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Lockheed TR-1/ U-2R

RarePlane - Nr. RP8001 - 1:72

Boxart Lockheed TR-1/ U-2R RP8001 RarePlane


Title:Lockheed TR-1/ U-2R
Type:Full kit
Includes: Vacu, Whitemetal, Waterslide decals


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Edward May marked this item as tradeable/sellable.
18. January 2014 at 06:19:11 Share
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Edward May I remember those pictures, I often wondered to myself how he kept his parts and projects straight. I wish I could say the same, being a builder rather than a collector, but when my build progress slowed to a pace where I was building slower than acquiring new kits I suppose that made me a collector. I very rarely rely on aftermarket products, with the exception of a different set of decals here or there. The acquisition of True Details wheels for some of my projects is actually an absolute first for me. My idea of aftermarket prior to that? Evergreen sheets of styrene and different gauges of wire! As a matter of fact I tend to study images of photo etched brass sets and opened up fuselages revealing the set in its built state so as to reproduce it as closely as I can with scratch building. Oh! I nearly forgot I did invest in Aeroclub white metal accessories from time to time to replace crude looking 1/72 machine guns. I haven't the foggiest idea of where I am going to turn now that Aeroclub is out of action! :( I am honestly grateful for Airfix as well though I fear they may be overstretching themselves, as they are producing some AMAZING kits aren't they? I only have their new Bf-110C and Spitfire Mk.I/Ia thus far out of the new molds but I would like to get my hands on their new Bf-110E, Typhoon IB, Hurricane Mk.I (I've been trying to catch this one while its available but it keeps going out of stock before I get my chance!), Do-17Z - the first new one kitted since like the early '80s and of course - you said it - their new Swordfish. The last three mentioned are those I am anticipating most greatly though. I MIGHT snatch up a Vampire and Gnat down the line as well but my focus has always been primarily World War II related; Everything else generally comes second. Haha.. Lately, I'm not sure what's come over me, but I've developed a strong desire to build armor kits. A former acquaintance Ray Mehlberger tried desperately to get me to expand into armor a decade ago - even getting me to build a tiny 1/72 ESCI Pz.kpfw I and gifting me a Spojnya 1/35 7TP (The originator of the Mirage Hobby single turret 7TP,) but it didn't catch and I held onto that kit of the 7TP until my son expressed an interest in building armor kits. Over the course of a year I gifted him five armor kits, including the 7TP, all in 1/35 and six aircraft kits but rather than taking the time to sit down with his old man to build them he merely tore parts off of the sprues, dry fitted the parts in play and promptly lost far too many pieces to even consider building them. Of those kits I can salvage MAYBE five of them, two - maybe three armor and I -THINK- three aircraft. His Revell Hurricane is counted as one of those - but realistically the only way this will be salvageable is if I invest in a Squadron canopy for it. This served to prove a number of valuable lesson to me though; My son is not ready to become a serious model builder and I need to think more along the lines of how I started out, snap-tite kits and toys that required assembly before play. That's why I have Armorfast kits on my wish list, they're simple builds and intended to be used as game pieces. I'm considering EZ Build Pegasus 1/48 kits and Hobby Boss Easy Assembly kits for his first aircraft builds. Now as to my sudden desire to build armor - I don't know if it was borne from the paternal instinct of showing my son the skills, patience and discipline needed to bring a model kit of an interesting subject together or if its just that I've finally fallen in love with armor - just the way that Ray Mehlberger planned from the beginning. Haha...
14. February 2014 at 01:11:57
Keith Goodman Yep, since my buying to building ratio is around 5:1 I probably qualify as a collector myself. I figure my eyesight will go before I build half of them. Oh well, it's still entertaining. I love aftermarket parts when I can afford them - which isn't very often since they usually cost much more than the kit - so I usually do the same as you, just add a few bits of styrene and wire and call it "detailed".
Be careful fooling around with armor, it's addictive! Once you realize how much fun it is to paint rust, dust and caked on mud it's hard to walk away. Back in the 80's I built virtually every single 72nd scale ESCI/ERTL/AMT armor kit available, they were perfect TARGETS for my aircraft kits to strafe. I tend to have a bit of Attention Deficit Disorder so I'm always switching back and forth between Jets, Props, Helos, Armor, Trucks and even the occasional boat or spaceship, it keeps me from any possible boredom. Good luck with your son becoming your future modeling buddy. My sons built a few kits, but they never really got "hooked". Maybe I'll get a second chance some day with a grandson!
14. February 2014 at 20:51:39
