Dragon 1/144 SR-71A Blackbird
New tool kit
Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird"
was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft. It was
developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in
the 1960s by the Lockheed Skunk Works. Clarence "Kelly" Johnson was responsible
for many of the design's innovative concepts. During reconnaissance missions the
SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a
surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was
simply to accelerate and outrun the missile.
The SR-71 served with the U.S. Air Force from
1964 to 1998. Of the 32 aircraft built, 12 were destroyed in accidents, and none
were lost to enemy action. The SR-71 has been given several nicknames, including
the latter in reference to an Okinawan species of pit viper. Since 1976, it has
held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, a record
previously held by the YF-12
to see this one released. The only other SR-71 done in this scale was by LS and
while it made a fine model, it has been very difficult to find in the last
several decades. This new tool kit effectively replaces that one with a level
better of surface detail. It is not a kit that has an extensive number of parts.
The fuselage and wings are simply a top and bottom into which one simply
installs the one piece cockpit prior to assembling the halves. This cockpit is
not very detailed, but little will be seen through the small windows.
All of the
rest of the parts attach to the outside, including the engine inlets, landing
gear, fins and exhaust. Landing gear are well molded with the main gear having
the central wheel molded to the strut. You can build this one wheels up if you
wish as inserts are provided for raised gear. You will, however, have to
construct your own display stand as none is provided.
Instructions are a small sheet of paper with the three construction steps on one
side and decal placement on the other. You can build any one of four aircraft
with this kit, each having a distinctive tail badge. The serial numbers are
pieced together with what is on the sheet. Decals themselves are well done and
will need setting solution to snuggle down into the many corrugations that were
typical of the airframe. The aircraft can be painted any color as long as it is
black. Many will add a tinge of blue to it as there are comments that at times
it looked a bit on the blue side of black.
The SR-71 has always sold well in kit form and I expect this one to do no less.
Even more so as it will not take up all that much shelf space, measuring about
nine inches in length. No matter how you display it, it will be a very nice
model when done.
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