Please don't ask about the status.
I will be continuing the project in the future!
There is still a whole bunch of work required to bring this to kit form.
I really wish that I could work on it full time, but for now I have to keep producing other smaller products to survive as a business.
I will post new updates and let you all know as soon as I am working on it again.
Price will be determined when it is close to being finished.
The Northrop YF-23 Black Widow II Advanced Tactical Fighter.
Such a beautiful airplane that I just had to have one…In 1/32 of course!
This is a project that I began about 10 years ago and put on hold when life got in the way…
About three years ago I dug it up and started working on it again with plans to start Zactomodels once it was finished. Then Trumpeter went and released one of my other favorites, the Su-27. I set the YF-23 aside planning to do a nice OOB Flanker… (Trumpeter 1/32 Su-27 ..., How long have we wait...)
The Flanker parts are done, Zactomodels exists and I just had to get back to the YF-23. Unfortunately I didn’t end up with a nice finished Flanker sitting next to my Mig-29. Maybe some day…
I want to thank Bela. He not only graciously set his YF-23 aside and agreed to work on one his other projects, but also exchanged YF-23 references with me as well.
Cheers my friend! I look forward to seeing your birds!
Any other references, especially the cockpit, weapons-bay and exhausts would be greatly appreciated
Unfortunately I don’t have pics of the early stages of the build.
I hand carved it from blocks of 12lb. sign foam that were pinned together. Spackled, primed, puttied, primed, puttied, primed, puttied, primed, puttied, primed, puttied, primed, puttied, primed, puttied and primed until I was happy with it.
I then mounted the fuselage halves, boxed them and poured a mold. Next I removed the pattern from the mold and added a wall thickness using sheet wax and clay. I then poured the second half, the inner core of the molds.
Next I casted a copy which I am now detailing to use as the master pattern for the finished model.
This post has been edited by Zactoman: 06 September 2012 - 09:26 PM