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Special Hobby X-15 A2 1/48

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    February 2021
Special Hobby X-15 A2 1/48
Posted by JimC2020 on Saturday, March 4, 2023 9:14 PM

Been working on this to get back into modeling again... 

The kit itself is not very good to be honest. The panels are really thin and not very deep at all and it's easy to sand them off. The resin pieces are ok, but fit is not so great. The fit of the plastic parts is horrible. There's no pins or guides to help fit the pieces together. Since the fit is not very good there's lots of filler needed. Honestly this is the worst model kit I've done so far, which is annoying because the X-15 is insanely cool and deserves a kick ass kit.

But onwards...












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    February 2021
Posted by JimC2020 on Saturday, March 4, 2023 9:17 PM












  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Saturday, March 4, 2023 9:57 PM

Well it looks to me like you have whiped it into submission Smile


Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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    March 2010
  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Monday, March 6, 2023 7:57 AM

I agree, looks like you are doing a fine job with the X-15!


Nice works

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, March 6, 2023 9:21 PM

Special Hobby/MPM offer difficult to build kits of the X-15 in all major scales (1/72, 1/48, 1/32).  But until Tamiya or Hasegawa decide to do one, that's what we have to work with.  Still, the X-15 represents a highly successful test program that probed hypersonic flight, and it looks super-cool.  So all that aggravation is worth it in the end.

I have the 1/32 kit in the stash, and it features an ejection seat that looks like flat-packed Ikea furniture.  The stabilizers supposedly were dimensioned off of a plan view, making them a bit short, since they angle slightly down.  I'm not sure if the 1/48 kit suffers from the same problem, but it is a bugger to fix if you want to do it right.

But you seem to have gotten your model together okay, despite the kits challenges.  I look forward to seeing it finsihed!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    January 2018
  • From: Manchester, UK
Posted by DHanners55 on Sunday, March 12, 2023 6:51 AM

Off to a good start on modeling Mission 2-43-75, Robert Rushworth's flight of 3 November 1965. It was the X-15A-2's first flight with external tanks, but they were empty.

It was kind of a snake-bit flight (as many 'A-2 flights were...) in that the LOX tank was destroyed when its parachute failed to deploy, and the ventral rudder was lost when its parachute also failed.


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