Special Hobby 1/48 SK-37 Viggen Trainer (SH48209)

Main hero of today's review is Special Hobby 1/48 SK-37 Viggen Trainer (SH48209). Name says it all - famous aircraft comes in twin-seater version. Such type might look unusual, but this adds interest to the overall kit. Moreover, we already reviewed the smaller scale version, and some modelers wrote that they would prefer bigger scale release. Well, here it is. :) Packaging is typical for this brand, so let's open everything and take a closer look together.
By the way, here you can read review with the same aircraft in 1/72 scale.
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Watch this video-review where I show all parts even closer.

First frame is dedicated to lower wing panel and air intake ducts. Note that the latter should be glued out of two halves.

Wing mechanization is premolded, so you won't be able to drop the flaps on your model. Main wheel wells come as single-piece parts.

This top fuselage section won't be needed for our double-seater. Note that you will have to glue the nose cone out of two halves.

Engine nozzle looks great out of the box. Fuel tank should be glued out of two halves.

Fuselage has modular design, but all sections repeat panel lines, what might be useful for a better look. Air brakes are molded separately here.

Twin-seater fuselage section comes on the new sprue together with additional cockpit tub. Molding quality looks as good as on the previous frames.

Each pilot seat should be glued out of several parts. I think they will look decent out of the box, but you can also go for aftermarket resin from CMK.

Canards should be glued out of two halves for each. External features look similar to what we saw on the previous parts.

Nose wheel well is also a one-piece element. Landing gear legs look fine, but if you plan to add some resin, I would recommend to think about metal upgrade.

Clear frames are packed into separate plastic bag. Overall quality looks fine, but there are no masks included in the box.

Nevertheless, we still get pre-painted PE fret which might be handy for cockpit details. Some of the parts are quite thin, so be ready to work with tools.

There is no word on where decals sheet comes from, but the quality looks great. Here you will find all necessary symbols for several markings. Assembly manual is typical for this brand, and I show all pages in the video-review.

This kit should be already available for purchase, and I think it might be a good candidate for some modelers. Here we get enlarged copy, so overall handling should be a bit easier unless you plan to have some aftermarket here. Original package includes nice PE, which will definitely come handy for fine features. Nevertheless, there is a aftermarket from CMK, and I recommend to consider it if you would like to have a sophisticated project. :)
Get this and other kits on Special Hobby website.


  • Nice molding quality
  • Clever parts division
  • Good decals
  • PE included


  • No masks for clear parts
  • Two-piece nose cone

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