Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II
101, VFA-101 "Grim Reapers", CAG Bird, 2013
True 1/72 scale.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.
Optional armament provided.
Canopy can be displayed open or closed.
Pilot figure included.
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.
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.
On February 14, 2013 the first Lockheed Martin F-35C production model 168733 c/n CF-06 completed its maiden flight. On April 24, 2013 it was assigned to VFA-101 "Grim Reapers" based at Eglin AFB Florida. The "Grim Reapers" were formed in 1952 disestablished in 2005 and reestablished in 2012 as a USN F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron and training facility for Joint Strike Fighter pilots and maintainers. All these units are subordinate to 33rd FW. In 2016 168733 transferred to VX-9 "Vampires" at China Lake California Naval Air Weapons Station.