Edward May Hello again! Sadly I believe my build/acquisitions ratio is a tad lower than yours so that dooms me with the title of collector. That said - at least I collect with the intent to build and seldom keep the kits boxed thereby devaluing them as potential collector's items! Haha.. Yes, evergreen styrene and stripped copper wire and I go back a ways. I wish I still had the build up photos from my Heller Breguet 693. I fell in love with that warbird at first sight and over the course of about three or four months I super-detailed the interior and exterior. I had build progression photos on my computer but sadly the hard drive got fried. While I don't remember the exact parts count I know that the parts count had more than tripled, it integrated an Aeroclub 7.5 mm MAC 1934 MG in the aft cockpit, engines pilfered from one of the two Italeri Go-242/244 kits I had since I intended to build one as a glider anyway and a fully scratch built interior that I can proudly say would rival Eduard's best efforts ... well ... my name is Edward ... maybe there's some sort of connection? Haha... Although I repositioned the control surfaces I didn't feel confident enough in dropping the flaps as I had no references to go by for that operation. (I had to go back and edit this section as I started to spell out step by step the details I added ... Haha...) I now have the Azur Breguet 695 - but also plan to get their 693 someday. Judging by the details included I don't think I'll have AS tough of a time detailing these girls. As for my Heller 693 it was one of the most harshly stricken aircraft when our home was vandalized and burglarized last year, had they not stolen my entire modeling tool chest and if I had any indication of who they were, I would have found new and creative ways for using my 'surgical instruments' to return the favor.
Yes, I have heard that armor modeling is strangely addictive. Although the singular Pz.Kpfw. I from ESCI in 1/72 I built years ago didn't phase me handling my son's armor kits had a profound impact. I've been scouring this site and increasing my wishlist by leaps and bounds ... and if they don't have a kit of something I might find interesting I scour the four corners of the internet searching for some obscure kit of that subject that has been produced but hasn't yet been logged in this site's database, log it, and add it to my bloody wishlist. Hahaha! Speaking of which, I found a site my father, were he in better health, would have loved to have known during his building years. There's a company that manufactures resin kits in several scales, from 1/43rd to 1/76th, on down into the lower train scales. When I was still in the early stages of primary - maybe a bit earlier - my father was an avid HO scale train fan and once dreamed of doing an HO scale diorama/train course of a WW2 battlefield.
That's right, I'm not the first generation of modeler in my family. In fact neither is my father. My grandfather on my mother's side was an avid model builder and like us ... a collector. When he passed he had four large cartons of unbuilt kits that were passed out among interested family members. My father was given a Monogram 1/72 AH-1 Cobra dual kit that came with a large clear stand for them to be displayed in flight formation. While those models did not survive our many relocations during my youth I eventually sourced the same kit from another modeller to build in his honor.
You are an ADD builder? For the record, medical professionals consider the term ADD as an obsolete term and it is now classified as one of the subtypes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I possess the same variety as you, I think. Though I am not bouncing off the walls with energy, so to speak, my mind is constantly racing and I am thinking of between six and eight different things at one time, so yes, I can relate to you in regards to switching gears rather quickly in terms of what you want to do from one moment to the next. They tried treating me with Ritalin during my later years of primary school but I hated it. Firstly, anytime I was physically active, such as running even 20-50 yards I would become overcome with nausea. Secondly, I constantly felt like my mind was foggy and I could only focus on one thing at a time. One could say that the second effect was the medication doing its job properly - but for someone who had already grown used to the multiple simultaneous thought process it was a hindrance.
My son on the other hand he has full blown ADHD and it isn't just of the mind - he has trouble even remaining in a seat for an extended period of time. Watching him at one point I burst out laughing. He started as being calm but as he got more and more enthusiastic about what he was reading, he started wiggling in his seat. The wiggling grew more and more noticeable until the next thing you know he's standing there in front of his chair looking down at what he was reading. Why did I laugh? It reminded me of a salmon frantically trying to swim up a small waterfall! Haha!
He obtained his love for aircraft from his grandfather and I, his favorite aircraft being the P-51D Mustang, F-14 Tomcat, B-17 Flying Fortress, and B-52 Stratofortress. (He keeps insisting that I build my Monogram 1/72 B-52D but I am hesitant as I am uncertain we are planning to remain here or if we are planning to move to a larger home this year - and transporting it without incurring damages would be a nightmare.)
His obsession with tanks was prompted by the online multi-player game called "World of Tanks". I have to admit that I had fun with that game as well - but I have even more fun with "World of Warplanes".
Grandchildren ... what a terrifying notion. I'll have you know I have a nearly 17 year old daughter that is a ditz and would run outside with a bowl and spoon if you told her that it was raining chocolate pudding. As a father ... I don't even want to think about the possible repercussions of her gullibility and how that might apply to grandchildren! She already has an online sweetheart as it stands..
I'm not sure if I mentioned this previously but my wife is also a builder, though not quite as active and enthusiastic about it as I am. She came within a hairs breadth of entering the Navy to pursue a career as a military nurse, following in her father's footsteps of being in the Navy. She settled on working as a CNA in the civilian market so that she could build a family with me instead though and chose to take up modeling as something she could do with me and still think about her father's legacy as a sonar operator/cook/deckhand on the U.S.S. King during the Vietnam War.
15. February 2014 at 09:36:25
Keith Goodman I had a 4' x 8' HO scale layout in my childhood and true HO scale vehicles were expensive and difficult to locate so I adapted a lot of Matchbox and Hotwheel cars, and all of the Airfix 1/76 military vehicles I could find (M4, Scammell, Sheridan, Churchill, Centurian, Leopard, Chieftain, etc.). I spent more time having mock battles than actually driving the train, but it was awesome!

