SR-71 Blackbird Egg Plane

Published: May 22nd, 2012     
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Reviewed by: Dave Koukol - IPMS# 46287, Camden Koukol - IPMS# 46287
Company: Hasegawa
Price: $14.99
Product / Stock #: TH18
Product provided by: Hobbico

What classic breakfast food is capable of propelling itself at "Mach 3+" and capturing the imagination of modelers of all ages? It must be none other than Hasegawa's SR-71 Blackbird in its offbeat and popular Egg Plane Series.

Like it's other egg-shaped cousins, this recent release is molded in a single color plastic with a sprue of clear canopy parts. Our SR came in black, and was crisply molded and snapped together in no time at all. A couple strategically-placed dabs of liquid cement ensured durability during an expected lifetime of little boy play. Camden, 6, was able to complete the majority of assembly without close supervision or assistance from "big hands" to get parts to snap together - very "kid friendly!" Overall assembly time was under an hour.

Testors Gloss Black out of the rattle can provided a good and consistent base for decal application. Decals went on well, and Camden got his first lesson in applying aggravatingly skinny walkway decals, with which he kept his composure and received instruction from Dad quite well. Decals settled down nicely using the MicroScale system, and were sealed with a 50/50 mix of Future and Model Master Acryl Flat Clear.

In barely a couple of working hours, this kit brought a huge smile to a young modeler's face and earned him a 1st Place award at the IPMS/USA Region IV 2012 Convention.

We highly recommend this kit for modelers of all ages and skill levels.

Many thanks go to Hobbico, Hasegawa, and IPMS/USA for providing the sample kit.

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