Golden Age Hobby Kits, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Golden Age Hobby Kits
GA 72-01 - Bell X-2
||28 parts in
low-pressure injection moulded plastic; 1 part in clear.
Will be available online
from Hannants and other retailers
||Good decals; clear
canopy; crisp surface detail; interesting and important
imperfections on bottom of wing
||Highly Recommended to
Reviewed by Mick Evans
X-2 was an AAF/Bell project that flew three supersonic flight
research aircraft powered by liquid rockets. Originally designated
XS-2 the X2 was the first swept wing X rocket plane.
The aircraft exceeded Mach 3, but in course of doing so uncovered
the supersonic problem of inertial coupling. On its last flight the
aircraft crashed and the pilot was killed.
Providing stability and control for aircraft flying at high
supersonic speeds was only one of the major difficulties facing
flight researchers as they approached Mach 3. At speeds in that
region they knew that they would also begin to approach a “thermal
barrier”, severe heating effects caused by aerodynamic friction.
The X-2 was constructed of stainless steel and a copper-nickel
alloy, and powered by a two-chamber XLR25 2,500 to 15,000lb (11 to
67 kN) thrust throttleable rocket engine.
This is the first Golden Age model kit that I have seen and I am
On opening the box we are presented with a very simple but nicely
detailed 1/72 scale kit of the Bell X-2. There are 28 plastic
styrene parts and one clear canopy parts in this kit.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The parts of this limited run kit are attached by light sprue gates
and have no flash on any of the parts. Having built many limited run
kits over the years I have been impressed by the constant
improvement in the detail and moulding that these manufactures are
applying to the mouldings. The detail in this kit is nothing short
of superb. Every panel line is crisply replicated and every piece of
surface detail is present. The only problem that I could see was
there are some surface moulding faults on the underside of the left
hand wing, but these should be easy to remove with a sharp hobby
Adequate cockpit detail is provided for what will be visible through
the canopy. There is a cockpit floor, instrument panel, control
column, and rear bulkhead provided.
The exhaust nozzle area is very detailed and looks to be very
accurate to the photographs that I have seen. A good representation
of the main landing skid bay is provided but some of the landing
skids require some clean up and refinement.
The decals are crisp, accurate in colour and in register.
The kit is quite simple in terms of the number of parts and a trial
fit of the major parts shows no real issues with fit. I think that
this will make into a very nice and accurate little kit.
Highly recommended for modellers with a little experience.
Thanks to Golden Age Models for the review sample.
Golden Age Model kits,
in addition to other Olimp kits are
available online from Hannants'
website and other specialist retailers worldwide
Text Copyright © 2007 by Mick Evans
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
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24 December, 2007
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