Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No 1141 Limited Edition
|Contents and Media:
||See body text and images below
around £10.20 available online from Hannants
and other quality hobby retailers worldwide
||Good depiction of this type's unique
attributes; nice decals; crisply moulded; easy assembly
||Simplified cockpit detail
by Mick Evans
Italeri's 1/72 scale YF-12A will be available online from Squadron.com
The Lockheed Skunk Works manufactured three YF-12A Interceptor aircraft.
The design is fundamentally similar to the SR-71.
The 1/72 scale Italeri kit of the YF-12A was released some 20 years ago
and still holds up well by today’s standards. The kit comes moulded in
silver styrene plastic with a mix of raised and engraved details.
The kit has 2 common sprues from the SR-71 Blackbird kit and, having
built the Blackbird just recently, I can comment favourably on overall
fit and detail.
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The YF-12 has a completely different sprue for the front end of the
aircraft to accommodate the Hughes ASG-18 Radar and Fire Control System.
The ASG-18 was a combination of long range radar and infrared search
sensors along with a precision radar coupled to the infrared tracking
system. The Hughes radar makes the front end look a bit funny with the
round nose and cut off chines instead of the nicely blended lines of the
Blackbird. The other major modifications were to the photo bays to
accept three GAR9/AIM-47 missiles. An extra cockpit was added to
accommodate the Fire Control Officer; and two ventral fins were added
under each nacelle while a folding stabilizer fin was added under the
centreline of the aircraft.
These modifications have been captured in the kit with the option to
display two GAR9/AIM-47 missiles with the weapons bay doors open. The
rear end is that of the SR-71 with slots provided for the folding fin.
The engine nacelles contain sufficient detail for this scale as do the
wheel wells and undercarriage. The cockpit is a bit sparse but if the
kit is modelled with the canopies closed none of the detail is visible.
For those wishing to open the canopies the seats and cockpit detail may
need replacing or some detail work.
The transparencies are crystal clear but care will be required to
install them into the canopy assemblies.
The in-flight refuel receptacle can be modelled in the open or closed
Finally the decals are a vast improvement over the old Italeri matt
decals which were very rigid and usually did not adhere well. These
decals are glossy in finish and look very thin.
My comments on the SR-71 kit fitment and assembly should carry for this
kit as well. The fit was very good with small amounts of filler required
for the upper and lower joins for the front to rear fuselage joints and
a small amount near the rear control surfaces. The main rear assembly
needs some patience and careful alignment while glueing and if the
correct alignment is achieved very little cleanup is required.
Markings are supplied for the natural metal & black aircraft and the
overall black aircraft. I have been told that the black is in fact very
dark midnight blue but I cannot verify this as all of my reference says
In summary, this is a very nice kit and the moulds have withstood time
to still punch out a crisply moulded kit.
Highly recommended for all levels of modeller
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by Mick Evans
This Page Created on 26 July, 2006
Last updated 26 July, 2006
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