Ha! Whatever they want to call it (ADD or ADHD), I might have a bit of it. I'm either completely ultru-focused on a project, or I'm distracted and work on a dozen things at once (making slow or little progress on everything). I'd have to say 80 percent of my kits are started, some of them are probably at least halfway completed. It's a bit crazy sometimes.

Your son is starting out right! Mustang, Fortress, Tomcat, etc. are all but required classic building! My third kit ever to build was a B-17, inspired by my Grandfather who was a ball-turret gunner.

You are a lucky man! I don't think any amount of incentive could get my wife to try her hand at building. She goes out of her way to pretend to be interested, but we both know it's all MY thing.
17. February 2014 at 22:05:04
Edward May That sounds to be about the same size as my father's display though he had quite a few HO scale vehicles, several buildings and lots of complex track work that had the train winding through the "community". My memories of it may be somewhat blurry but I clearly remember how proud my father was of his train set. Yes, I can honestly say my son is starting out the same way I did. My favorites at his age were the Corsair, Fortress and Tomcat. My first three builds were all Snap-Tites; F-4, F-14 and then F-18. Then I bit the bullet and moved up to a Monogram P-51B; Mind you those last three were purchased and built over the course of a two day crafts fair during which my father was selling hand fashioned fishing lures and my mother was selling dreamcatcher earrings - while I was left to wander and be generally bored out of my skull. I built those last three kits, after buying them from Benjamin Franklin Arts & Crafts store which was in the same strip mall the crafts far was being held in, in the far back of a Banana Yellow Ford Grand Torino Station Wagon ... Haha... Anyway after those builds I was hooked and built all of the Lindberg WW2 birds available at the time. (I distinctly remember coming home from school and building the Lindberg Me-163 from start to finish before dinner! Haha...) That Xmas I had asked for models and yet there were none under the tree. I tried to hide my disappointment and demonstrated gratitude for their going out of their way to provide me with such interesting gifts. Then my mother casually remarked; "You asked for models for Christmas this year, didn't you?" I hesitated before I replied in the affirmative. Then she followed up with, "I'm sorry we didn't buy you any.. but wait ... you haven't seen what Santa brought you yet, have you?" (Of course by that age my parents knew that I stopped believing in such a fairy tale several years prior.) I perked up, my father grinned, opened the cupboard doors on the coffee table and produced three more presents - Revell's B-17, B-24 and Lancaster. I practically danced for joy. Anyway, just thought I'd share with you those fond memories.
I usually have a handful of kits under construction, in a quasi-assembly line style format. I don't have the room in my current home to have a workbench with a lot of stuff out - plus with kids and cats that wouldn't be terribly wise anyway. Usually they are kits that will require the same colors or varieties of the same type of aircraft. (For example I built my two build-up B-25s at the same time.)
My wife decided on her own volition that she wanted to try her hand at model building. At first she started with Corvettes - her favorite type of sports car - and as her father's health has worsened she got into ships. A few months ago she stated that she wanted to standardize her selections as one scale and for all of them to be waterline models. She settled on 1/700 scale; A wise choice in my opinion. Nobody has done a model of the USS King in 1/700, but they've done some of her sister ships in limited run brands. I learned, after the fact, that the 1950s era Renwal USS King is in fact based upon the blueprints drawn up before the keel was even laid down - and by the end of its construction its deck layout was quite different!! I might not be so bothered by this fact if Angelina were an experienced modeler who could easily turn around and modify it up to period accuracy, but she isn't, and the bloody thing cost me $70! :(
