15th January 2015
This one I’m doing for a Group Build over at florymodels.co.uk. 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!