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8 years 9 months ago #1 by Grant
1/72 Academy SR-71 was created by Grant
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. :whistle:



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8 years 9 months ago #2 by Davidrnz
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Yeah, cool aeroplane.
Always thought a Blackbird would be a fun antidote to the 'serious' stuff, but I don't even have one in the stash. One day....
Anyway, good luck with the build.

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8 years 9 months ago #3 by Grant
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Yeah, it's an ideal kit for a bit of quick fun. Especially the all black paint job.

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8 years 9 months ago #4 by Phil
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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?

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8 years 9 months ago #5 by bikingmike
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Wow - there's something about the SR-71 that is just plain COOL.
I didn't know Academy had ever released a kit of it.

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8 years 9 months ago #6 by Bishop
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I had an airfix one once. Went somewhere. This is a favourite of mine, looking forward to the build.

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8 years 9 months ago #7 by MiG Mongoose
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Looking forward to seeing this one. :woohoo: I've been looking at the Hobby Easy website and have been impressed with some of their prices. Judging from your experience, I should place an order there sometime.

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8 years 8 months ago #8 by Grant
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MiG Mongoose wrote: I've been looking at the Hobby Easy website and have been impressed with some of their prices. Judging from your experience, I should place an order there sometime.


Do it, my second order arrived on the Monday a week after the Saturday I placed the order. He's a good guy to deal with too.

I'm going to spend some of tomorrow's Memorial day off on this build, so hopefully will post some progress tomorrow. :)

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8 years 8 months ago #9 by Grant
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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. :blush: Also should have glossed before the decals obviously.

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8 years 8 months ago #10 by bikingmike
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Choice!

the beauty of the SR71 is that you can't really see anything in the cockpit so you don't have to faff around detailing it.

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8 years 8 months ago #11 by Bishop
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That's a nice black mix actually. She's a beaut plane.

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8 years 8 months ago #12 by Al Green
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Looking good tea or coffee is generally better n beer when decalling, BTW

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8 years 8 months ago #13 by Grant
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And done. :sick:



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8 years 8 months ago #14 by Gary
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Looks good from here, I like it.



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8 years 8 months ago #15 by Grant
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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. :)

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8 years 8 months ago #16 by bikingmike
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me likey. I wish I could get mine through the assembly line that quick.

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8 years 8 months ago #17 by Bishop
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Don't be too hard on yourself there, they look fine, and she's a beauty as I said.

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8 years 8 months ago #18 by Al Green
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For the kitset provenance anorak in me, does any one know if this is the Italeri kitset boxed up by Academy? Italeri's has a drone to mount on the fuselage top.

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8 years 8 months ago #19 by Grant
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It has Academy 1986 on the sprues and on the inside of the fuselage.

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8 months 1 week ago #20 by Nathan
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A couple weeks ago I bought a huge 1/48 SR-71. Looks challenging!

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8 months 1 week ago #21 by CyNaKyL
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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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8 months 1 week ago - 8 months 1 week ago #22 by F1xena
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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!
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8 months 1 week ago #23 by Grant
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Ha, this is an ancient thread. I have to build this one again some time.

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8 months 1 week ago #24 by CyNaKyL
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I completely didn't notice this was from 8 years ago!

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8 months 2 days ago - 8 months 1 day ago #25 by Nathan
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Just finished filling and starting the masking

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8 months 2 days ago #26 by Grant
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Looking good!
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