Caracal Models CD 48101: SR-71 Blackbird part 2

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Scott Van Aken

Caracal Models has decided to go whole hog on the SR-71 family of aircraft in 1/48 scale and release two sets for the Testors kit. This kit has been reissued by Italeri if I'm not mistaken and is not impossible to find. Painting most of these is fairly easy as they are all a black color. Note that in some instances, the color has been reported as a blue-black, but the times I've seen these planes operationally, they certainly look black to me.

There are 16 markings options on this set for USAF and NASA aircraft. All of these planes have the 'toned down' red markings.

SR-71 61-17958

SR-71 61-17960

SR-71 61-17962

SR-71 61-17967

SR-71 61-17968 "Dolby DBX" tail art

SR-71 61-17971

SR-71 61-17972 (final SR-71 flight)

SR-71 61-17973 (initial toned-down scheme)

SR-71 61-17974

SR-71 61-17979 "Night Hawk" tail art

SR-71 61-17980 "Dartboard" tail art

NASA SR-71 61-17971 interim tail marking

NASA SR-71 "831"

NASA SR-71 "832"

NASA SR-71 "844"

The special markings (if carried) were placed on the fin and I've been led to believe that many of these were painted in chalk to prevent them from burning off with the heat. Could also be a legend, but sounds good. Decals are printed by Cartograf and you are provided a full stencil placement guide.

July 2019

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