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1/48 scale SR-71 Blackbird
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, May 16, 2020 3:37 PM

Has anyone built the Testors' 1/48 scale Blackbird? I think that it would look nice sitting next to my 1/48 Hustler. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, May 16, 2020 4:17 PM

I have one in my stash... and I’ve seen one built... modeling skills required....

But yes, It would look good next to a B-58...

 

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, May 16, 2020 4:30 PM

It’s an old kit with raised panel lines, but it is undeniably impressive on the shelf when built.

Revell Germany announced a new tool 1/48 kit for 2021, and Hypersonic Models I believe were also working on one.  They already released a very nice SR-71 engine start cart in IM plastic.  Caracal Decals did two sheets which sold out, but they indicated a reprint would happen when the Revell kit hit the market next year.  It’s a good time to be building a sled.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:14 PM

Ouch, I looked on ebay and the kits are very expensive. About $100.

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, May 17, 2020 12:00 AM

Yeah last time I checked, the US list price was $80.  A far cry from the $18 it cost me in 1983.

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:36 AM

JohnnyK

Ouch, I looked on ebay and the kits are very expensive. About $100.

 

It's a better concept than a kit. I'd sell you one of mine for that.

I built a series of them a while back for an article, I think the 1/72 Hasegawa kit was the one I prefered.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, May 17, 2020 10:32 AM

GMorrison

 

 
JohnnyK

Ouch, I looked on ebay and the kits are very expensive. About $100.

 

 

 

It's a better concept than a kit. I'd sell you one of mine for that.

 

I built a series of them a while back for an article, I think the 1/72 Hasegawa kit was the one I prefered.

 

You are right. The 1/72 Hasegawa kit is the better kit. The only issue is that all of my builds are 1/48 scale. A 1/72 scale build would look out of place.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 17, 2020 10:52 AM

JohnnyK

Ouch, I looked on ebay and the kits are very expensive. About $100.

 

That’s the funny thing about eBay. The market gets cornered on a kit and they go UP in price. If you’re in no rush, wait until the new Revell kit is released, then folks will be dumping the Testors kit for a lot less than it goes for now. Or pick up the new Revell kit.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:13 PM

I'll wait for the Revell kit. I don't want to have to deal with the raised panel lines on the Testors' kit. Raised panel lines look okay on a B-17, but not on a supersonic plane.  Sanding down the raised panel lines on the Testors' kit and then rescribing recessed panel lines is a nonstarter.

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:22 PM

   Stik is right, modelling skills required for the Testors kit. I managed to build one back in the early 90s....not enough skills then. Tried another in the mid 2000s, realized I still didn't have stuff.

     I agree with you JohnnyK I will wait for reviews of the ROG pop.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, May 17, 2020 7:52 PM

Me too. I would absolutely love one but definitely going to hold out for the new tool.

Chad

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At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:55 PM

I Just hope Revell puts out something that improves on the Italeri kit, with no silly errors like the backwards inspection hatches on their 1/32 He-219, or major ones like the wing incidence on the same kit.

Off the top of my head, other than the panel lines, the nose chine shape, cockpit details, wheel wells, and afterburner tunnels are the major issues of the Italeri kit.  I wonder if Revell will do little things like the intakes with the canoe bumps on the inner walls?  And there were several interchangeable noses, but their differences elude my knowlege.

If they engineer it to make other variants like the YF-12A, that would be a bonus!  I had read a discussion many years ago about if the YF-12A had a “belly bump”.  Much debate went on and the authoritative voices declared that it didn’t.  But I got to spend some time under the USAF museum’s specimen, and it definitely had a bump.  I hope Revell’s research team are thorough.

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:44 PM

I would think no two of those airframes were quite the same.

I've got a number of books about her including one or two written by their pilots. I can try to answer questions.

 

Bill

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Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:50 PM

I built the old SR-71  1/48th scale kit and ended up giving it to neighbor kids to play with. I look forward to the new Revell kit. The SR -71 is a great airplane and there are some great stories to go with it. Try a search for "LA speed Check". It is a good SR-71 story. There are a lot of great SR-71 stories we will never ever hear about!

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