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Stealth guesses; Testor, Monogram, Hasegawa
Topic Started: Aug 18 2015, 02:22 PM (1,899 Views)
Paul Boyer
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Back in the late 1980s, model manufacturers were tripping over themselves to make models of the new "stealth fighter." When photos of the real thing came out, we could see how wild and crazy everything was. I remember remarking to Testors' John Andrews how far off their F-19 model was, and he said, "But look at what we got right: Single-seat, twin-engine, twin canted fins, internal bomb bay, shrouded intakes and exhausts, passive sensors, and it's black!" Well, he had a point. To their credit, they quickly released kits of the F-117 that were pretty well shaped.

This trio includes the little-known 1/72 scale stealth kits by Testor/Italeri, Monogram (SnapTite), and the initial toylike kit by Hasegawa based on the initial photo of the Nighthawk revealed to the public. I put all three on Hasegawa stands and applied extra Two Bobs decals to each.

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softscience
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Great display! I've always loved that Testor's kit. I wish they would re-issue it.

The Monogram kit I'm not familiar with. Looks like a cool design though. Is it available anywhere these days?
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Paul Boyer
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Monogram made the 1/72 kit a SnapTite with no landing gear. They made the same design in 1/48 but with full gear. Not in production for a long time, but you might find them at vendor tables at conventions or on eBay.
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softscience,Aug 18 2015
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Great display! I've always loved that Testor's kit. I wish they would re-issue it.

The Monogram kit I'm not familiar with. Looks like a cool design though. Is it available anywhere these days?

Ebay is your friend, in this case. I've recently bought both the Monogram snap ("Glows with black light"!) and 1/72 Testors kits, to do some reliving of my youth. FYI if you move up to 1/48 the Monogram kit has landing gear, a rotating bomb bay and a "stealth missile".

Love these builds too, Paul ^_^
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philp
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I picked up the Testors one last year and am still looking for the Monogram version.

Thinking of doing the Testors one in Euro I camo and maybe try to simulate the one from Clancy's Red Storm Rising. Still one of my favorite reads along with Team Yankee by Coyle.

I just laugh about the Hasagawa one but when you compare it to the angle of the original photo released by the Air Force, you can see it.
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bearmatt
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Nice collection Paul! I love those early stealth birds. I actually started the monogram one (1/72 including landing gear in the kit, which came from a Hornet...) and also Revells ATB :-)
But that may take a while till completion... :lol:

Cheers

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kingofmen
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Bummer. I've built the Testors Stealth but didn't realize that the Monogram one (which has an interesting shape) didn't come with landing gear. I always build em on the ground.
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J.C. Bahr
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kingofmen,Jul 13 2016
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Bummer. I've built the Testors Stealth but didn't realize that the Monogram one (which has an interesting shape) didn't come with landing gear. I always build em on the ground.

Probably wouldn't be hard to cannibalize the gear from an F-19 and open up the gear bays and scratch-build them. The 1/48 Monogram kit had nearly the identical same gear as the Testors F-19 setup, by what I recall.
J.C. Bahr

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