I built this kit originally in 1987 or 1988 so this is purely a nostalgia build. I got the kit for $20 off Hobby Easy just to test them out. It arrived in eight days so I was pretty pleased. I'm building it out of the box, crappy decals and all. The kit is very simple and I reckon this will be a quick build.
This kit has been a bit of slap dash fun. Check out this for a cockpit:
Phil wrote: I imagine finding the right type of black would be the trickiest part of the whole project, since the aircraft really wasn't particularly black at all. What have you got in mind?
I ended up mixing black and dark grey Tamiya enamels to get the colour, the weathering will lighten the black significantly I think. I almost always use acrylics when I spay, but this enamel sprayed and flattened out so nicely that I might experiment with them more in future.
Decals were predictably awful, and I messed up the placement of the big red "no step" one, but that is probably a result the beer I was drinking as I was putting them on. Also should have glossed before the decals obviously.
It's not actually such a bad kit. I had a horrid time with the decals though, they were silvering a bit after I stuck them on but when I put a varnish over the top they looked awful. Ah well, lesson learned and on to the next one.
Nice! I recently bought the newish academy release with the d21 drone on top. Even in 1/72 it is big, would hate to think how massive a 1/48 one would be. have seen a couple of A-12's in person and it is a big jet.
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People look at me funny when I say I own "Fifty shades of Grey". FS36118, FS36270, FS36375.....
I built the Italeri 1/48 kit years ago, and yep, it’s a biggun! Didn’t have an airbrush back then so it was off down to the hardware shop for a big aerosol can of flat black. It actually came out alright.
When I got back into model aircraft, I decided 1/72 was going to be the most practical scale, and I was only going to do smaller aircraft. As a result, the SR71 in my stash is in 1/144 from Arii. I really must dig it out and see what it’s like.....thanks for the inspiration!