Lady in Black

Build Information

  • Manufacturer – Revell
  • Scale – 1:72
  • Aircraft – Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird”
  • Markings – Serial no. 61-7955 “Skunkworks”
  • Paint – Model Master
  • Aftermarket – None

Quick Review

Blackbird, Sled, Lady in Black, all nicknames for the fastest air-breathing aircraft in history. But no matter what she’s called, the SR-71 is one of the most iconic aircraft to every grace the skies.  For over 22 years, the SR-71 flew some of the toughest, most dangerous missions for the CIA, USAF, and NASA.  And though the aircraft was one of the most important in history, it has mostly been left behind by the modeling world.

There are other Blackbird kits out there, but this is probably the easiest to find as Revell re-boxed it in 2011.  It’s not a terrible kit, by any means, though it has its flaws.  Like most of Revell’s other work, it has raised panel lines, which had to be rescribed, and pretty sparse cockpit detail, forcing me to leave the canopy closed.  The glass was also pretty thick, for the scale, which made it next to impossible to see anything inside the cockpit with them closed.

Decals were a happy surprise. Even the long red walkway stripes on the top of the fuselage went down without too much of a fight. The markings on the bottom of the body, marking the cameras and sensor equipment were thin, and blended right into the finish, making them look painted on.

Photos

More photos with better resolution at SmugMug

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