Italeri 1/48 Lockheed TR-1A

9th SRW, US Air Force, USA

Right, a break from the pink Gulf War I aircraft: the black Lockheed TR-1A. This is Italeri’s kit, which I bought because I thought such a large aircraft in 1/48 was very cool. No aftermarket used on this one — everything is from the kit. It has raised panel lines, which at the time I didn’t mind too much, but now I would rescribe. This was a nice kit but I built it in a sloppy manner. A lot of the joints (mainly the pod-to-wing join) are quite rough. Finish is acrylic black with no clear coat. The plane is missing its periscope which got knocked off at some time in the last ten years, never to be seen again…

Year bought: 1995 (Antics, Guildford)

Year built: 1995 (Send Marsh, Surrey, UK)

© Copyright 2004. All Rights Reserved. Jonathan Bryon.


  1. Max Brandt · December 25, 2017

    Nice work, even for a “sloppy” build. Interesting subject matter, resin aftermarket update sets from Cutting Edge are long, long gone if you want to do any variant of the U-2. This article reminds me, I have the Airfix/not Airfix 1/72 scale kit of the U-2A/B/D offering I really should get to. Happy modeling! (^_^)


    • Jon Bryon · January 24, 2018

      Yep, IIRC, those sets were all mastered by Dave Aungst. As problematic as they were, I do miss CE.


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