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Italeri 1/48 F-22 Raptor

F-22A Raptor
By: Jerry Stanfield
Manufacturer: Italeri
Scale: 1/48
Product No: ITA0850
MSRP: $39.50
Materials: Injection molded styrene, waterslide decals
Available from: Wherever Italeri is sold

This 1/48 scale Italeri F-22 was on its way to the great trash heap in the sky when three things happened. First was that two of its big brothers showed up at Hickam Air Force Base. Second, I had committed myself to a small model display at one of the medical modules at the VA Medical Center. And third, I had promised a model to the son of an associate.

The basic kit was completed sans the horizontal stabilizers, flaps and landing gear, and was painted overall with a 99 cent rattle can grey primer. After the initial application of paint, it was necessary to reglue some busted seams and apply (a lot) more putty. At this point sheer dumb luck stepped in at Walmart, in the form of a new darker grey Krylon 10 Minute Primer ( almost $4.00 naturally) . A quick test demonstrated an almost perfect contrast that matched the camouflage of the real bird. Photos show the masking technique I employed using card stock, double stick mounting tape, and 0000 steel wool to knock down over spray. Finally being a fan of JDAM ordinance, I decided to build the version that the HiANG will use if they ever have to drive invading enemies from Koohalawe. Not very stealthy but sorta cool. The decals were no problem and snugged down nicely with Mr. Mark Setter. The HH tail codes were printed on typing paper and glued to the fins.

Finally, it is absolutely amazing what a $100.00 custom case can do for a $2.00 model

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