Kitty Hawk 1/48 F-35B Lightning II
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The Lockheed-Martin F-35B is the STOVL version of the F-35 series, which will replace the AV-8B Harrier with the Marine Corps, and is planned to equip the Royal Navy with a new fixed-wing naval aviation capability. If all goes according to plan (which one should not count on since nothing has gone according to plan so far with this airplane), in addition to the USAF, USN and USMC, the F-35 in its various versions may equip the RCAF, the Belgian, Netherlands, Danish and Norwegian Air Forces, the Israeli Air Force, ROKAF, JSDAF, Singapore AF, and RAAF. This proposed widespread deployment has become a “definite maybe” as many of these countries are reassessing their actual need for this aircraft in light of changing economic circumstances and the continuing developmental difficulties, which are too numerous to list here but include such head-scratchers as creating a carrier fighter that can’t land on a carrier since the tailhook isn’t on the tail where they have been for 95 years, as well as a helmet display that controls all instrumentation and flight coordination that lags reality by a couple of crucial seconds, as merely the most obvious.
The parts are very crisply molded in dark grey plastic, and test-fitting of the three major fuselage parts shows a very precise fit. The F-94C also had precise fit, which augurs well for this release.
Decals are provided for the F-35B prototype and one of the first production aircraft for US Service. Additional speculative decals are provided both in color and greyed-out for all the various air arms that may or may not include the F-35 in their future inventories.
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