Jump to content
This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

Recommended Posts

 

Special Hobby's 1/32nd scale North American X15 A2

Apart from a few scratch built additions in the cockpit, and a pilot figure from Shapeways (3D printed), it is an out of the box build.

Various shades of black, dark greys, and metallic tones from various manufactures.

 

 

X-2.jpg

 

X-3.jpg

 

X-5.jpg

 

X-6.jpg

 

X-7.jpg

 

X-8.jpg

 

X-15.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shapeways X-15 pilot.

3D printed.

The version I ordered was the "basic quality" one & higher quality versions are available, for an increased cost.

This one was rough, but workable.

Head/face replaced with a Hornet Heads resin item.

He needed some adjustments to get a better fit in the chair & cockpit. 

 

X-17.jpg

 

 

Thanks for looking,

Angelo :)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice.

I've always had a thing for the X-15.

 

Does anyone do a kit of the X-15 that ISN'T the A-2 version (ignoring old box scale kits from the 1950s)?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

That is very nicely done. Although the unpainted pilot looks like one of the 'Grays' beloved of UFO fans.

 

Like Eric Mc I've had a thing for the X-15. Both children of the space race years, I suppose.

 

Edited by noelh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Eric Mc said:

Does anyone do a kit of the X-15 that ISN'T the A-2 version (ignoring old box scale kits from the 1950s)?

Special Hobby do the earlier version of the X-15.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice X-15 you have there. I suspect the younger generation doesn't even know what the X-15 is. In my youth, when the plane was breaking records, it was well known and in the news quite often.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice build- you did a great job duplicating the patchwork finish on the exterior! The 'hot' section looks especially realistic, as well.

Mike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh yes 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very realistic finish, a great build !

 

Wulfman

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, HL-10 said:

Special Hobby do the earlier version of the X-15.

Interesting. I'd like to get hold of one. I built the 1/72 Monogram,/Revell A-2 a few years ago and it's a nice kit. But I'd like one of the original X-15s.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, SAT69 said:

Very nice X-15 you have there. I suspect the younger generation doesn't even know what the X-15 is. In my youth, when the plane was breaking records, it was well known and in the news quite often.

And I’ve been fortunate to lay my hands on one, I’ve spent many hours with the example in Dayton.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lucky you. The Dayton example, is, of course, the A-2 - the fastest manned aircraft there has ever been (exempting the Space Shuttle).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice job. I agree that the X-15 is quite a machine. I wonder how it might have felt at the moment of release from the B-52. Rather unpleasant I reckon! I guess it's no coincidence that the F-104's wings look quite similar.

 

Justin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love this plane and you have done a great job recreating it!  The weathering/shading looks spot on.  I so wish we would see a 1/48 issue of this aircraft (beyond the now exorbitantly priced out of production one from SH).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excellent work on the 'black' finish of this a/c. You have done a tremendous job on what is quite basic kit OOB.

 

Gary

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's brilliant Angelo, it's such a difficult surface to get right. You've done an excellent job 👍

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cheers guys!

Thanks for all the comments and compliments, they're greatly appreciated :)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Outstanding work, really a stunner. Well done mate. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another amazing build - "Like" simply doesn't do it justice!

 

Kind regards,

 

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, Bedders said:

Nice job. I agree that the X-15 is quite a machine. I wonder how it might have felt at the moment of release from the B-52. Rather unpleasant I reckon! I guess it's no coincidence that the F-104's wings look quite similar.

 

Justin

The design of the X-15 did not really influence the F-104. The prototype F-104 flew four years before the X-15 programme started.

 

The aircraft that influenced the design of the F-104 was the Douglas X-3 Stiletto (which began life in the late 1940s). The X-15 wing shape would also have been influenced by the X-3. If you look at the various designs submitted by Douglas, Lockheed etc  for the X-15 proposal, they all followed the "trapezoidal" format as used on the X-3.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Love the way you’ve varied the shades on the fuselage, the more you look, the more you find subtle detail :)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/1/2020 at 12:54 AM, Eric Mc said:

Lucky you. The Dayton example, is, of course, the A-2 - the fastest manned aircraft there has ever been (exempting the Space Shuttle).

I’ve also seen the X-15-1 in DC, but I wasn’t able to touch it and look it over from nose to tail. I spent a lot of time in Dayton with the A-2. Fascinating aircraft and history.

 

Speaking  of Shuttles, I’ve seen all surviving orbiters up close. I was at the last shuttle launch (Atlantis) and I also witnessed Atlantis land in 1991.

 

Those were the days.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Angelo..........your attention to detail and efforts have paid handsome rewards with your X-15.  Great results and it`s one to be proud of!!!!!! :goodjob:

 

Mike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...