Special Hobbies' X-15 A-2
many years for a large scale X-15 injected model. I still remember the old Aurora
kit fondly. This Special Hobby X-15 A-2 is like so many limited run kits, a
hybrid of high quality resin and softly injected plastic. The recessed
panel lines are there, but soft.
As you can
tell from the photographs, the model breaks down into a few basic plastic parts,
fuselage halves, wings, tail units and fuel tanks. After that, all the detailed
parts are resin; cockpit, seat, rocket engine and various piping. The model
also supplies a replica dolly, which is one of my gripes. I wish one could model
the kit out of the box standing on the rear skids and nose gear. I always like
the rakish looks that stance gave the X-15. This is a model of the A-2 version
of the X-15, which had a little longer fuselage than the "basic" X-15, and was
equipped with extra drop tanks for
longer sustained powered flight. It was the 'A-2 model that set both the altitude
and speed records that stood until the Space Shuttle flew. Not bad for 1950's
look to be pretty good and thin, but I wonder how they will stand up to being
put on a black surface. The instructions are quite good, but references will
probably be needed to super detail the cockpit. The rear of the box has many
color photographs of the 'A-2 from the USAF museum.
This kit fills an important gap. It shouldn't require too much work to turn out an excellent replica.
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