Lockheed XF-90 Penetrator
HyperScale is proudly supported by
With further development, Kelly Johnson's XF-90 Penetrator could have
been a great jet had it not been canceled. Westinghouse could not
provide decent engines for the aircraft on time and the F-86D ate its
It was common knowledge that both Lockheed XF-90 prototypes were used
as dummies and destroyed in nuclear explosion tests after their project
was canceled. Apparently, one has been recovered from the site and will
be returned for restoration to the USAF museum.
This is a very sexy plane straight out of the era when jets had
1/48 Scale XF-90
The Collect-Aire kit is a great representation of this plane.
It is mastered by my favorite Russian maker. His work will become
readily recognizable after you buy a few of the kits mastered by him.
The resin pieces are molded in the states and the resin quality is very
good. It has to be because this is a natural metal aircraft and all
defects will show.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
There is enough detail for the cockpit area and very little is needed
to spruce it up (seatbelts, a couple of wires, etc.).
The kit offers the airbrakes in the deployed position. The wheel bay
doors can be shown in the completely open position with all the
actuators present. The air intakes offer nice detail and are smartly
executed. The rudder comes as a separate piece so you can position it.
In general, the kit fits very well and very little putty was
The plane was sprayed with a few coats of heavily diluted automotive
lacquer and polished in earnest with very fine polishing cloths starting
from 3200 all the way to 12000. Once I could practically see my face in
the finish, I used Alclad II shades to deliver the natural metal finish.
The plane had some polished aluminum panels, especial at the front
fuselage. Those were done per Alclad II instructions with an undercoat
of gloss black.
At the end I used some SNJ powder to blend and tone down all the
metal shades. Not too much rubbing because it will take off the Alclad
II. Also I chose not to polish things too much. Real airplanes do not
look like that since Aluminum goes dull fast. The decals provided are
very close to what the prototype had in the photos I have gathered.
For references I used the old Airpower issue pictured and the August
2002 Flight Journal.
In general this was a very pleasing project of a plane that I don't
think we will ever see in injected form. It looks great next to its kin
from the same glorious era of jets.
Very highly recommended as a kit. If you have some metal finish
experience, go for it. This is probably the only way to have an XF-90 in
your display case!
Click on the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2002 by
Page Created 22 May, 2002
Last Updated 04 June, 2007
Back to HyperScale