This is one of the nicest kits I have ever built, well worth the price. 368 pieces can be turned into a beautiful representation of the premier single seat fighter of today.

       The F-22 began life in an 1970's procurement progam. The United States Air Force was trying to find a replacement for the McDonnell/Douglas F-15 Eagle Air Superiority fighter and what they ended up with was a super maneuverable stealthy fifth generation air dominance weapons system. “Lockheed Martin claims that the Raptor's combination of stealth, speed, agility, precision and situational awareness, combined with air-to-air and air-to-ground combat capabilities, makes it the best overall fighter in the world today”

       Hasegawa has done this technological marvel justice by producing an excellent scale plastic representation. Hasegawa kit # PT45 “F-22 Raptor” contains 8 grey plastic trees, 2 soft plastic trees and 2 clear and 2 smoke tinted trees. The decal sheet is amazing, there are decals everywhere.

       Because the Raptor’s exterior is painted with special paint that seems to change depending on the angle it is viewed at, I chose to use the kit recomended paints which were Gundam Mr. Color paints that were not available at my local area hobby store. Searching on line I was able to purchase the paints from various sources. By the time I had purchased the paint and paid for shipping I had invested as much money as what the kit cost.

       My normal technique is to paint and assemble the interior and then glue the fuselage and wings together making sure all the seams have disappeared before applying the exterior paint. In this case I broke from tradition by painting and assembling the cockpit tub and weapons & landing gear bays and putting them aside. I then painted the upper and lower fuselage halves before attaching all of the previous assemblies. I then glued the upper and lower halves together. Thanks to the magnificent fit of this kit the method worked.

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