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SR-71 Blackbird Inlet Cones Set

Metallic Details 1/48 SR-71 Blackbird Inlet Cones Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2019 Manufacturer Metallic Details
Subject SR-71 Blackbird Inlet Cones Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number MDR4804 Media Resin
Pros Interesting update Cons See text
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $49.95 w/free shipping

First Look

Metallic Details is an aftermarket detail company from the Ukraine that produces some really impressive updates for current as well as older kits. This release is one of several detail sets designed for the Testors/Italeri 1/48 SR-71 and YF-12 kits. This set replaces the simple inlet cone plugs on the kit.

SR-71 Blackbird Inlet Cones Set

The instructions walk you through the process of altering the model using the replacement inlet rings that are grafted onto the engine fairings, add the rear mount to the inlet ring, and then you insert the shock cone down the inlet. The result provides visible depth down the inlets. Given the price of this set, this update will appeal primarily to the hard core Blackbird fan who knows we won't see another 1/48 kit of this subject anytime in our near future. Metallic Details also produces an afterburner nozzle detail set as well as a complete overhaul of the kits' wheel wells and landing gear.

You can order this set on HobbyZone USA's website.

My sincere thanks to HobbyZone USA for this review sample!