Cutting Edge 1/48 SR-71A/B, YF-12A, and A-12 Blackbird Super Detailed Nozzles First Look
|Date of Review||September 2007||Manufacturer||Cutting Edge|
|Subject||SR-71A/B, YF-12A, and A-12 Blackbird Super Detailed Nozzles||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||CEC48516||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Significant improvement in look and detail over kit||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||OOP|
Cutting Edge Modelworks is back again with some interesting new products and a hint at the near future. Check out that title above. SR-71A/B, YF-12A, A-12. We know that Testors has released the SR-71A and SR-71B kits as well as the YF-12A in 1/48 scale. Rumor has it that there may be an A-12 conversion in the wings as well. Kiwi Resin produced a conversion for the A-12, but it is my understanding that the conversion is no longer in production.
According to several online stores, the 1/48 scale SR-71 kit is still available while the YF-12 is only available through kit swaps and eBay. Both are still available in 1/72 scale.
So back to this release, Cutting Edge has produced some beautiful castings of the rather complex exhaust nozzle and afterburner chamber for the monstrous J58 engines that power the SR-71A/B/C, YF-12A, and the A-11/A-12.M-12. I had a chance to see the masters under development along with the reference photos from the National Air and Space Museum's SR-71 display. I was intrigued enough to stop by there myself for my own photo reference.
Each assembly is three pieces, the dish-like afterburner spray ring array that caps on one end of the afterburner chamber. On the other end of the chamber is the ring section of blow (suck)-in doors that mounts to the rear of each engine nacelle. Over this goes another length of tailpipe that ends in a standard-looking nozzle. The instructions clearly show how all of this goes together and when you put these three pieces together with some good painting and weathering, you'll have a very realistic afterburner section on your model.
My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!