Revell 1/72 SR-71 Blackbird – Build Log

15th January 2015


This one I’m doing for a Group Build over at The Group Build is entitled “Stirring up Dust” and allows for anything that has seen service in a Middle Eastern conflict.

Blackbirds have flown in several Middle Eastern conflicts, notably the 1973 Yom Kippur war, and later in the 1986 U.S. led bombing of Libya under Operation  El Dorado Canyon.


The box is dated 2011, but the sprues are dated 1981, and even have the Revell name and date moulded in raised lettering on the outside of the fuselage. I’m pretty sure the original was by Lockheed Martin, so in the name of authenticity I will be removing the external branding 😉

There’s not a lot to this kit, the sprues are pretty basic. In fact one of the sprues consists mainly of parts for a drone of some kind so I won’t be building that.

The challenges with this kit will be doing a total re-scribe to get rid of the raised panel lines, and also getting the paintwork to look black without looking black.


She’s going to be done in-flight, and to add something a bit different I’m going to be doing a mega lighting job on this one… I haven’t fully worked out what I’m going to do quite yet, but I will reveal my cunning plans after a little R&D. But the end result will include lots of flashing LEDs and will be driven by an Arduino MicroController. I’ll do up another lighting and programming guide as I go along.

So not too much in the way of plastic assembly with this one, but some interesting challenges and a load of flashing LEDs and wiring to do 😀










Various diameters of acrylic tubes which will form part of the in flight display.



As I mentioned, the SR-71 Blackbird saw service in a number of Middle Eastern conflicts. I haven’t decided which conflict and tail number to go for, so I’ve got this book on order which will help me to choose something interesting!



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9 comments on “Revell 1/72 SR-71 Blackbird – Build Log
  1. Steve says:

    My all time favourite aeroplane and you’re lighting it! I’m looking forward to seeing how this progresses.

    I’ll be making notes for my puny efforts.

  2. Steve says:

    Having just read what you’ve got planned I wish you the best of luck.

    Every time I read your blog I find myself with two contrasting thoughts…I both want to get to the bench and crack on, and simultaneously throw everything out as I’ll never come close to this standard of work!

  3. James says:

    I’m about to start building airfix’s Avro Vulcan and am planning to rescribe all the raised panel lines which I see you’re doing with your sr-71. It’ll be the first time I’ve done this – can you tell me how you get rid of the old raised panel lines? Many thanks.

  4. James says:

    Ha sorry – I didn’t pay any attention – didn’t realise you built both models. Thanks again.

  5. James says:

    Actually I didnt realise you built ALL the models on this site. I’ve been looking on my phone and didn’t see your name on your header.

  6. roy says:

    Hi Richard, any progress on the blackbirds? I have one in the stash and was looking forward to your paint job.


    • Richard says:

      Hi Roy, I have to admit the Blackbird has stalled a bit at the moment. I’m aiming to get the Hunter out and then crack on with the other builds in progress – so hopefully will be back onto it soon. Oh, yes, and an Airfix Toyota RAV 4 has managed to slip into the queue in the past couple of weeks so I might have to get that done too 😉

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