Q-Men F-35B Lightning II Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||April 2020||Manufacturer||Q-Men|
|Subject||F-35B Lightning II||Scale||N/A|
|Kit Number||01002||Primary Media||Styrene, Resin|
|Pros||Unique subject||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$24.99|
The so-called 'egg plane' craze has spread among various kit makers, and now the folks that bring you Kitty Hawk Models and Panda Hobby have entered the fight with a new brand - Q-Men - and their second 'egg plane' subject: the F-35B Lightning II. Molded in blue styrene, this kit is presented on two parts trees plus one tree of clear parts. Assembly is snap-together, so you can have one of these built in no time (unless you take the time to paint the model as well).
What is unique about the Q-Men kits is the pilot figure. It consists of one tree of green styrene parts and one resin-cast helmeted head. When you get a closer look at the figure, it goes together and moves like one of the Lego figures, and can be posed standing next to the F-35B or seated inside. Even more interesting is that a number of the decals on that sheet replicate details on the pilot including parachute harness and the stitching of its flight suit.
Markings are included for two examples, one is a standard line aircraft while the other is in Blue Angel colors.
If you're looking for a project for a younger modeler or something to clear your own head, give one of these gems a try!
My sincere thanks to Kitty Hawk for this review sample!