1/48 Saab J 35 Draken (limited edition)

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1/48 plastic kit from Eduard, to build the Saab J 35 Draken, with decals for the Sweden, Finland, Austria and Denmark Air Forces.

            

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BrandEduard
Reference1135
SortPlastic and resin kit with PE
Scale1:48
Motifinterceptor aircraft
Plastic parts92
Resin parts13
PE partsYes
Masking sheet - die-cut adhesive shapes.Masking sheet - die-cut adhesive shapes.
Sizen/d
DecalsFrance and Israel Air Forces
Historical period1955 - today
AttentionDo not include paint or glue ( sold separately )
ContentInjection molded plastic |PE parts | Resin parts | Decals with authentic markings | Detailed instruction of assembly
Year2016

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The Saab 35 Draken ("kite" or "dragon") was a Swedish fighter aircraft manufactured by Saab between 1955 and 1974. The Draken was built to replace the Saab J 29 Tunnan and, later, the fighter variant (J 32B) of the Saab 32 Lansen. The indigenous J 35 was an effective supersonic Cold War fighter that was also successfully exported to Austria, Denmark, Finland, and to the United States as a test pilot training aircraft.

The Draken was the first fully supersonic aircraft to be deployed in Western Europe.

Although the J 35 Draken was not designed to be a dog-fighter, it proved to have a good quick-turn capability and was a capable fighter plane. It entered service with the Swedish Air Force in 1960. A total of 651 Saab Drakens were manufactured. Sweden's fleet of Drakens came in six different versions, and two other models of the Draken were offered for export. The early models were intended purely for air defense. The last model built was the J 35F, the final version to remain in Swedish service. These aircraft were retired in the 1990s and replaced by the Saab JAS 39 Gripen.

The J 35 Draken design underwent several upgrades. The last was the J 35J version, made in the late 1980's, although by then, the Draken had been almost replaced by the Saab 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force. The J 35J was a service-life extension program because the delivery of the new Saab JAS 39 Gripen was suffering delays. The extension program was intended to keep the Draken flying into the 2000's, but due to cutbacks and high maintenance costs, the Draken was phased out of Swedish service in December 1998, although the aircraft remained in limited numbers in both military and civilian roles. Its export customers included Denmark and Finland. In 1985, the Austrian Air Force purchased 24 J 35Ds reconditioned by Saab, re-designated the J 35Ö.

All Drakens are interceptors with limited air-to-ground capability, with the sole exception of the Danish Drakens, which are strike aircraft capable of carrying AGM-12 Bullpup missiles, electronic countermeasures, and increased internal and external fuel storage. The Danish Drakens are so far the heaviest of the series to have flown. Danish J 35 aircraft were retired in 1993.

Finland updated its 35XS fleet with new avionics, cockpit displays, navigational/attack systems, and electronic countermeasures during the 1990s, but these were finally retired in 2000 to be replaced by F/A-18 Hornets.

Austria was the last country to keep the Draken in military service. The Austrian Air Force bought refurbished J 35Ds. This was the last Austrian Air Force fighter plane with internal cannons for their lone air-to-air armament because of the restriction in the Austrian State Treaty of 1955. This forbade their carrying air-to-air missiles. This restriction was dropped in 1993 because of violations from the nearby Yugoslavian air combat services. American AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles were purchased. These Drakens were retired in 2005, when they were replaced by former Swiss Air Force F-5 Tiger IIs, while waiting for new Eurofighter Typhoons.

In the United States, the National Test Pilot School (NTPS) owns six Drakens that were formerly in Danish service; of these, two TF-35XD s and one RF-35XD are operational, based at the Mojave Spaceport.

1/48 plastic kit from Eduard, to build the Saab J 35 Draken, with decals for the Sweden, Finland, Austria and Denmark Air Forces.

  • plastic parts: Hasegawa
  • No. of decal options: 4
  • Decals: Cartograf
  • Resin parts: Yes
  • PE parts: Yes
  • painting mask: Yes

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1/48 Saab J 35 Draken (limited edition)

1/48 Saab J 35 Draken (limited edition)

1/48 plastic kit from Eduard, to build the Saab J 35 Draken, with decals for the Sweden, Finland, Austria and Denmark Air Forces.

            

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