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1/72 - Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II by Italeri - released

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The 1/72nd secret item from the catalogue 2019 (link) is a new tool Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - ref. 1425

It's Halloween today... :pumpkin:

 

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Dear Friends, we are proud to show you the test and assembly pictures of our new incoming 1:72 scale model kit dedicated to the STOVL fighter F-35B Lightning II. The new scale model kit will be characterised by the highest level of quality and details (100% new moulds) and it will be released in the next weeks.

 

Sources: 

https://www.italeri.com/en/article/777

https://www.italeri.com/uploads/news/cDrllBUBxBek9FXxcMAV35oH9gczdzte2VMQmy7s.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/ItaleriModelKit/posts/3256928964379701

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Interesting that in their display of the parts, they show frames with short-shot engine pieces...

 

Good that we now have an F-35B with weapons bays (Fujimi doesn't really count...), so one could display the bay doors open or build a correct VTOL mode F-35B with minimal tweaking, as the inner bay doors partially open to act as LIDS strakes in that mode.  Unfortunate that, unlike the Hasegawa kit, there are two fixed exhaust options, so one can built CTOL or VTOL but not STOL (which one can with the Hasegawa kit).  I like that this kit has full MLG bays, not the tiny recesses Hasegawa gave us.  It is a minor niggle with the Hasegawa kit, but it bothered me...

 

About the only thing I see "missing" is the gun pod - which is a very minor complaint as far as I am concerned.

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Just now, TIGER HOBBIESLIMITED said:

In the Diecast World the F-35B has had Weapon Bays and optional Weapons for a few years now

 

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https://www.hobbymastercollector.com/HA4608.html

What's that thing that looks like a fishing weight under the centreline of the fuselage?

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I must say this does look rather impressive.  And it will have British markings (such as they are!).  Presumably it will be considerably cheaper than the Japanese renditions.  I wonder if they've stolen a march on Airfix.   As the type is coming on stream with the RAF and RN I would have thought it is just a matter of time before Airfix produced a kit. 

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Beyond belief that after Hasegawa and Academy and years of accessibility to the real plane they still decided to portray RAM panels as protrusions instead of them being totally flat in the scale, or any other scale.

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Hornby covering both Airfix and Corgi have completely ignored the F-35 in all its versions.

 

If they release one well it is very late to the party.

 

Hobby Master which we import have followed the F-35 from the start and sold thousands worldwide since the first release into the UK in 2014 

 

We have also on our 4th RAF/RN releases 

 

F-35A Version 19 Releases 

 

https://www.hobbymastercollector.com/1-72F-35A.html

 

F-35B  10 Releases

 

https://www.hobbymastercollector.com/1-72F-35B.html

 

F-35C new tooling 4 Releases

 

https://www.hobbymastercollector.com/1-72F-35C.html

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We really should be applauding Italeri for the amount of features they have thrown into this kit, however I do have a few reservations with what I’m seeing here. The wheels appear way too flat (I suppose 22,000 lbs of ordnance might do that!), those raised RAM panels look a little clunky, especially for 1/72 scale and I’m just wondering how those JDAM’s (?) are supposed to fall away from the weapons bay with those huge door hinges in the way (there’s better photos of this in the Italeri newsletter). Hopefully the actual kit will build up better than what’s shown above.

 

Cheers. Dave 

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2 hours ago, LanceB said:

Unfortunate that, unlike the Hasegawa kit, there are two fixed exhaust options, so one can built CTOL or VTOL but not STOL

But as you do get two complete nozzle assemblies, it shouldn't be too difficult to cut them both up to get the 3 sections, and you can then assemble them in any intermediate position?

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Tempted by this, as I have the Hasegawa kit that I bought cheap, but do not know which mode to show, now I can build one on each main flight mode and have one with the visible Ram panels and one in more recent finish. Not a great fan of current grey things, but watching a hi-def video of carrier trials on Wasp and the recent Queen Elizabeth trials and having had them overhead doing  touch and goes into LBA, I am a little more struck. 

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2 hours ago, Thomas V. said:

Beyond belief that after Hasegawa and Academy and years of accessibility to the real plane they still decided to portray RAM panels as protrusions instead of them being totally flat in the scale, or any other scale.

