Fantastic Plastic 1/48 X-37B Space Plane Kit First Look
|Date of Review||July 2012||Manufacturer||Fantastic Plastic|
|Subject||X-37B Space Plane||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||N/A||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Nice kit of a unique subject||Cons||Pricey kit|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$95.00|
Fantastic Plastic is well-known for producing subjects that have been ignored by the mainstream model companies and this one is no exception. This is the Boeing Phantom Work's X-37B Space Plane produced in 1/48th scale. Fantastic Plastic had previously released this kit in 1/72nd scale and clearly the demand for a larger version of this small craft led to this release.
Molded in light gray resin, this kit is produced as 31 parts which provide the following features and options:
- Positionable cargo bay doors with empty cargo bay inside
- Positionable landing gear
- Correct asymmetrical engine installation
- Positionable flaperons
- Positionable belly flap
A set of decals provide the modest airframe markings and stencils carried by this craft as it appeared before its first flight in 2010.
This is a nice looking kit and I'm looking forward to seeing it built-up on my display shelf. As I mentioned before, Fantastic Plastic also released this kit in 1/72 scale and a few companies like DML have also produced pre-finished display models of this craft should you rather not build one.