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High Planes Lockheed U2R/TR1A Dragon Lady Kit 1:72

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hi has anyone had any experience of high planes lockheed U2/TR1 dragon lady in 1/72 ? what they like ? i have an old airfix U2 and the TR1 version would be cool.

thomas

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If you have the old Airfix and are happy with it you should have no objection against the Special Hobby one ;-) I have two of the Airfix and one of the Minicraft (basically the same but with engraved panel lines). But sadly no Special Hobby one. But from what I found on the web it is a nice kit though I never saw one "in person".

rene

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rene is special hobby one and high planes two different makes or one ??

thomas

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I have built one. Typical garage short run - lot of flash, poor white metal parts (I only used ejection seat), poor cockpit and wheel wells that I made entirely from scratch using Cutting Edge resin stuff as reference http://hsfeatures.com/u2sda_1.htm, no engine exhaust - built one using foil and spare parts (D-21 drone). On the good side overall part fit is good, decal is fine but lacks red stenciling, thin and clear vacuformed canopy.

I haven't seen Special Hobby with my own eyes but what I've seen on the net makes me feel that it may be not much better than High Planes - most of the resin parts are useless

Kit parts:

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Here are some in-process pics of mine
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I can shoot final result, if you are interested.
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Errr sorry - I completely blacked out High Planes - thanks Pin for your comment. I would certainly do not take the HighPlane route for the TR2. I suppose the Special Hobby one can be found for an equal price and it should be by far better. If you are after one I can send you the address of a shop in Germany which has the NASA version in stock for 27,99 Eur (versus 23,72 from HPM for the HighPlanes). but he charges another 18,56 Eur for shipping (no matter how much you order though) to EU countries. Ouch. Yet if you find more interesting kits there (which should be perfectly possible) it might get interesting again.

René

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THANKS pin please do ,rene might keep looking and try google fu ...

thomas

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A TR-1 cannot be made from the Airfix kit as it is for one of the older versions of the U-2

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A TR-1 cannot be made from the Airfix kit as it is for one of the older versions of the U-2

That's right, U2-R airframe was fully redesigned resulting much bigger plane

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I've built the Special Hobby U-2R and three copies of the Airfix U-2.

I'll post pictures next week when my PhotoBucket bandwidth is reset.

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I've built the Special Hobby U-2R and three copies of the Airfix U-2.

I'll post pictures next week when my PhotoBucket bandwidth is reset.

thanks buddy appreciate it..

thomas

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Finished about 3 years ago

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Special Hobby review:

http://www.internetmodeler.com/2001/december/first-looks/specialhobby_tr1a.htm

In French:

http://fanakit.free.fr/TR1/TR1.htm

In Russian:

http://scalemodels.ru/articles/376-obzor-Special-Hobby-1-72-TR-1-A.html

Article on Modeling Madness:

http://modelingmadness.com/review/mod/us/attardu2.htm

As I said - I don't feel that Special Hobby is far superiour to High Planes

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thanks pin..

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As promised:

Airfix U-2D

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Airfix U-2A

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Airfix U-2C

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Special Hobby U-2R

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thanks plasticsurgeon ..

thomas

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