1/48 Scale Lindberg XF-91 Jet/Rocket Experimental Fighter
Lindberg made an excellent starter kit for the “Advanced” modeler like me, so I went full-bore on the project by scratch-building just about everything.
All 3 landing gears were made out of aluminum and styrene. I cut in the wheel wells and built in what I thought would look like the real aircraft as I had no drawings and/or photos.
All the other revisions followed in the same direction by just thinking what the air inlet/outlet looked like, including the four rocket exhaust ports.
The cockpit was another major operation as there was none in the kit. The partial “molded in” pilot was tossed into my spare box.
I vac-u-formed a new windscreen and canopy, then made the extension bars and placed the canopy in its’ open position.
My paint was by Tamiya and I used insignia decals from my decal stash. I may have made the “Republic XF-91” decal.
For some screw-ball reason I kept a daily record of my hours of labor and when I finished the photography I accumulated 1,600 hours. I calculated that my time was worth USD$10.00 per hour, so USDA$16,000.00 is a fair selling price.
I took the model to a few local IPMS/USA contest and to the national show in Miami, Florida. It went first place…what more can I say, except a story and photo’s were published in a model magazine.
A fellow modeler wanted to buy it but said that $16K was way too much money, so I said take off one “0” and make it USD$1,600.00.
It was never sold, so I still have it here at home. It is one of my favorite models out of the 288 models that I have.
I would certainly recommend this model to build.
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