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1/72 Revell SR-71 Blackbird

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Hello all! I'm pleased to present my latest effort, the Revell 1/72 SR-71. The Blackbird is an awesome machine and I'm really pleased to have this one on the shelf, it's just such a cool looking aircraft. The kit is fairly simple, there aren't many parts, though I picked the Revell version because it came with a nicely detailed cockpit and pilots, even though you can't really see them! I made the kit without any extra scratch building, though sanded off the panel lines and rescribed the whole thing. It also needed a thorough filling and sanding job on the seams on the underside. 


I used an airbrush for most of the painting with a matt black preshade followed by very dark greys - Tamiya rubber black and nato black. The decals were interesting! They go down really well and didn't have any trouble with silvering but the instructions are all over the place - basically ignore the numbering - and a few are reversed; bonus points if you can spot these! Finally she was weathered with a thinned oil paint light grey panel line wash and some ground-up pastel pigment dry brushed on. It still needs a stand to finish off but thought I'd get the RFI up anyway, I'll add an extra photo when I finally get around to it. 


Thanks to everyone who had the patience to follow along (things did not move quickly on this build!) and who provided comments and encouragement along the way, the WIP is here:


Anyway, enough from me, enjoy the snaps!





















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On 10/16/2022 at 3:16 PM, Hamiltonian said:



On 10/18/2022 at 4:08 AM, kapam said:

Stunning build!

I had a look at your WIP posting and it is not any kind of "new" tooling, as far as I could tell.

That makes this superb result even more incredible!



On 10/18/2022 at 12:03 PM, Serkan Sen said:

Looks really good. Well done!..



On 10/18/2022 at 9:47 AM, Marcello Rosa said:

You achieved a really great result here. The external “simplicity” of this paint scheme makes it harder to make it look real.


Thanks gents! Despite the relatively old kit, really enjoyed building this one and if it taught me one thing, it is how to rescribe!


On 10/18/2022 at 4:18 PM, georgeusa said:

I can't believe the fantastic result you achieved in the cockpit, especially given that it is in 1/72.  Great work and a superb build.  Thanks for sharing.


On 10/16/2022 at 3:27 PM, Tomcat101 said:

Nice Blackbird! :) Fantastic job with the cockpit - shame you cannot see all the good work.   


Yep, I was amazed at the quality of the cockpit and pilots in the kit, I was very tempted to build with canopy open but just didn't think the SR71 looked quite right with landing gear down, sat on the tarmac - it just looks like it should be going at Mach 3! 


I'll post some more pics once I finally get around to making a base for this and my Lancaster, been on the to-do list for too long! Happy Christmas everyone! 

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