Dragon 1/144 SR-71A Blackbird
By Matt Bittner
Here's a good definition of irony. Last October, our IPMS club had their annual kit auction, where members bring in kits they want to sell, and the IPMS club receives a small part of the money made. One of the items up for bid was an LS 1/144 SR-71. Not having one, I wanted it. So, we had a spirited bid between myself and one other modeler, but once it reached $20, I stopped bidding, thinking it was too expensive for me at that time. When I heard that Dragon was releasing their own new-tool SR-71, I knew I wanted one. So how much is it at the local hobby shop? Right around $26.
Only three pieces are added to the lower fuselage half – a one-piece cockpit and two pieces (each side) for the main landing gear wells. The one-piece cockpit tub is nice enough, especially with the canopies closed and being such a small space. However, Dragon doesn't include any color information for the cockpit tub (which should be primarily finished in gray, with black side consoles and instrument panel). The only items I may add are seat belts made out of tape, as not much will be seen through the closed canopies. You'll need to do some research if you want to pose them open, because I'm unsure if the kit parts can be used that way. Once the three pieces are glued to the inside of the lower fuselage, the fuselage halves can be glued together.
My thanks to Dragon for the review kit.