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Postby Damian C » Mon May 10, 2021 1:06 pm

who knows, someone might have one stored alongside their sacks of hens' teeth and unicorn poop
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Re: L/F Dragon 1/144 SR-71

Postby weitsv » Mon May 10, 2021 3:25 pm

Did not know Dragon did this.

Do you know how it compares to the old L&S kit?
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Re: L/F Dragon 1/144 SR-71

Postby Damian C » Tue May 11, 2021 10:32 am

I confess that aside from thinking that the pre-Dragon 1/144 kits came from a Crown lineage, my thinking is less about which is the better kit but that the decals from a 2010s kit may still be useable compared with one from the '90s.

The only comparison I could find - from when the Dragon kit was first released - was that the key benefit of the Dragon kit was that it was available and the LS and reboxings versions , while good, weren't.

My interest was sparked by my partner buying me the Crowood book on the SR-71. I have since discovered that the aircraft is astonishingly [edit insert the word "not"] not well-served in kit form for such an amazing aircraft. Revell are bringing out a new one this year, supposedly, but in 1/48 and noting the SR-71 is not much different in size to a classic 737 I don't think I can afford a new wing to the house to display it.
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Re: L/F Dragon 1/144 SR-71

Postby weitsv » Tue May 11, 2021 5:52 pm

Damian C wrote:... and noting the SR-71 is not much different in size to a classic 737 ...


That’s interesting.

My memory generally fails me but I think I was surprised how small the real thing was when we visited the American Collection at Duxford in 2005. Must go and dig out some examples of both to compare.
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Re: L/F Dragon 1/144 SR-71

Postby gilltech » Wed May 12, 2021 11:36 am

and noting the SR-71 is not much different in size to a classic 737

I agree, the SR-71 is quite a big plane. Bigger than say an F-111.
I attended the BoB airshow at Duxford in 2019. Refer attached the American museum's display reference board which shows the silhouettes of the aircraft on their floor or suspended locations. SR-71 top left in light grey. F-111 is bottom left also light grey.
The ones shown in light grey are on the floor, the ones in dark grey are suspended from the roof.
A really impressive collection, as is the case with all the museums at Duxford.
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Re: L/F Dragon 1/144 SR-71

Postby Damian C » Wed May 12, 2021 12:25 pm

I realised I left out a critical "not" in my OP; it should be, the SR-71 is astonishingly not well served in kit form.

I was perhaps exaggerating in terms of wingspan(*):

SR-71 length 107' 5" span 55' 7"
737-300 length 102' span 94' 9"

so the SR-71's length falls in between the winspan of the Lancaster and B-24. Those more used to building in 1/48 may not consider this as huge as I do.

(*) yes I was, for effect.
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Re: L/F Dragon 1/144 SR-71

Postby gilltech » Wed May 12, 2021 1:43 pm

You must have damn good eyesight to build in 1/144, I just couldn't cope with the scale detail even with my reading glasses.
Sadly, I didn't get any decent shots of the SR-71. The American collection is impressive as is the purpose designed building. It must have been a planning jigsaw to work out what plane is to go where, but the B-52 was the fulcrum due to its wingspan and tail height.
The building is a concrete shell with a demountable glass front. The SR-71 is one of their more recent acquisitions, the only one outside the USA.
As you'll see from the image of the info board I posted the place is jammed full of about 20 aircraft, and a number of them were a bit tricky to photograph as a result. The faint 'U' shaped line on the map denotes the edge of the internal ramp, with the 'you are here' display board at the highest point in the middle. The ramp at least does help get one up close to many of them.
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Re: L/F Dragon 1/144 SR-71

Postby weitsv » Wed May 12, 2021 6:44 pm

gilltech wrote:Refer attached the American museum's display reference board which shows the silhouettes of the aircraft on their floor or suspended locations. SR-71 top left in light grey. F-111 is bottom left also light grey.
The ones shown in light grey are on the floor, the ones in dark grey are suspended from the roof.
A really impressive collection, as is the case with all the museums at Duxford.


Thanks so much for that particularly the image of the layout. Brings back lots of memories.

I always thought it would be great to replicate it in 1:144.
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Re: L/F Dragon 1/144 SR-71

Postby gilltech » Wed May 12, 2021 8:31 pm

1:144 is just too small for my eyesight! All this talk has got me interested in doing one myself now, but in 1/72 thanks. It would follow on from all my 'century series' and V bombers and other cold war era aircraft which I have to admit do interest me more than the usual run of WW2 aircraft. The SR-71 is certainly all business, looking menacing being all matt black and weathered looking.
Italeri and Hasegawa in 1/72 are both available on eBay, maybe other brands? I've read some reports though that none of those kits are much joy being all based on old mouldings with incorrect proportions, limited detail and raised panel lines etc. Anyone here done one of these?
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Re: L/F Dragon 1/144 SR-71

Postby Damian C » Fri May 14, 2021 5:34 pm

I'm essentially a 1/72 modeller but I do have some 1/144 models around the place to get a round toit - similarly, V-bombers, USAF nuclear bombers, some airliners.

I have a 1/72 Italeri in the stash which seems to be regarded as the best in that scale. But it does have a 'once seen cannot be unseen' excessive taper to the nose that requires a relatively simple, but likely tedious, fix. I figured slamming a 1/144 kit would get the model into the cabinet.
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