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1/48 Learjet 35
Posted by SteveFL on Thursday, April 26, 2018 11:25 AM

 

Today I am sharing with you my Learjet 35 by Hasegawa; specifically, this is the 2nd iteration or boxing by Hasegawa with an improved decal sheet.  It’s not a perfect kit, but there are some real nice details.  I spent a lot of time painting and upgrading the cabin, but once she’s buttoned up you really can’t see any of that work.  What a shame.  It’s mostly OOB, but I did add brake lines, landing lights, and tank tip lights.   I also added static discharge wires to the trailing edges of the wing and empennage by using bristles from a toothbrush.  All comments and/or critiques are welcomed and appreciated.  Please enjoy the pictures.

 

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    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Thursday, April 26, 2018 2:20 PM

Hi,

That looks really sharp

Pat

1st Group Build

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, April 26, 2018 2:31 PM

Steve that’s one sharp looking jet .i had one in 92 that came with smoked windows that never made it to primer so I have the Air Force version that doesn’t have the dark wind screen.

Nick.

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:55 PM

Looks really sharp! I want that plane for civilian collection.

Thanks,

John

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, April 27, 2018 7:15 PM

What a nice-looking model.

The Lear 35 (and 25) is/are one of the GA planes I've seen so often over the decades on various ramps, and it is, to me, simply classic.

You did a nice job, and thanks, she is fun to look at.

-Greg

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, April 27, 2018 7:37 PM

Great job! Such an iconic jet.

Steve

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    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, April 27, 2018 10:47 PM

It's a beauty, Steve.  Nice clean work.

John

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  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:47 AM

Lovely job on one of my all-time favorite aircraft!

(And I know what you mean about the interior! It seems such a shame not to 'dress them up' properly...but not much can be seen through even an open door, or those tiny windows.)

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, April 28, 2018 9:56 AM

Beautiful!  I've always thought the Learjets were the prettiest of the business jets.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May, 2008
  • From: Ypsilanti, MI
Posted by MIflyer on Saturday, April 28, 2018 4:56 PM

Your build looks pretty good! Nice job on the retraction cables for the bottom half of the door - that's a nice little detail.

The only nitpick I could offer is that the tip tanks shouldn't sit level - they should droop 2-3 degrees nose down. That's not an easy correction to make, though... one of my Learjet kits has a twist in the wing, and the tanks actually want to point in two different directions!

Also - the recogntion lights on the front of the tip tanks have the inboard half of the lens painted black, so as not to blind the crew.

(Pictured is one of my 1:1 scale rides for reference)

 

Kevin Johnson    Ypsilanti, Michigan USA

On the bench: 1/72 Fujimi Ki-36 J-BAAR

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    January, 2010
Posted by CrashTestDummy on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 2:29 PM

MIflyer

Your build looks pretty good! Nice job on the retraction cables for the bottom half of the door - that's a nice little detail.

The only nitpick I could offer is that the tip tanks shouldn't sit level - they should droop 2-3 degrees nose down. That's not an easy correction to make, though... one of my Learjet kits has a twist in the wing, and the tanks actually want to point in two different directions!

Also - the recogntion lights on the front of the tip tanks have the inboard half of the lens painted black, so as not to blind the crew.

(Pictured is one of my 1:1 scale rides for reference)

 

 

Yep!  That was an odd thing that I remember to this day, when seeing them when my Uncle flew in to visit us when I was a kid.  My Uncle was the chief test pilot for Lear for many years.  We flew with him a couple of times.  My Mom freaked out that the tanks would 'wobble' a bit in the turbulence! 

Nice job on that kit!

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

 

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    September, 2017
  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Thursday, July 05, 2018 6:46 AM

A nice looking model, MIflyer.

I hope my Testors kit comes out as good.

