Jasmine Model 1/144 SR-71A Blackbird Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||January 2016||Manufacturer||Jasmine Model|
|Kit Number||202071||Primary Media||Photo-etch, styrene|
|Pros||Interesting photo-etched skeleton airframe display||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$79.00|
Jasmine Model produces an interesting series of photo-etched skeleton kits which build into breathtaking models. Here is their latest release which is the Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird skeleton. The kit is 1/144 scale and goes together with some simple cutting, folding, and a touch of cyano here and there. The kit has a nicely illustrated instruction book printed in color to show where to cut, where to fold, and which piece slips into which slot along the airframe assembly.
The kit comes on three frets of photo-etched parts plus a set of silver-molded plastic parts representing the engines, inlet spikes, and landing gear. According to the specs, this kit consists of 120 parts which will require patience and careful bending and folding to build-up the airframe. As complex as this kit looks, when you take a step at a time using the well-illustrated instructions, the project is really rather straightforward.
The instructions are well illustrated and you can preview these on their website. Jasmine Model did a really nice job of creating a photo-etched airframe that requires just a little more folding than assembly and should be a relatively quick build. This will make into a very nice display model for your desk or display case. It will definitely get curious looks sitting on your desk or on your shelf.
My sincere thanks to Jasmine Model for this review sample!