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This model has a long story. Actually years before the model, as a teenager in the 80's I kept a binder/scrapbook with every little tidbit about the Stealth Fighter. Folks my age and older will remember a time when the rumors of the Stealth Fighter program in the 70's and 80's was sort of like the rumors of the Loch Ness Monster, yet the rumors were everywhere, consistent and persistent.

Once the F-117 was declassified in late 1988, the word was that, yes, photos had been taken of the Have Blue XST aircraft, and, no, they would NEVER be released to the public.

I remember the wonderful day in the early 1990's when that changed and two photos were published. What an amazing aircraft it was to me. Love at first sight including that bizarre camouflage. I had just been in flight school and my ground school instructor had even been a C-141 pilot on the Have Blue program.

 

Fast forward to Summer 1994. Saw an advertisement for an Pegasus-brand injected kit of the aircraft in FineScale Modeler through Squadron Mail Order. Not usually an impulse buyer, I was on the phone the moment I got home with the magazine to order mine!

And over many years I kept studying the kit wondering how to tackle it. Years turned to a decade. Then more than that.

Finally officially started it in about 2012, 18 years after purchase. A block sander was the most perfect tool for the large facets of the undersides. Brass mesh for the intakes REALLY made a difference in the appearance. Testors/Italeri F-5E landing gear. Lost the canopy, but since it was so horribly molded anyway I was better off making it with clear plastic sheet that had been packaging for something-or-other.

And over three years I struggled with the paint colors. Nothing seemed right. At long last I settled on the following: 36440, 30277, 35237 and black.

The fact that the tails aren't tall enough aren't enough to make me want to redo them; there comes a point where you're just glad it's over!

So here she is, very not-perfect but patiently waiting 22 years for her unveiling, the Pegasus 1/72 XST (Experimental Stealth Tactical), Project Have Blue.

 

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Edited by Andrew D. the Jolly Rogers guy
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And over many years I kept studying the kit wondering how to tackle it. Years turned to a decade. Then more than that.

Finally officially started it in about 2012, 18 years after purchase. A block sander was the most perfect tool for the large facets of the undersides. Brass mesh for the intakes REALLY made a difference in the appearance. Testors/Italeri F-5E landing gear. Lost the canopy, but since it was so horribly molded anyway I was better off making it with clear plastic sheet that had been packaging for something-or-other.

And over three years I struggled with the paint colors. Nothing seemed right. At long last I settled on the following: 36440, 30277, 35237 and black.

The fact that the tails aren't tall enough aren't enough to make me want to redo them...comes a point where you're just glad it's over.

So here she is, very not-perfect but patiently waiting 22 years for her unveiling, the Pegasus 1/72 XST (Experimental Stealth Tactical), Project Have Blue.

Excellent work! And one of only five finished ones that I know of :-) Your inlets and canopy look very good, showing me the way to go. I'm still fighting with mine, that I will probably paint in the more boring gray scheme.

Rob

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I have that kit and given what you started with, very good job. The landing gear was an inspired choice and perhaps not far from the truth given those F-5 gears got used in a lot of experimental aircraft due to how simple they are to maintain.

Only thing that might improve it a little would be perhaps using some ultra-fine polishing cloths to try and knock off some of those black camo overspray areas. I've used it with success on my models from time to time. Although if you put a clearcoat on already... could be a little tough since you would have to sand through the clearcoat to get to the paint layers. Otherwise, given how small the model is, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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