Minicraft 1/144 KC-135A
|PRICE:||$32.30 on discount|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial refueling aircraft. It and the Boeing 707 airliner were developed from the Boeing 367-80 prototype. It is the predominant variant of the C-135 Stratolifter family of transport aircraft. The KC-135 was the US Air Force's first jet-powered refueling tanker and replaced the KC-97 Stratofreighter. The KC-135 was initially tasked with refueling strategic bombers, but was used extensively in the Vietnam War and later conflicts such as Operation Desert Storm to extend the range and endurance of US tactical fighters and bombers.
The KC-135 entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1957; it is one of six military fixed-wing aircraft with over 50 years of continuous service with its original operator. The KC-135 is supplemented by the larger KC-10. Studies have concluded that many of the aircraft could be flown until 2040, although maintenance costs have greatly increased. The aircraft will eventually be replaced by the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus.
Instructions are nicely done and offer Model Master paint references for the overall airframe. The two markings options are overall ADC grey with a black radome and nose anti-glare panel. The markings options are for unidentified units with the box art plane being from Ellsworth AFB in 1984 and the other, with a black and yellow checkered tail band, being from Robbins AFB in 1975. As I mentioned earlier, there are aftermarket sheets for this kit and those will offer a bunch of additional options.
My experiences with Minicraft kits have been mixed. Most of the ones I've built have been a bit of a chore. I am hoping that the 'new tool' aspect of this one will make for a more pleasant experience. One thing for sure, Minicraft has cornered the market on 135 variants in this scale.
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retailer or ask them to order it in for you. January 2011
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