Revealing images of the completed prototype
We can now reveal the photoshoot of our highly anticipated Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" model at 1:40 scale. Strictly limited to an edition of just ten pieces, seven of these models have already been delivered to discerning clients around the globe. We are now accepting orders on the remaining three aircraft replicas.
At 1:40 scale, the "Blackbird" model measures 820mm long and is mounted as if in flight, suspended above the black silk finished base on a black aluminium column. The use of blueprints and archival imagery have allowed us to perfectly capture every detail at scale to create a model indistinguishable from the real aircraft in photographs.
Individual panels and finishes were extrapolated from original technical drawings and images of the plane exhibited at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. 3D printing technology is used to produce the majority of the components, before our model makers use traditional machining and hand working techniques.
No reconnaissance aircraft in history has operated globally in more hostile airspace or with such complete freedom than the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. With a futuristic organic design that originated back in the 1950s, it remains the world's fastest jet-propelled aircraft more than two decades after its final retirement.
Our model replicates US Air Force SR-71 A (SN 61-17972) as it was on its record-breaking final flight in the hands of pilot Lieutenant Colonel Ed Yielding and reconnaissance systems officer Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Vida. After averaging 2,124mph (3,418 km/h) across its 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 20 seconds flight, it remains the world's fastest jet-propelled aircraft more than two decades after its final retirement.
Please note that, due to the large size of this piece and complexities of shipping, additional costs will be calculated and billed separately based on delivery location.