Last night I told her that my contact with Rare Plane Detective sourced a 1/700 scale model of a Japanese Hospital ship, though I couldn't recall its name. She insisted that she wanted it - given that it combines her love for the world's navies and her previous career in nursing. Haha..
18. February 2014 at 00:31:46
Keith Goodman Ah the days when we could build a model and be happy in ONE DAY! Anything more than 2 days was an eternity for my early modeling projects. Of course I always spilled paint or glue on something and had to try to cover it up (shirt, pants, carpet, bed, you name it). When I was 5 years old, my Mom signed me up for some kind of model-of-the-month club. A model would come in the mail, I'd build it that day, then wait 30 days for another one. The "club" only lasted for about a half a year but I was completely hooked from then on. At the time I built any scale, any era, any subject. Sometimes I think I should go back to that policy. I'll still build just about anything but I got stuck on 72nd scale because I liked being able to compare subjects side-by-side and the small kits were cheaper and they still take up less room.
Your wife's hospital ship project reminds me of a female builder here in Texas that not only was a good builder but also had quite a sense of humor. She built an aircraft carrier with the deck full of flying pigs - she attached wings to small plastic farm animal pigs then painted them with crazy purple and pink spots, she titled it "Swine Flu Carrier". One of the most clever and entertaining builds I've ever seen.
19. February 2014 at 20:50:59
Edward May Haha! Yes those were the days, the closest I've come to that since was in building the Encore 1/72 Arado Ar-96 about a decade ago. Very easy assembly, hardly any filler necessary, fair detail with just a few bits added to the cockpit and wheel wells, RLM 02 overall paint scheme save for the RLM 71 prop blades. (Or is it 70? Can't remember off hand...) The decals were good quality and settled well with the Microscale line of products, masked the canopy, gave her a shot of Dullcoat - and voila it was done! All told I put maybe 4-5 hours of work into her, not counting drying times. She suffered some damage when our house was vandalized last year, the prop was never recovered, and one of the landing gear struts snapped off. Thankfully I was able to source a replacement for the strut from someone's scrapped Heller kit and someone else donated their Aero C.3 propellers to me to replace the prop - as its the same exact size and model of propeller for those Argus engines. I briefly went wonky with scales and built some cars, some 1/48 kits, and what not - but for the most part I stayed true to my father's preferred scale of 1/72. For me, it is for the same reasons as you, with the added perk of it being a second generation family tradition. My grandfather though he'd build ANYTHING and in any scale.
I would have LOVED to have been signed up for one of those modelers programs back when I was younger. As it was virtually all of my allowance money went to new models and to soda-pop until I started getting into other hobbies - thankfully nothing dangerous or illegal. Even then a sizable amount of my budget went to my styrene fix.
Wish me luck, I'm going to try to con the Mrs into allowing me to acquire a couple of kits off of Rare Plane Detective so long as I grab that Hospital ship for her as well since we have a slight budget surplus even after my orders to testors and squadron this month. ;) He's got two Mirage 1/72 7TP Light tanks, one with the single turret and the other with the twin turret for $12 a pop. My son utterly ruined that Spojnya kit by dry fitting parts and losing track of some in the process then to top it off he stepped on one of the sprues breaking several pieces. Its spares fodder now. Sadly his 1/35 M3 Lee suffered the same fate - something he greatly regrets. He's been saving his