See the poster above? It appears to advertise the Northrop/Loral F-19 Specter
, a stealthy plane designed in the 70s and produced in the 80s, much like the F-117 fighter. Was it so secret that you haven't heard of it?
No, but if you put together model airplanes, you may have heard of it:
Yup, that's it -- my favorite model of my youth. I had been given one when I was probably around 11 or 12. I grew up, moved on, but after my divorce I needed a hobby...so I started building model airplanes again. I was about as good at it as I was when I was young, but it kept me out of trouble.
One day, I went to the old, somewhat shoddy hobby shop in town. On a shelf I found a very dusty box -- that faux stealth fighter of my youth. I bought it, brought it home, and put it together. Want to see it? It's standing in for the real thing in these pictures
. Don't trust anything you read on the internet -- it might just be produced by the fevered mind of an obsessed hobbyist. (more on the subject at CQ)
Labels: f-19, hobby, model airplane, monogram, northrop, stealth