Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA4607: Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning I1 ZM138, 17 Squadron Royal Air Force, Dec 2015. Only 500 produced. RRP £75.00.
The Hobby Master F-35B can be configured for display in the Vertical Take-Off/Landing mode (with open lift-fan doors and rotated exhaust nozzle) or in the forward flight mode (with closed lift-fan doors) and rear-facing exhaust nozzle. Complete with the usual pilot figure, optional position undercarriage and cockpit canopy, weapon load plus display stand.
The first Lockheed Martin F-35B ZM-135 BK-1 was delivered to the British on July 19, 2012 at a ceremony held at the Fort Worth, Texas factory. This marked the first delivery to an international customer. The fourth F-35B ZM-138 BK-4 completed its maiden flight on December 2, 2015 and along with BK-1, BK-2 was sent to the 17 (Reserve) Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards AFB, California. In 2017 ZM138 went to the RAF 17 Squadron and will operate from the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers.
The Lockheed F-35 is an advanced stealth fifth generation fighter combining speed and superb agility. There are three variants; F-35A, B and C. The F-35A CTOL (Conventional Take Off and Landing) and has four internal weapons stations in two weapons bays plus three optional external weapons stations. The F-35B STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing) variant while the F-35C is a CV (Carrier Variant). The F-35 will replace the USAF A-10 and F-16, the F/A-18 for the USN and the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the USMC.