Yes that's what struck me immediately as well. They have copied them straight from their A kit. Because of this aspect I think the Italeri is - by far - the worst of the 72nd scale F-35s and this B version can be safely skipped over as well, it just looks horrible. It's also not very future-proof as all new F-35s now have significantly reduced RAM panel tape visibility so in a few years your choice will be to do lots of sanding and end up with a very bland airframe or you limit yourself to older paint schemes.

 

I have the Hasegawa F-35A which represents the RAM panels with fine panel lines and decals. Still not perfect, you need to choose between masking all the RAM panels and other surfaces that have the same color or use a combination of decals for the RAM and find a matching paint for the other panels (not easy). But if you invest the time to get it right it looks a million times better than the Italeri kit.

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5 hours ago, TIGER HOBBIESLIMITED said:

Hornby covering both Airfix and Corgi have completely ignored the F-35 in all its versions.

 

If they release one well it is very late to the party.

 

Hobby Master which we import have followed the F-35 from the start and sold thousands worldwide since the first release into the UK in 2014 

 

We have also on our 4th RAF/RN releases 

 

F-35A Version 19 Releases 

 

https://www.hobbymastercollector.com/1-72F-35A.html

 

F-35B  10 Releases

 

https://www.hobbymastercollector.com/1-72F-35B.html

 

F-35C new tooling 4 Releases

 

https://www.hobbymastercollector.com/1-72F-35C.html

Mr. TigerHobbies, we build models on these pages and really do not care about the ready made ones, please take your pitch elsewhere.

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5 hours ago, Meatbox8 said:

What's that thing that looks like a fishing weight under the centreline of the fuselage?

Gun pod.

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1 hour ago, Robertone139 said:

Gun pod.

Thanks.  I thought the F-35 had an embedded gun in the nose.  This pod doesn't look very stealthy.

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The F-35B and F-35C both have the external pod. First tested 2016.

I love how these threads descend rapidly from Wow! to Catch me having one of those in the house! First world modeller problems....😉 

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Was up close to one of these at Marham.  I have to note that the surface is not completely smooth - certainly the panels round the nose are raised by more than the thickness of a decal in 1/72 - though massively less than the Italeri mouding which would be a trip hazard in real life.

 

Howard

 

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30 minutes ago, ho590hm said:

Was up close to one of these at Marham.  I have to note that the surface is not completely smooth - certainly the panels round the nose are raised by more than the thickness of a decal in 1/72 - though massively less than the Italeri mouding which would be a trip hazard in real life.

 

Howard

 

My point exactly, you would need OSHA black/yellow tape in real life around those Italeri RAM panels.

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The RAM tape panels are extremely visible on the aircraft on the “Britain’s Biggest Warship Goes to Sea” documentary that’s on at the moment. Precut shiny frisket film    or something similar would do it...

 

best,

M.

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On 10/31/2019 at 11:15 AM, Robertone139 said:

Mr. TigerHobbies, we build models on these pages and really do not care about the ready made ones, please take your pitch elsewhere.

This was uncalled for! Some of us like the ready-made models as well.

1 hour ago, Homebee said:

Box art and pre-order at LM

Source: https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=IT 1425

 

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I’m going to get it just because it has the Union Jack on the open lift fan door!

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On 10/31/2019 at 3:15 PM, Robertone139 said:

Mr. TigerHobbies, we build models on these pages and really do not care about the ready made ones, please take your pitch elsewher

That comment was, at best, arrogant presumption on your part. It was also totally unnecessary. What you really mean is that YOU do not care about ready made ones. Fine, that's your choice. Do not however presume to talk for others. 

Ready made and painted models are still models and, are just as worthy of inclusion here as any other.

 

Allan

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We were not pitching, the link was not to any of our sites but the Hobby Master collector site, the link was just to show the diecat collectors have had versions and levels of detail on this model in many case before the kit manus.

 

Also many of the kits were based on prototypes of the F-35 and some of the prototypes seem tp have thicker RAM lines, when they were playing about finding the best solution to increase its stealth.

 

Evidence of this is on almost every early F-35 kit and the early Diecast models, the F-35C from HM has thinner RAM lines from the earlier F-35A and F-35B.

 

 

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Please....not a single F-35 has RAM panels the way Hobbymaster portrayed them,and there is no difference between real early and late 35's. 

In reality they are milimetres thick, and any scale representation should be scribed panel and paint only.

As a diecast enthousiast as well, this is plastic model forum, and in my view as well you're are pitching...

 

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