Buidling the JF-17 Thunder with the striking livery it sported during the 2007 Pakistan Day Joint Services Parade. No electronics in this one.
The JF-17 Thunder (جے ایف-17 گرج) is a very light-weight multi-role fighter jointly developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation. It has been in service with Pakistan since 2007,
It flew during the 2007 Pakistan Day Joint Services Parade sporting a striking livery, melding the Chinese and Pakistani flags.
It was designed to replace the A-5C, F-7P/PG, Mirage III, and Mirage V combat aircraft in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Pakistan is still the major operator. Other operators include Myanmar, Nigeria with a number of other countries showing interest.
The Pakistani designation “JF-17” is short for “Joint Fighter-17”, while it is designated “Fighter China-1 (FC-1) Fierce Dragon” by China.
This is the Trumpeter kit 01657: Chinese FC-1 Fierce Dragon (Pakistani JF-17 Thunder) 1:72. Trumpeter also have a few other versions:
- Trumpeter kit 02815: Chinese FC-1 Fierce Dragon (Pakistani JF-17 Thunder) 1:48
- Trumpeter kit 01658: Chinese FC-1 Prototype 01 & 03 1:72
I purchased this kit from World model Store on aliexpress in late 2020 but I notice prices have rising considerably in the meantime.
I’m following the drammatic green white and red display scheme. The kit provides painting and marking guide for Chinese and Pakistani operational schemes.
|Upper Fuselage||Super Italian Red||C158||70.909 Vermillion + ~10% 70.851 Bright Orange|
|Upper Fuselage||Gloss White||H1, C1, X2, Vallejo 70.842||70.951 White|
|Upper Fuselage||Gloss Green||H6, C6, X5, Vallejo 70.969||70.891 Intermediate Green|
|silver stuff;-)||silver||H8 C8 Vallejo 70.967||70.997 Silver|
|steel||H18 C28 Vallejo 70.864|
|wheel wells||blue grey||H42 C72 Vallejo 70.903||70.992 Neutral Grey|
|jet nozzle||burnt iron||H76 C61 X10 Vallejo 70.863||60% Humbrol 53 + 40% 70.985 Hull Red|
|nav lights||clear red||H90 C47 X27 Vallejo 70.934|
|nav lights||clear green||C138 X25 Vallejo 70.936|
|cockpit interior, nose||Medium Gray||H306 C306, XF20, Vallejo 70.870||70.870 Medium Sea Grey|
|Gray||H307 C307, XF22|
|white insignia||H316 C316, X2, Vallejo 70.991|
|seat||khaki green||H80||70.924 Russian Unf. WWII|
For a cheap & simple kit, the Trumpeter 1:72 FC-1/JF-17 is beautifully engineered with some nice cockpit detail
FC-1/JF-17 cockpit test fit
The striking promo scheme is what drew me to the FC-1/JF-17. Building up nicely. This is the shot before I attempt the insane decals!
Credits and References
- JF-17 Thunder (جے ایف-17 گرج) - wikipedia
- World model Store on aliexpress
- Trumpeter kit 01657: Chinese FC-1 Fierce Dragon (Pakistani JF-17 Thunder) 1:72:
- Trumpeter kit 02815: Chinese FC-1 Fierce Dragon (Pakistani JF-17 Thunder) 1:48:
- Trumpeter kit 01658: Chinese FC-1 Prototype 01 & 03 1:72: