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Douglas X-3 Stiletto 1/48 Lindberg

The Douglas X-3 Stiletto was a 1950s United States experimental jet aircraft with a slender fuselage and a long tapered nose, manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Its primary mission was to investigate the design features of an aircraft suitable for sustained supersonic speeds, which included the first use of titanium in major airframe components. Douglas designed the X-3 with the goal of a maximum speed of approximately 2,000 m.p.h,[2] but it was, however, seriously underpowered for this purpose and could not even exceed Mach 1 in level flight.[3] Although the research aircraft was a disappointment, Lockheed designers used data from the X-3 tests for the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter which used a similar trapezoidal wing design in a successful Mach 2 fighter.

This is first of my future collection X-planes, next will be X-1,X-15, D-558 and Xf-4 Skyray. I saw some photos this experimental planes together on desert, and i want it . 🙂

Kit is very old and very simply, i rescribe and do some new things-cockpit and nozzles. Decals is original from kit, after two weeks on window and sun i use Decal Liquid Film from Microscale and on kit Decal Adhesive from Tamiya. Used colors is Tamiya X-2 White,Alclad Polished Aluminium, Steel Extreme Metals from Ak and Tamiya Xf-16 Aluminium.

I know,that something is not good, but i satisfied with my first piece of x- plane collection.

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13 responses to Douglas X-3 Stiletto 1/48 Lindberg

  1. That’s a lovely looking model, Josef. You don’t see these planes often built.
    Congratulations!

  2. Josef, Nice build on a very interesting looking aircraft. It sure looks like it should have been faster than it was. Kind of like getting VW performance out of a Porsche !, Well done.

  3. Very nice build Josef. Congratulations on a job well done. I look forward to seeing more of your X-Planes.

  4. Nicely done Josef, especially since it’s such an old kit. Probably too late now but the USAF Museum has one on display along with some great pics of the X-3. You may want to check out their other X-planes.

    https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/195754/douglas-x-3-stiletto/

  5. Great build! If you haven’t looked there is an X-planes FB page with lots of great content

  6. I remember that kit as one of the first ones I ever built. Yours is beautiful by comparison. Very nice job and an Essential in the “X” Plane category.

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