Fascinations Metal Earth SR-71 Blackbird Airplane 3D Metal Model Kit
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- HOBBY MODEL KIT – Unassembled model packed in an envelope with easy to follow instructions. Ideal for ages 14 and up
- NO GLUE OR SOLDER NEEDED – Parts can be easily clipped from the metal sheets. Tweezers are the recommended tool for bending and twisting the connection tabs
- SR-71 BLACKBIRD – 1 Sheet Model with a moderate difficulty level. Assembled Size: 3.94 x 2.03 x 1.17 inches
- FROM STEEL SHEETS TO 3D – Pop out the pieces and connect using tabs and holes. Includes illustrated instructions
- HIGHLY DETAILED ETCHED MODEL – Display your 3D model once completed - collect and build them all
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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The Metal Earth models are amazingly detailed etched models that are fun and satisfying to assemble. Each model starts out as 4 inch square metal sheets and you simply pop out the pieces using wire cutters and follow the included directions to assemble your model. Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird was a long-range Mach 3.5+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. It was the first aircraft to be constructed mainly of titanium. At full velocity the airplane surface heats up to over 500 degrees. A total of 3,551 missions were flown and not one Blackbird was lost due to enemy military retaliation. The model is 3.95x2.05x1.15 inches when built. Difficulty level: Moderate. No glue or solder needed.
Warning – Contains Small Parts and Sharp Edges - Use Caution with young children
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Word of advice, small children will probably not have the patience or the fine motor skills necessary to build these.
Each review I write is solely based on my own experience and use of the product. I have not been paid, received free products, or discounts on any of the items I review. I like to keep my reviews “short and sweet”.
The biggest challenge with this kit is rounding the pieces properly. To properly reproduce the form of the real plane, the fuselage and engines require rounding and reverse-rounding nearby the join to the wings. Neither the instructions nor the pictured kit represent this properly. If you wish to make a more accurate model, this rounding can prove challenging due to the size of the pieces. However, if you are not this particular about the detail, then the kit is not too difficult to build. I would rate the difficulty of this kit as a 3 out of 5 if you follow the instructions directly, or 4.5 out of 5 if you try to properly replicate the real curves of the plane.
The finished model is a fairly decent representation of the real plane. The nose, cockpit and tail of the plane are tricky to form properly.
Disclaimer regarding bad reviews by others (I'm starting to post this on all my Metal Earth reviews now): Be careful when reading the bad reviews posted by some. Some people blame their inability to complete this style kit on the kit itself. Don't be fooled, the kit itself is very high quality. The detail is superb, and the metal pieces are sturdy if you don't bend them repetitively (as you would if you made a mistake). Hence, I continue to recommend these kits to experienced builders with good manual dexterity. This is probably better suited to adult builders.
On one hand, the finished project looks really cool and he seemed to like the present quite a lot (he got to work on it the moment he opened the present). On the other hand, it might have been a little too easy for him - he enjoyed the process of putting it together, but he finished it in less than half an hour. I was kind of hoping it might be a lengthier project, but I did purposely pick a simpler one, so I can’t complain. I’ll probably get him a more complex one next time.
It would be nice if the model could be slightly larger, but it still looks awesome nevertheless.
Only one sheet of parts, so this one is a little easier and simpler to build. Took about an hour to assemble.