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      Post #56637, posted on 02-11-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      For those looking for a 1/144 Saab 340 for their collection, I just received the Fox One Saab 340 Argus resin kit from HobbyLink Japan. You can build one of two military versions, but it can be easily converted to a civilian airliner by sanding down a fairing at the base of the vertical stabilizer and reshaping the aft fuselage. Should take a lot less work than beating the Welsh kit into submission. It comes with a small decal sheet that includes some detail decals that would be useable for an airliner. It has a clear cockpit section (and includes a cockpit with a crew!), but the cabin windows are just scribed into the fuselage. The parts breakdown is the same as an injected kit, and fit appears to be pretty good. In the box, it looks just like an injected kit. The vortex generators and panel lines are a little bit overdone, and the props need to be feathered, but overall, it's a nice kit.

      Ben (no affiliation with Fox One, HLJ, etc.)

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      Post #56640, posted on 02-12-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      There doesn't appear to be a landing gear in the kit. At least not from what the pictures show.
      Do you plan to do it on the gear, Ben? If so, how?

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      Post #56641, posted on 02-12-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      What exactly is wrong with the Welsh Models kit? I've built it twice and never felt the need to "beat it into submission". The long narrow fairings on the underside of the fuselage are a bit overscale (sorted by a few minutes sanding) but otherwise I found it a quick and easy build.

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      Post #56643, posted on 02-12-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Alan, it includes landing gear parts (Parts 20-24). Here's a link to some photos: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--Yml0o4NvGw/ULoJAryxRoI/AAAAAAAAIOo/cM4clvEXFBA/s1600/1-144+SAAB+340++-+Foxone.jpg

      Dave, For some reason, Welsh's Saab has fought me from the beginning, unlike any other Welsh kit I've built. I'll chalk it up to builder error, which is usually the case when I have problems with a kit. I just replaced the oversized metal fuselage fairings with styrene strip. I thought I'd point out the Fox One kit since the Welsh kit seems to be so hard to find.

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      Post #56677, posted on 02-14-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Ben

      Thanks for the great tip on the Fox One Argus. I have also been looking for a copy of the Welsh kit for some time but have had no luck. That's the problem of finding good decals and THEN looking for the kit! I am not that familiar with the SAAB 340 and don't have any decent references. I am not sure what you meant by the need to reshape the aft fuselage? Is this just a minor sanding or a major fix that is apparent when comparing to photos?

      Have fun modeling!
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      Post #56932, posted on 02-25-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks indeed for the tip, was wondering about Saabs and didn't see many options. Now I need to mix up some pink paint for Silver Airways!

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      Post #56936, posted on 02-26-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Here is a comparison between the two kits. The builder converted the Welsh kit:
      http://thailandscale144.blogspot.com/2013/03/cover-page-1144-saab-340-aew-s100-argus.html

      The fairings I'm referring to are the extended aft fuselage and that bit sticking out just below the rudder in this photo from that web site:


      The one under the rudder can be taken care of with a few swipes of a sanding stick. The extended aft fuselage part is a separate part that starts about even with the trailing edges of the elevators. I'm planning to glue a piece of styrene in its place and sand it to shape. That way, if I get it wrong, I can just pop the plastic part off and try again (and again and again and... ). Fox One could easily do an airliner with this kit by just deleting the Argus parts and adding a new vertical stabilizer and tail cone. The kit already includes the small ventral fins.

      Cheers!

      Ben