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srp71

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Sorry i did not do a build thread but her she is. The SR-71 blackbird. 
Colors used as you may expect are well Black. But to be more precise.
Nato black from tamiya, Flat black from humbrol. Semi gloss black from humbrol and humbrol weathering powder. The only other color used is grey for the rear wheels.
Hopefully the pictures show up my the weathering that unlike any other plane goes across the plane and not with the air flow. hope you enjoy.











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I can see where you have the different sheen's of black. nice Simon. That had to be a little challenging. That is a beautiful and elegant bird. You've done her justice for sure.  [smile]
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Thank you very much Mike. It was quite difficult but with a bit of patience. The weathering took me about three days to do after many hours spent looking at pictures and video. 
Just in case there are people not lucky enough to have seen her this is RAF mildenhall airshow. I live about 6 miles from here and was very lucky that they had one based there so i got to see it quite often.

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I am green with envy Simon, seeing one of those in the flesh would be something else, they are the epitome of the Cold War.
Great job on it too mate. How long is the finished model in 1:72? A bit hard to sense the scale in your pics. It looks fantastic!   

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Another lovely build Simon, and a fantastic plane too, it still looks modern today I would love to have seen it flying

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Thank you Simon and Pete. 
She is 18 inches long and 9 across the wings. It was a plane that even now looks futuristic. They had so many obstacles to overcome when they made it. One of which they never sorted and that was the fuel tanks. It leaked fuel every were and buy the time it took of was almost empty so they sent up one or two KC-135 ahead to refuel then when it got going the tanks would seal. 

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18" that's a nice size. I bet it looks wicked on your shelf mate. Nice one! [smile]
Interesting about the fuel tanks too. They seal at altitude then? Yanks are weird. lol (sorry Mike [wink])

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18" that's a nice size. I bet it looks wicked on your shelf mate. Nice one! [smile]
Interesting about the fuel tanks too. They seal at altitude then? Yanks are weird. lol (sorry Mike [wink])

Not actually altitude but but speed as it went faster it grew by about a foot i think. 

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No offense taken Simon lol. We think everyone else is weird, but that's not true lol. Have you seen the "skinny Jeans" trend going on here? Horrid. Absolutely horrid. I've seen these idiots combine that trend with "sagging" and it looks like a guy has tried and failed to wear his GF's jeans. Makes one wonder just how stupid one is willing to look in public.

So yeah, we're the weird ones.
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No offense taken Simon lol. We think everyone else is weird, but that's not true lol. Have you seen the "skinny Jeans" trend going on here? Horrid. Absolutely horrid. I've seen these idiots combine that trend with "sagging" and it looks like a guy has tried and failed to wear his GF's jeans. Makes one wonder just how stupid one is willing to look in public.

So yeah, we're the weird ones.


Haha no I haven't seen that, but can only imagine! Blimey, what next! Wearing boxers outside of their clothing??? [wink]

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18" that's a nice size. I bet it looks wicked on your shelf mate. Nice one! [smile]
Interesting about the fuel tanks too. They seal at altitude then? Yanks are weird. lol (sorry Mike [wink])

Not actually altitude but but speed as it went faster it grew by about a foot i think. 


I do remember reading about it's engineering issues when I was a kid, just didn't remember specifics so thanks for the revisit down memory lane Simon. It was a machine way ahead of its time for sure. [smile]

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thanks for the pictures of your bird, the video, and the interesting facts. Great work in 1/72. Will Smith drives some golf balls off a blackbird in "I Am Legend" sci-fi movie. impressive plane.
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srp71

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Thank you Ted. I remember the clip from I Am Legend. I have great memories of this plane flying as a kid.
Take a bit of a different direction with my next build see if you can work out what it is [wink]




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It's got to be the General !
simon, if it is, will you be putting an in scale Daisy Duke with it ? Or at least build it wearing skimpy denim shorts lol !

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Hi Pete. I considered it. [smile] If i can just find a figure in 1/25 


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