allowance though so I'm thinking of trying to source him another kit of it - but he'll be paying for it this time in full. Why the M3 Lee and the Jagdpanzer 38[T] Hetzer-Starr are his two favorite pieces of armor I'll never quite understand but - more power to him if he has the motivation to go through with acquiring and building them. (With help, of course.) ... CRAP! I just realized I forgot to grab a bottle of Panzergrau. Oooh boy... this will be fun explaining that foul up. My two favorite tanks at the present time are; Pz.Kpfw. V Panther and that new concept stealth tank Poland just rolled out, the PL-01. I don't know how it'll stack up against the world's best, the T-90, but check it out anyway;
That spoof build of that female modeler you mentioned had my wife, father and I in stitches. A good friend of mine who now, sadly, is suffering from severe dementia had a few joke builds like that as well. He had a toy shark that he fitted with tank treads, burned down a cigar butt and put it in the corner of it's mouth and affixed a derby hat to the top of it that was more or less to scale - referencing someone everyone on the east coast refers to as the land shark. He's a low-baller who goes to conventions and tries to haggle prices of kits up for sale down to bare bones prices and he was even banned from several conventions for selling collectors issue model kit boxes, supposedly still factory shrink wrapped, that when opened contained only random spare parts and empty sprues. For the life of me I can't recall that man's real name. My friend's name is Jim Marrs, the man behind the cottage industry of Ready Room, that came out with a few conversion sets - one for a Skyraider and another to build the Piper Enforcer, both in 1/48th. He taught me a lot about building over our years of online correspondence and at one point we were even planning to meet and go have a drink of Irish whiskey at his favorite pub, a place called "The Spanked Puppy", in Colchester VT. I lost track of him for a few years after we were forced to change our phone number and we were unable to afford long distance fees with our then very tight budget so I couldn't even tell him the new number. I looked him up a few months ago and discovered that he made headlines - having disappeared from his home and was found days later, disoriented, dehydrated, suffering from exposure and was in diabetic shock in a ravine about a half mile from his home. I've since tried his phone - but it's disconnected. His long time friend and partner in crime, the brains behind the famed "Parts Yard" service, Jean-Marc Perrealt had also lost contact with him and hadn't heard about the event I just mentioned.
I sincerely hope he's doing better and that it wasn't true dementia - but rather just his blood sugar running ridiculously low.
19. February 2014 at 21:42:30
Keith Goodman Sorry to hear about the home invasion, glad you were able to salvage the Arado. Nice lines on those birds, they always looked a bit ahead of their time.

Wow that PL-01 looks like something out of an Alien movie or Terminator! I hadn't seen that before. Can't wait to build one some day (I can dream they'll make a kit).

The world's best T-90?! You may want to check the score card on the Leopard II (and maybe the Abrams) before you hand out that trophy. ;)

The Land Shark build sounds great. I really admire builder's who are able to think "out of the box". Something I really want to give a try one of these days. Of course I can barely finish a kit as it is much less make up a custom project without instructions to follow.

I've seen a few of the Ready Room products before, one was for a modified P-51D Mustang with wingtip gas tanks as used in the 1960's, really cool. I hope he's doing better.

Well I just finished posting a Revell M997 Humvee Ambulance on my site, it feels good to finish something, it's been too long. Now maybe I can make some progress on this Kamov Ka-27. I can't seem to get the day-glo red color figured out. Wish me luck.
20. February 2014 at 19:36:14
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