Monday, 16 June 2014

Straight Jag-kit

According to the label on the bag I paid £2.00 for this kit back in 2011 at the IPMS Modelworld show.  At the time I had no clear idea of what it would be used for but the current arms race related to the Little Cold Wars project is about to benefit from my £2 investment.  As my French feature prominently in the arms race, with several people also busy accumulating Brits, a Jaguar suddenly seems like a damn useful kit to have around.
Though this kit came unboxed (the top photo was blagged from the 'net) it appears to be complete. Unusually, two front ends are provided, giving the choice of the two-seat trainer or the single seat ground attack aircraft.  I'm sure that even without a peek at the photo you can guess which one I'm building!
The missiles are as far as I can establish, the Matra AS-37 Martel, a device intended to make life unpleasant for enemy warships and SAM operators.  The kit comes with four of 'em which I suspect is at least twice the normal quantity for a Jag.  While the glue dries on Phase One of the build I'll have a think about which of the two sets of markings will be applied - RAF or Armee de l'Air.

While you're pondering that dilemma, have a look at this RAF film from the late 1970s.




10 comments:

Conrad Kinch said...

Fascinating stuff. I have four harriers waiting in the wings. Hopefully now they will be enough to fend off the red hordes.

Stephen Beat said...

Blimey FROG! I can't actually remember them coming in boxes. My favourite story about Jaguars is from the Bosnian War. A Serbian tank position was bombarding Croatians - America sent in a section of it's famous A-10 tank busters, not once, twice but THREE times to silence it but they missed! So the RAF had a crack with it's Jaguars...Bingo! No Serbian tank.

Hee hee.

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
I have a couple of Harriers awaiting my attention. They may be waiting some time...

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
The Antiques Airshow perhaps? I like the story from Boz - it remains to be seen if my Jag will be as effective!

Stephen Beat said...

I had a second thought about the FROG stuff and in fact I'm actually surprised they did anything so comparative modern as well!

Although I forget sometimes that the JAG has been around for quite some time now! (A sign of my age.) :(

Paul Foster said...

Its a sweet ride Tim.

I have a couple of these waiting for a refurb so I await some inspiration.

Gripping video as well.

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
I still think of the Jag as quite 'new'. What a pair of old gits we are.

Tim Gow said...

Paul Foster
I'll no doubt provide you with an object lesson on how not to paint a Jag!

Stephen Beat said...

Couldn't resist looking it up - first flight 8 September 1968!!!

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
Ouch.