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Joe Boylan
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Revell's 1/72 SR-71 Blackbird

March 19, 2022 · in Aviation · 11 · 1.3K

I don't really like working in 1/72, but a friend of mine requested I build one for his veteran father who worked as an armorer on B-52's on Guam during the Vietnam War. He mentioned that there was always at least two Blackbirds on station in Guam. They were stored, fueled and maintained in a very high security area on base so the only time you got to see one was on taxi, takeoff and landing. He also said you knew something was up when you heard that familiar roar. If you were not on duty, or had a supervisor who was a bit "relaxed", one could go out to look at them as they made their way.

As mentioned, I don't really like 1/72 scale, but this kit kinda grew on me. So I built two and have one on my wall here in the studio next to my B-52, the old Monogram kit in the same scale and one of 4 surviving builds from my high school days. Posting progress pics and final given to Peter. Oh...and then on my birthday (3/14), the wife surprised me with the new kit on steroids!

Happy Modeling!

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  1. Great work, Joe. It looks you've made the most of this kit. The details look great. Personally, I can't wait to see the proper scale kit built up! I made an exception and built up the 72nd up last year just for office display (also, not my scale), and I'm contemplating picking up one of those huge boxes. You'll need to report back.. 🙂

  2. Fantastic work on the Blackbird, Joe!
    Looking forward to the quarter scale one!

  3. Great results on this one, Joe @jboyla
    Your friend's dad will be very happy to have this one on his shelf.

  4. Great work on this Joe, I too have the big one waiting to be built , that's a lot of plastic in that big box isn't it?, I may wait and see if any aftermarket goodies come along.

  5. Excellent work!

  6. Well done Joe, and I can't imagine that kit in 1/48 scale. Should be awesome when completed.

  7. Great looking build!

  8. Excellent results x2 sir both are very attractive models. I've never seen the little flying engine looking things before, what are they?

  9. Nice build - well done!

  10. I Allways liked the blackbird... and is a soon to be build in my stash

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