Revell 1:72 scale Lockheed F-22 Raptor is a fairly accurate reproduction of the United States latest air superioty fighter. It is not without it's drawbacks however, just like its real life counterpart.
The F22 was devised to replace the aging F15 in 1981. After a lengthy competition between Lockheed and their various competitors, they were awarded the contract to develop their fighter in 1991. However, with cutbacks on defense the initial order was significantly reduced and their is no further intention to develop the aircraft. On july 21 2009 the order was given to stop production of the aircraft.
Now the kit itself has a fantastic amount of detail. This is not a big surprise for Revell Kits. It has a skill level of 4, 116 parts and once completed has dimensions of 264mm x 188mm. As with most kits, paint and glue are not included but decals are. They have been chosen to represent three different variants based at Langley, Virginia. Instructions as expected on Revell kits are clear yet detailed. The twelve page booklet guides you through construction in 61 steps.
There are multiple customisation options with this aircraft. Obviously you have the landing gear as in or out, but also because of the stelath element to this plane, the missiles are located in internal bays, so you have the choice of doors open or shut. You also have external fuel tanks.
My one problem does relate to the landing gear. I chose to go wheels up and probably should have figured the problem out a lot sooner during test fitting as the bay doors just do not fit and required a lot of filler. Also if you decide to leave the canopy up, you will need to shorten the hydraulic arm a little.
It's a good kit and a faithful reproduction, but the issues regarding the landing gear doors and canopy do grate a little. Espescially when you consider the price for this 1:72 kit is a bit higher than average. But overall if you like the plane, you're probably going to buy this kit.
Scale 1:72 Release date 03/2008 No. of parts 116 Length 264 mm Wingspan 188 mm Skill Level 4 Original details Type description Superiority fighter Year/Period 1997 Origin USA Engine capacity 2 x 15.810 kp Speed 2124 bhp The F-22 is the latest combat aircraft in active service with the US Air Force. This new fighter offers multi-role capabilities and its potential performance is superior to that of all competing contemporary types of aircraft. The F-22 will primarily replace the F-15 in its current role. It has a higher speed, longer range, the latest offensive and defensive avionics and good stealth characteristics. Equipped with two Pratt & Whitney F110-P-100 turbofan engines each with 10,701 kp thrust the F-22A, unlike the present generation of fighters, can reach a cruising speed of over Mach 1 without afterburner. In addition to a 20 mm cannon it has three internal weapons bays, located one on each side of the fuselage and one in the ventral position. They can accommodate guided missiles or GBU-32 bombs of the new JDAM generation. Due to its design and capabilities the F-22A is regarded as the Premium Fighter by the USAF and will also replace the F-117A Night Hawk. The 183 Raptors delivered to date are mainly in service with 1st Fighter Wing in Langley, Virginia, in addition to Elmendorf and Tyndall. Model-details: New Tool - Surface details with recessed panel lines - Detailed cockpit with filigree ejector seat - Detailed landing gear - Landing gear optionally extended or retracted - Detailed air intake ducts - Detailed exhaust nozzles - Detailed arrestor hook - 3 detailed weapons bays