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Revell 1/48 SR-71A or YF-12C

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  • Member since
    May 2006
  • From: Chapin, South Carolina
Revell 1/48 SR-71A or YF-12C
Posted by Shipwreck on Sunday, July 24, 2022 4:53 PM


I would like to introduce my version of Revell's 1/48 SR-71A. This Blackbird is the second one made #61-7951, 1st flight 1965. In 1971, she was loaned to NASA for testing. That started the confusion; for some security  reasons NASA could not use SR-71 to identify her.  They finally came up with YF-12C #06937 (the model). Just to make things a little complicated; #937 was actually an A-12 that was still in operation. The bottom line, there is no such thing as a designation YF-12C which was called by the number of another air frame. The real 937 and 951 are currently in museums.


The kit is an easier assembly than I made it; the US version is easier than the European version. The reason is if you are building two J-58s; You will be making two cylinders out of 8 panels! Painting black is always fun. I stared with a base coat of Tamiya Flat Black (should have started with a prime coat)and then added at least a half dozen shades of blacks and grays. The decals are from the kit and Caracal  SR-71 pt 1. I would recommend this kit!



Boxes - US and Eurpean kits

 DSC00537 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr



 DSC00551 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr



 DSC00540 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr

 DSC00542 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr


The spine is serious

 DSC00475 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr


The Suites are not accurate but close enough

 DSC00497 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr


Landing gear

 DSC00549 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr


Nose gear bay

 DSC00488 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr


Main gear retracting

 DSC00715 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr


Nose gear retracting and belly view

 DSC00716 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr


J-58 - European kit only

 DSC00712 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr


SR-71 or is it YF-12C or is it a Y-12???

 DSC00702 by Ship Wreck, on Flickr

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  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 7:11 PM

That sounds like something our government and nasa would do. Kinda interesting tho.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, July 28, 2022 11:06 AM


   That's not fair. I could've used those engines for a Salt Flats Speed Record challenger! They should've just made the kit available the same way for both Markets! Plus, my original model didn't have a spine either!


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