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“The Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE) was a propulsion flight experiment for advanced space vehicles such as the X-33 and reusable launch vehicle. A linear aerospike rocket engine was integrated into a semi-span of an X-33-like lifting body shape (model), and carried on top of an SR-71 aircraft at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Because no flight data existed for aerospike nozzles, the primary objective of the LASRE flight experiment was to evaluate flight effects on the engine performance over a range of altitudes and Mach numbers.”
Excerpt from: Kimberly A. Ennix , Griffin P. Corpening , Michele Jarvis , Harry R. Chiles, ‘Evaluation of the Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE) Oxygen Sensor (1999)’.”

Two years ago I purchased Tony Landis’ “Lockheed Blackbird Family Photo Scapbook” with hopes to build one of the YF-12s using the long out of production 1/48 Testors kit. I was immediately intrigued by the cover photograph which had a NASA SR-71 carrying a strange wedge mounted on a long “canoe” riding on the back of the jet. I did some internet research and changed my mind to build the 1/48 Testors SR-71 with the LASRE riding on its spine. The only way to go about building this project was to scratch-build anything that wasn’t part of the jet along with getting custom decals for the LASRE system, as well as the NASA logo on the jet’s tails.

Here are some images of the finished model. Chris











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Nice job sir. Great to see a different subject and you pulled it off very very well.
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A+ work! It's amazing how even a model of the SR-71 looks fast!
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That looks incredible! Love the way you handled all the black too - you can't call black boring when it looks like that! Very impressive and unique subject.
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WoW! Great job esp with the finish.
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I was fortunate enough to get to see Chris' beautiful Blackbird up close this weekend at JAXCON. It really is impressive in person, as the photos do not do it justice. Incredible build.
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Chris that is awesome!!! You did a great job!!!
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Default Thanks everyone

It was kind of a fun build if you can believe it. I built the LASRE first, because I wasn't planning on suffering all the way to come up short.

I painted it Gunze enamel "metallic black". The "pie slices" we're randomly masked and painted a different shade of the metallic black using dark grays and/or other metallic shades. I actually mixed the different shades in my airbrush's color-cup. I didn't pay attention to which slice I was painting to keep things blind and random.

Weathering was using artist oils as a dot filter. It was easier than I thought.

I dumped AKI airfield dust powder into the corrugated areas, blew excess out with canned air, and the. Rubbed my fingers to remove from the raised areas.

Lastly, I used Alclad flat as the final coat.

Probably the most important thing I did was buy the fan tip for my Grex airbrush. It shoots a narrow blade of paint with great coverage. Each side only took a few minutes to paint.

Thanks again for all the nice compliments.

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Chris,
Nice build man, glad it picked up some hardware at Jaxcon. Going to the Richmond show?

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Very cool build!

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Glad to see this one finished. Great job! Now on to the B-47!
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Awesome build !!! Very realistic Sir !!!
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What a cool jet and nice build. Thanks for sharing.

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One beautiful Blackbird! Very well done Sir!
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One beautiful Blackbird! Very well done Sir!
Thanks guys.

I'm tempted to build my YF-12 now.

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Wow!:

Are you kidding me? That rocks!!!! Great job on some scratch building Dude! Def a contest killer there! Great on the weathering too. Sweet!

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