Kensar

 

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    December, 2014
Posted by SteveFL on Thursday, July 05, 2018 8:30 AM
Kensar: I'm sure it will. Please make sure to share your pics when finished. Feel free to ask any questions about the build as I can share my experience and opinions if you like. Good luck!
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  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Thursday, July 05, 2018 12:31 PM

What finishes did you use on the engine intakes and leading edges?  Paint or foil?

Kensar

 

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    December, 2014
Posted by SteveFL on Monday, July 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Kensar : I used Bare Metal Foil for those areas, specifically, the High Shiny Chrome version; however, I'm sure the standard chrome would work just fine.
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    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, July 16, 2018 5:35 PM
I would normally check out civilian aircraft but im glad I did because that really looks great.The paint job, decals,and detailing look fantastic.Makes me want to try one.

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    August, 2013
  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Saturday, November 17, 2018 9:34 PM

MIflyer

Your build looks pretty good! Nice job on the retraction cables for the bottom half of the door - that's a nice little detail.

The only nitpick I could offer is that the tip tanks shouldn't sit level - they should droop 2-3 degrees nose down. That's not an easy correction to make, though... one of my Learjet kits has a twist in the wing, and the tanks actually want to point in two different directions!

Also - the recogntion lights on the front of the tip tanks have the inboard half of the lens painted black, so as not to blind the crew.

(Pictured is one of my 1:1 scale rides for reference)

 

 

just checked my kit thinking I could trim the tank mounts to make them point down. Oops; forgot they’re one piece with the wing. ‍♂️

  • Member since
    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Friday, February 01, 2019 12:34 PM

Nice.

This is a great kit. I built the "US Airforce" version of this kit about a decade ago.  

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    September, 2018
Posted by Challenger350Pilot on Saturday, February 02, 2019 10:00 AM

Nice job indeed! What a great rendition of a fine airplane. Impressive that you would spend time on what cannot be seen; but YOU know its there! Wish we could see more closely what's inside.......love the outside detail, too. Very well done. Yes

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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, February 03, 2019 9:34 AM

Hi;

 Hmmm,Pretty airplane .I am partial to Falcon 20s but I will definitely say that's a pretty Lear ! Now based on your markings, You could have made cuts allowing you to display the interior .

 They make little P.E. Saws that cut a line so thin , you wouldn't have a crass line separating the sections . The New HondaJet kit proves this . All that work inside could then be shown .Then you could stand back and say , Yeah ! Drool Dogs !

 All in all I won't pick nit and , I'll say I like your finish because it's done so well . T.B.

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    September, 2011
  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Friday, March 01, 2019 12:43 PM

Do you know who makes those PE saws?

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 Swift

1/72 B-58, 1/144 B-47

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    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, March 01, 2019 7:12 PM

http://umm-usa.com/onlinestore/index.php?cPath=21_28

 

I like their JLC saw best, well down this page with the wood handle.

John

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  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Saturday, March 02, 2019 10:24 AM

Painting large areas I find hard to keep uniform especially white. Really like the prestine finish you got. 

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    December, 2014
Posted by SteveFL on Monday, March 04, 2019 1:06 PM

I greatly appreciate the compliment. Prior to this build, I've painted several aircraft white, ie) Piper SuperCub, Cessna 150, Citation, and the old Lear 23.  I have to give to credit to Tamiya white primer first. After a quick light rub down with 6000grit sandpaper, i then mist on 3 - 4 coats of Tamiya White (rattle can).  No airbrush needed here. Try one yourself and see how it turns out. 

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    July, 2008
  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Monday, March 04, 2019 2:31 PM

Cheers for the tip Steve I'll give it a go next chance I get. 

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, March 04, 2019 3:36 PM

Hello!

There were times, when I was afraid very time I needed to paint something white. Then I have found the Tamiya white primer spray cans and now it's no problem. Try it, you'll like it. My tip here would be to put on one layer of grey Tamiya primer, and then another layer of white Tamiya primer - then you can get a good white colour in just two layers. Hope it helps, have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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