Let see what is in the box. Large box for a large unusual shaped aircraft. Molded in black and white plastic and smoked clear parts.
The wedge shaped upper air frame section is kept in a wrapped packaging to keep it from getting any scratches and damage the nose pitot tubes.
Typical Tamiya fold out A4 size instruction booklet, Tamiya paint callouts and standard exploded view assembly process.
Tamiya wiil have you build the Stealth in 17 steps. The kit has decals for 2 Desert Storm birds in overall black finish.
A history profile page insert is also provided in Japanese.
As far as I know this may be the first kit that Tamiya provides a masking set for the canopy.
Eduard's PE zoom set for the cockpit.
The first sprue has just the lower hull of the F-117. Well defined panel lines and detail. The center bomb bay and wheel well openings are well defined. The rear duck tail edge.
1. Bomb bay
2. Main wheel bay
3. Nose Wheel bay
Sprue A contains the main and nose gear struts, the FLIR sensor and housing. The gear bay doors, instrument panel. Nose wheels. As well as the grille plates for the intakes.
1. FLIR sensor and housing
The gear bay doors interiors have great details. The nose wheel is well done.
The next sprue in white, which there are 2 of them, holds the 2000lb GBU-paveway bombs. Main wheels, Bomb bay components.
GBU-10 bombs, main wheels and bomb bay rails
The next sprue, contains the V-tails, elevons, bomb bay doors, the bomb bay, main and nose wheel bays and cockpit tub.
The seat cushion and headrest is accurate for the Stealth fighter, will use this just add the belts. Cockpit tub with side lower side console details molded in. Whats missing are the side upper consoles. The Eduard's PE set will solve that.
1. Cockpit tub with details on lower side consoles
2. missing are the side consoles
The bomb bay and wheel bays have decent details here, just probably need to add hoses and conduit to enhance them a bit more.
1. Conduit, hoses could enhance this a bit more
The elevon looks like they may be able to pose. The bomb bay does have a set of side panels to install inot the bomb bay.
The clear parts are in a smoke tint. The canopy and various lamps and bay windows are provided.
Amazing that this aircraft has been retired over 10 years now. Despite older air frames still in service (B-52,F-15, F-16,) Well at least not all of them. This is really the first time I have really looked into this kit, not many have been built. In 48th scale I believe only Monogram and Italeri have also produce an F-117. Despite it's short time in service, it has been quite effective. The issue is that it was high maintenance. Like the Tomcat, it was tough to maintain, being careful around the surface of the skin, unique systems, and was not an easy plane to fly.
Next up...some prepainting before cutting plastic.
more to follow