Hasegawa Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk in 1/72 Scale

Here is Hasegawa’s Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter.  I think of these as being “modern”, but they’re already retired.  Hard to believe.  I’m old.   This is a relatively simple kit.  The plastic is harder than usual, must be to absorb radar energy better.  It’s also much bigger than I expected, I kept checking to make sure it was the proper scale.  Quite a lot can be seen even with the canopy closed due to the large flat panels.  I used the Eduard mask set which saved time with the sawtooth frames.  The fuselage seams needed filled on the underside, as do the wing joints. The clear sprue contains a solid nose weight.  This was barely enough to keep the nose down, the model will sit on its tail if positioned that way.  I’d add just a bit more weight just to be sure if building another.













10 thoughts on “Hasegawa Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk in 1/72 Scale

  1. Lovely model. Ah, yes. The famous Stealth Fighter that isn’t really a fighter and shouldn’t have the F-117 designation (but that’s another story). I remember when these were such a big thing back in the 90s. Their alien appearance spawned all sorts of silly conspiracy theories and they ushered in the “stealth-era”. Hollywood gobbled it up because “stealth vehicles” = futuristic and ultra-tactical! Nowadays, it seems like every other plane, ship, tank, and uniform needs to have stealth characteristics. Blah!

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