Boeing X-32 was a
multi-purpose jet fighter in the
Joint Strike Fighter contest. It lost to the
Lockheed Martin X-35 demonstrator which was further developed
F-35 Lightning II.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched the
Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter project (CALF). The project's purpose
was to develop a stealth-enabled design to replace all of
US DoD lighter weight fighter and attack aircraft, including the
F-16 Fighting Falcon,
F/A-18 Hornet, and vertical/short takeoff / vertical landing (V/STOL)
Around the same time the Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) project was
In 1994, the
US Congress ordered the two to be merged into the
Joint Strike Fighter Program.
Many companies took part in the first phase of this project, which
involved drafting concept aircraft designs for submission to the
Department of Defense. However on
Lockheed Martin were awarded contracts, allowing them to produce
two of their concept aircraft each. Under the contract, these fighters were
required to demonstrate Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL), carrier
take off and landing (CV version), and short take off and vertical landing
(STOVL). They were also expected to include ground demonstrations of a
production representative aircraft's systems, such as the Preferred Weapon
System Concept (PWSC).
the Department of Defense announced that the Lockheed Martin X-35 won the
its investment in the X-32 as a strategic investment, yielding important
technologies which it has been able to adopt in the
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and other studies.
In 2005 the Boeing X-32A was transferred to the
National Museum of the United States Air Force in
Dayton, Ohio. Its condition had deteriorated due to sitting
outside for several years following the end of the JSF competition. The
X-32B was transferred to the
Naval Air Station Patuxent River's Naval Air Museum in
St. Mary's County, Maryland in 2005,
As of June 2009, it is undergoing restoration at the museum's
Scott has done a really nice
preview of this kit so all I would be doing is repeating what he has already
I started with the cockpit
painting it light grey and the instrument consoles and main panel semi-flat
I used light grey and
white to pick out the details and gave the tub a slight wash with diluted
Now I moved on to the air
intake, the part of this plane that stands out the most.
Seeing that the seams would not show all that much I went on ahead
and painted the upper and lower parts gloss white.
Also during this phase I painted the internal weapons bay and the
I glued in the
cockpit, air intake and weapons bay and added some nose weight before
joining the lower and upper parts of the fuselage.
There is a back plate and side walls for the engine outlet that need
to be glued into place before the fuselage goes together and I found that
this area could be painted in the later stages of the build.
that the two halves of the fuselage include the wings this eliminates the
part of aligning the wings and give you less area of a seam to sand out.
There is an air intake to add to the left side under the wing along
with the nose pitot tubs used on the test version of the aircraft.
With this completed the main components of the model are ready for
masking and paint.
Clean up of
the landing gear and the bay doors your ready to move on.
opted for the overall Light Ghost Grey scheme FS36375.
tape to mask off the area inside the air intake and craft foam to mask off
the areas of the landing gear wells and weapons bay.
I also masked off the unpainted areas of the jets exhaust so I would
have a smooth area to paint the NMF later.
airbrushed the Light Ghost Grey to the body and the gear bay doors along
with the two vertical stabilizers.
I painted the leading edges of the vertical stabilizers Dark Ghost
Once dry I applied
Testors Gloss from the can.
decals went on with no problems and no need for any setting solutions.
used thinned artist ink for the panel lines.
Here I discovered that I had not gone back and re-scribed some of the
lines on the side of the fuselage.
Sometimes you just forget the basics.
When the ink wash dried I sprayed on Testors Dull Coat to seal in the
Now I removed the
masking for finial assembly.
this point an ink was also washed into the wheel wells and weapons bay and
on the landing gear struts.
the exhaust area I painted Testors Model Masters steel and exhaust and dry
brushed white to give it a used look.
I attached the twin vertical
stabilizers, landing gear and gear doors all with no problems.
The weapons bay proved to be more challenging.
A rather awkward area to work at once the landing gear was in place.
So I might have gotten these steps out of order.
I opted to go with the JDAM on the retracted launcher and the AAMRAM
on the extended launcher.
I tried to add the weapons bay doors.
I should have done all of this before the landing gear was attached.
I will know next time.
But I did get everything to attach where it was supposed to and moved on to
touch up painting with the flat black and on went the HUD display and in
went the seat.
I decided to use
the kit provided seat sense I was going to display this with the canopy
So it just did a detailed
paint job to the seat and in it went.
Not a simple kit
but a novice can handle it.
like the subject matter and the simplistic paint scheme makes it a fun
A nice addition to my
1:72 line up.