Hobby's 1/48 scale
by Marcel Meres
Hobby's 1/48 scale X-15A-2 is available online from Squadron
The Cockpit and Canopy Section:
in X-15 kit is partly
visible here, with
seat and some detail
upgrades. The roof of the
canopy is flat without detailing in
kit, so it needed some work according to
the way, to cut out the oval windows from the clear plastic and then
place them into their openings was really something
not wish to attempt,
but it was not so hard to do when I
The Nose Section:
nose landing gear is visible here. The nose landing gear door with its
smaller airbrake/door are made new of the styrene and soda can. It is
attached to the nose gear assembly, which was built using polished
alluminium tubes, thin metal stripes and the original resin wheels.
Hot-nose colors I tried to make using polished HUMBROL Metal Cote and
ALCLAD over glossy black base.
pitot-type sensors are probably better and qucker to make brand new as I
did, not to upgrade those included in a kit.
The Rear Section:
is the rear section of a X-15 Bird. The airbrakes are scratch built. The
styrene was used for outside surfaces, which are plane plates and very
thin metal foil was formed into corrugated inner plates. The internal
structure of brakes are made of styrene too.
airbrake actuators are replacing those resin ones included in the kit.
I made them of styrene and metal tubes of various diameters pushed one
ito another. The same mechanizm was used for both upper and lower twin
Similar metal tubes, needles and wires were used also for the rear dump
(vent) lines and the upgrade of a resin ground transport dolly included
in the X-15 kit. The dolly included in X-15 kit needs to be rebuild
significantly or better to be made brand new if you want to resemble
closely the reality. To tell you the truth, I have done only part of
helium tank sitting just to the rear of the vertical stabilator is a
metal bullet which changed the original, partly „amorphous“ resin part.
their flights painted overall black.
After servicing, rebuilding and under extreme flight conditions the
black color is depicted at many photographs „patchy“ and in many various
shades and glosses. I tried to simulate this using high glossy ALCLAD
black base sprayed at first, covering it with various greys, browns,
blacks, metallic colors and varnishes. The small decals are partly
overcoated by matt black.
white USAF and yellow NASA lettering, 66671 numbers and also the
national insignia were airbrushed over black surface, and weathered by
water sanding and overspraying. All the masks were made in Adobe
Illustrator software according to the original decal sheet included in a
Special Hobby kit and then plotted /placed on the X-15 bird and
propellant tanks were polished into high shine, then covered by thin
ALCLAD black base color and finally two different ALCLAD Alluminium
shades were applyed.
Special Hobby X-15A-2 is a very very fine short run kit as I see it
today. And I am still thinking about building another one: white or pink
skinned this time!
bulding the skid main gear in extended position would be the great
the next time,
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by Marcel Meres
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14 June, 2005
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