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Out of the Black

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Conceived in great secrecy at the height of the Cold War, Lockheed's SR-71 exemplifies the lengths to which the United States went to pry secrets out from behind the Iron Curtain. Still unmatched in terms of raw speed and altitude capacity, the SR-71's secrets have been mostly exposed in the years since its retirement but its fascination with aircraft enthusiasts remains strong.
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Testors' 1/48 kit is old but still impressive. This kit has been modified extensively. The landing gear wells were totally scratchbuilt, and the afterburner cans given an extensive makeover. The nose was back-dated to the early "slick" configuration before the RWR fairings were added. These changes made an already impressive model into something truly special.
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About the Author

About Justin McCracken (Keeperofsouls2099)
FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

I have been modeling for 20 years mostly because of my passion for anything mechanical.I also feel it's a very good way to remember our history as many of the men and woman on this web site had relatives who are in some way connected to these machines.I learn more everyday and hope to continue build...


Comments

Hi Justin An inspirational build! I've really enjoyed following your updates on how you totally transformed the old kit. All the best Rowan
SEP 20, 2013 - 07:34 PM
I still can't see the propellers! Seriously inspiring build Justin, I really enjoyed following along and you have given me plenty of ideas for my pending Monogram P-61 makeover. Cheers, D
SEP 20, 2013 - 08:19 PM
Thanks merlin. Auss thanks and I have the old monogram boxing of the p-61 that will get the same treatment.who needs the new kits My next build is a complete rescribe of the monogram century series f-102a.I will be making it into the bmf yf-102a that started it all then maybe back to the prop things
SEP 21, 2013 - 02:44 AM
Justin, Just a fantastic build from day one. As you already know, I followed your complete build, and was just blown away by all the details, and corrections you made. Those wheel wells are just outstanding to say the least. Looking forward to following your YF-102A build. Should be a great ride for all of us. Joel
SEP 22, 2013 - 02:48 AM
Thanks joel and appreciate you following thankfully there's notnear as much landscape to cover on the 102
SEP 22, 2013 - 05:30 AM
Justin, too late to be any good, I snagged this pic of SR-71 tires at a museum yesterday..
SEP 22, 2013 - 03:20 PM
Hello, Very enjoyable...!!! All the contructive process was a learning experience...! Thanks, Congrats, & BTW Diego
SEP 23, 2013 - 03:31 AM
Thanks guys and mk I would post those in my build thread I'm sure someone will need them
SEP 23, 2013 - 06:46 AM
Justin What a sweet build..The SR 71 is kinda sexy...ok.....Real sexy but not as SEXY as the X-15 (sex on a stick). However can I use some of your build blog ideas to do my WON(1).. Monogram Snaptite SR-71. I'd like to do a NASA 2 seater. Cheers Chris
SEP 24, 2013 - 07:00 PM
(sex on a stick) thanks use what ever you want sir
SEP 25, 2013 - 12:51 PM