SMN report: Hasegawa’s online retailers are taking orders for likely delivery by the end of the month, so we’d advise putting in that order if you’re as keen on modelling the F-35 as we are.
About the F-35
The F-35 is a so-called ‘5G’ or fifth-generation fighter design, incorporating stealth features into the airframe. Perhaps the biggest difference this makes is that the somewhat tubby design has room for carrying weapons internally, sawtooth bay doors shown below. Hanging missiles off the wings makes any aircraft distinctly unstealthy, as there are then plenty of spiky features for enemy radars to home in on.
It remains to be seen whether the F-35 will radically outperform existing fighters, like the Saab Gripen, Eurofighter Typhoon, or Boeing F/A-18 Hornet. We’re looking forward to the results of simulated air combat during Red Flag aerial combat exercises in years to come.