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Kitty Hawk 1/48 scale F-35B Lightning II

By Matthew Walker
Published: January 7, 2013

This 1/48 scale F-35B, only the second kit from a new model company, Kitty Hawk, is a welcome release. Opening the box reveals 208 pieces, all of which (except the six clear parts) are molded in a dark gray, oily, soft yet brittle plastic that likes to tear as you remove it from the sprue. Surface detail includes both engraved and raised panel lines. The LO (Low Observable) radar-absorbent material panels are well depicted. Doors for the undercarriage and jet/fan inlet/exhaust are molded to be open; some modification would be required to model them closed.

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