A titanium body, to withstand the temps generated at the speed this beast was capable of on a sustained basis, that leaked gas like a sieve until the panels heated up and expanded, was just one of thousands of technological firsts this plane gave to avionics and aeronautics. The Yanks had to bullshit the Ruskies that all the titanium they required to build the thirty odd things was going to be used to make spoons or bedpans for the Hollywood elite to avoid raising their suspicions . . . .
I know, this is just a model, but who the fuck can afford a real one, and besides, there's oodles of miles of footage on the genuine, erection inducing, full size, 1:1 version . . . . however, there are fuck all, insanely detailed, fully flying, JET POWERED, radio controlled model Blackbirds just blobbing about in every suburban garage . . . . and that's why it's here, the whole shebang is clearly the brainchild of a bloke, German I believe, who has slipped his moorings and slid off into the ether of a parallel universe . . . . so please, even if you generally think model planes are for geeky man-boy accountant types, loosen the fuck up and check this shit out . . . . THIS IS VERY COOL !!!!