arrival even to take a closer look. For me it is and will be a missed opportunity by Revell.