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Should I be Lear(y) of this jet?

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Should I be Lear(y) of this jet?
Posted by upnorth on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 4:55 PM
Hey folks,

I just came into the possession of a 1/48 Gates Learjet put out by Testors (kit#7500)Shy [8)]

Admittedly, I don't know a whole lot about the Gates Learjet, but from photos I've seen, this kit at least seems to have the lines right.

The photo of the completed kit on the box makes it look like pretty rough kit with some fit problems, but then badly built models grace kit boxes everywhere.Dead [xx(]

I'd appreciate input from anyone who's built this kit about what its like. Anything I should be watching out for? Any glaring inaccuarcies?

I've never seen a Learjet kitted, so I want to make sure I don't screw this one up if I can avoid it.

Thanks to all in advance
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 8:04 PM
Sorry I can't help wit hthe actual Learjet Part, but I can say from experience that every Testor's kit I have ever completed have been bad, and that's alot of kits. Besides the horrendous fit problems, the instructions tend to be vague, flash problems in sprues (the SR-71 I last did had one entire tree completely flashed over, and this was the HSO version!), punch marks on almost every piece, colors called out in the instructions are innacurate, oh yeah, did I mention the fit problems?

It may be jusy my humble opinion, but I've learned to steer clear of Testor's kits. Good paints, bad models. Of course, you may be luckier than I.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 4:59 AM
This kit was originally issued by IMC in the late 60's. Fit is poor and and the entry doors work. I suppose it would build up into a nice model, but be prepared for lots of work. Hasegawa also released a Lear Jet in 1/48. I think it's a -35 model. If you're interested in other biz-jets, Hasegawa also did a Citation and a Falcon.
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Posted by upnorth on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 8:59 AM
Thanks guys'

I'm aware that Testors kits can be a bit of a hit and miss thing, my experince with their 1/48 T-33 was terrible, but I got a really good result from a 1/72 F-16 of theirs.

I've always liked the look of the Citation, what variant is Hasegawa's kit and roughly what should I expect to be handing over to purchase one?

Any 1/72 or 1/48 Gulfstreams out there?

Are you sure the old IMC kit is the same, Pat? According to the historical blurb in the instructions, the kit is based on a variant of the learjet that was introduced in 1970.

If it is the same kit, is the scale right at 1/48 or am I looking at one of those "box scale" affairs?
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Posted by berny13 on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 9:10 AM
The Hasagawa kit # T-3, is the Learjet 35/36. It is a very good kit, though the decals are not that good. The interior is very basic and just begs for detailing. I haven't even started mine yet. It has been on the shelf for over eight years now, but one day!!!!


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Posted by gregers on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 12:42 PM
The Hasegawa Citation is i belive a Citation 1and is an exelent kit as is there Learjet...Gregers
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 5:25 PM
If memory serves correctly, the IMC kit was released in '69-'70. I had one when it first came out. It was marketed then as 1/48 scale but you know as well as I it could be off. There is a 1/72 vacform Gulfstream out there by Welsh Models. I just checked the Hannants website and it's listed there.
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Posted by Keyworth on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 5:47 PM
I have an old, obscure modelling mag from the early '70's that indicate that the Lear is about 1/50 scale. - Ed
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