Review – Saab A32A Lansen – Tarangus – 1/48
Many modelers talking about the necessity of new releases, but not something
new from anything that exists, like Bf-109’s that we have many of him and more
and more releases are announced. When we talk about something really new, we
are talking about new models, from machines still not covered for the market.
In this case a new Brand of models from Sweden, The Tarangus Models starts
ahead. In January, 2012 the Swedish brand releases a completely new kit from a
never produced aircraft in 1/48, the Swedish Air Force Saab A32A Lansen, an
multimedia model with resin parts and nice markings include.
The Saab Company was approached in 1948 to develop a
turbojet-powered strike aircraft to replace a series of 1940s vintage attack,
reconnaissance and night-fighter aircraft in the Flygvapnet: the Saab B 18/S 18,
J 21R/A 21R and J 30 (de Havilland Mosquito). The design was initially
designated the P1150.
Swedish Air Force requirements for the P1150 were
demanding: the aircraft had to be able to attack anywhere along Sweden’s 1,245
miles (2000 km) of coastline within one hour of launch from a central location.
It had to be capable of being launched in any weather, day or night. Special
attention was to be paid to integrating the electronics and weapons systems to
create the equivalent of today’s weapons systems approach to combat aircraft
design. The aircraft was to be armed with four 20 mm cannons, rockets, bombs
and/or a new anti-ship missile being developed, the Rb 04.
The design team created a sleek airframe with clean lines
powered by a license-built Rolls-Royce Avon Series 100. Uniquely, the design of
the swept wings was the result of an early application of computer technology.
To test the 35° sweepback design, a half-scale wing was mounted on a Saab Safir,
the Saab 202 Safir. The design initially featured both Fowler flaps and a
leading edge slot. The slot was discarded as unnecessary after trials with the
prototypes and never appeared on a production aircraft. A small batch of P1150
prototypes completed design and evaluation trials with series production of the
newly renamed Saab J 32 Lansen (J for “Jakt” [Fighter])
beginning in 1953. There were no trainer versions, but some Lansens had
rudimentary controls installed in the rear seat.
Opening the Box:
The kit comes presented in a much reinforced box with a pretty box art showing a
Lansen breaking left, the box information left clear that this is a Limited
Edition Model. Kit parts are protected inside a plastic bag. We find 68 parts
injected in gray styrene, divided in five sprues. One sprue with 5 clear parts,
for canopy and small pieces like seat details.
Model presents full engraved lines, the design of the parts looks great and the
cockpit are divided in two parts, one for the front cockpit and another from
rear cockpit, but the parts permits a nicely representation of this area. The seats
are injected in a light gray resin and presents awesome details, this makes me
Wings have a correct angle in relation of the scale plans, are formed by 4 parts with
easy fit. The horizontal stabilizer has
to be build in a 90° degrees angle in relation with vertical stabilizer. Landing
gear is very nicely done and is very accurate with the real plane. No external
loads are presents OOB.
The clear parts have a good quality and canopy pieces coming in two parts permitting
the construction of the model with open canopy option. Instructions sheet is
printed in a high quality paper and the steps of the build are nicely explained,
something that became easy to modeler understand the build process.
Decals sheet comes in two parts with full stencils and markings to construction of two
different Lansen’s. On the instructions sheet we find a complete guide to
application of the decals and a brief historic of the each aircraft represented
by the decals markings.
Another great new about this kit is that Maestro Decals release a new sheet with
options to represent 15 different Lansen’s from different units and various
The Maestro Decals sheet has an excellent print quality and a great historical research
presented in the instructions. Are 15 diferent aircrafts covered by the sheet,
from diferent units and awesome paint schemes, some of this experimental few
know paint schemes. The sheet has options to build A32A and one A32C variants
and could be purchased at www.maestromodels.com.
Tarangus made a great job on your debut kit. The model is very accurate, have a well fitting, for
those looking for something new, but don’t open hand of a good quality in your
models, this is a right choice. After this initial kit I’m very anxious by new
releases from Tarangus Models. The Lansen is a highly recommended kit and with
Maestro Decals Sheet become still better, buy your now because is a limited
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