SR-71 Blackbird 1/48 - 1/72 Which kits are descent and available?

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  1. Jens Andrée

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    I'm pretty much just doing German WWII tanks and tank destroyers after recently getting back to modelling but I used to have a poster of the SR-71 Blackbird in my bedroom as a kid. It's a masterpiece of engineering for sure and I've now realised I can build one as a kit!
    I thought there was going to be plethora of SR-71 available on the market but I couldn't be more wrong...

    In 1/48 you can find the odd old Testors kit on eBay, but I'm looking at a minimum of $200+ delivered, often much much more, and that's if our not so pleasant customs people open the package and add their "fees" on top. These kits are 20+ years old so decals etc might be less than great and chances are the kits have been stored badly with bent sprues etc...?

    In 1/72 there are kits available to buy but they all seem to be re-boxed old kits with minor changes to decals, and with inconsistent quality - like the Italeri where the nose cone has recessed panels and the rest of the body raised according to a review I saw on youtube, and another has got other unwanted "features"...

    Which kit is the best if you don't want to go smaller than 1/72?
    I don't mind paying £50 (shipped) for a well made and detailed scale model, but I don't want to buy an old kit that's wonky and horrible like the first Tamiya Panther Aufs.A I bought a couple of months ago because that was terrible.

    I can buy the Tamiya no.145 kit from my supplier for £30-ish but the review and build I saw wasn't overly impressive... There must be better ones out there or isn't the SR-71 interesting anymore?

    It's perhaps not the most exciting kit to build since it's more or less just one big wing, but it's a beautiful masterpiece of engineering that I'd love to have in front of me once again, but this time not on a poster.

    Many thanks in advance,
    Jens
     
  2. Airfix Modeller Freak

    Airfix Modeller Freak WWII Luftwaffe Specialist Modeller

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    Just saying, the current SR 71 Kits are not great. If you are looking for a good introduction into aircraft modelling, Grab the Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk Ixc Profipack. You'll never look back
    Cheers
     
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    There is a 1/48 Italeri model of it I have one but still haven't built it so can't say what the quality is like I think I paid about £30 of ebay a couple of years ago but the kit is widely available wonderland models do it and so do a couple of model shops in the Swindon area where I have seen a couple in each shop again no idea on the price as I already have one I didn't bother to inquire
    Further to my inital text above I have just looked up on ebay there are no 1/48 Italeri only 1/72 the 1/48 that are there are £99 & £150 respectively so they have shot up in price in the last 2 years
     

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    Thank you John for the tip!

    My modelling store has got a fairly good stock of Eduard models so I shall have a look at them for sure!

    It's a pity there seems to be little interest for the SR-71 but the cold war era is perhaps not as exciting as the WWII stuff?
    I for one love the engineering marvels of any bigger conflict (if you can find anything positive about war that is), and Skunk Works planes are the most mystical and secretively ones I can think of.
    The whole history about the SR-71, the amazing engineering and how they made dodgy deals with the Russians through fake companies in order to source the titanium needed, is just one of the things that's so bonkers about the whole cold war thing, apart from the almost unreal achievements they made with the SR-71 - that still stands today. (officially anyway since we don't know what they've been tinkering with for the last 20+ years... ;) )

    I've met one of the few guys who's actually had a radar lock on a SR-71 at F4 in Frösön, Sweden. They knew roughly what time they were flying over the north of Sweden but a few of them decided that they were going to lock on to one of their flights - and succeeded (after many attempts) - and a few months later they received a plaque from US (anonymously-ish) congratulating them for actually pulling it off!
    That plaque was hanging on the wall for everybody to view inside one of the buildings, until they were closed down in 2005.
    This is where I grew up and it's also partly why I became interested in the SR-71 Blackbird.

    It's also worth noticing that more than once has the SR-71 been locked - and even once photographed in air - by a JA37 Viggen, but the photo session occurred when they had some technical issue with the SR-71 and they had to drop down to a lower altitude, but still ;)

    Cheers!
     
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    The only descent 1/48 kit I've seen is the Testors one, the rest are 1/72 and smaller - but then from several makers. All are quite old though.
    When building tanks and other armoured vehicles you can find virtually anything - even the really obscure and non-existing ones so I thought there surely must be a good SR-71 kit out there...

    Cheers Colin and thanks for your help!
     
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    Hi jens , i think the italeri 1/48 is a rebox of the testors kit , as for 1/72 ive read that the best kit accuracy wise is the old revell/ monogram one . I know that academy , hasegawa and italeri do one thats a bit more of a modern tooling but the old Revell is considered the most accurate shape. I actually made the revell one as a kid but its that long ago i cant remember and at that time didnt care how it built or what the detail was like! Like yourself ive always loved the blackbird and might have to get one again sometime. Cheers tony
     
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    They're stealth kits, you can't find them.:D

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    Aha, that explains it! :p
     
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    Great question Jens. I've been thinking about one of these myself, like Tony, I built one as a kid years ago (and don't remember much about it) but recently started thinking about the Blackbird again.
    I read a story about a couple of aircraft asking ground control for speed checks (I think it involved a fighter pilot showing off) Then an unknown third aircraft asked for a check as well. When control returned the speed of the third aircraft, the fighter pilot shut up !
     

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