Boeing X-32 JSF

Italeri: Boeing X-32 JSF
Scale 1/72
Kit no #1208
price: around US 10,00
issued: November 2000

NOTE: some photos in this modelling report are small, made with the first generation digital JPG camera more than 15 years ago!

The Italeri kit of the X-32 is the first in this scale of the JSF. The kit is of the Boeing concept demonstrator, the actual JSF if selected of Boeing will be different, so you can only built this demo version. 

 x32  decals

The kit is typically Italeri with good parts and the usual instructions. 



However, unfortunately the kit has some serious errors:
1- the size and shape of the vertical fins is entirely wrong. 
I would recommend that the average modeller substitutes the two vertical fins with 2 new ones from card. That will definitely give a major improvement to this kit.

Shown lower kit part has the wrong chord and wrong sweep angle. 

 uncorrect (too wide)                   2 x 2mm  slots cut in

2- the intake is 4mm to width at the bottom; It is really not so difficult to correct and it will improve the look of this kit. Make two cuts as shown, bend together and glue together again. Looks difficult, is easy!


3- it seems that the wing is also suspicious.

corrected with putty put on

4- the tail area with the exhaust is not entirely right but is difficult to correct. Also the vertical fin should be nearly flush with the aft fuselage section. Difficult to correct.
5- the intake fairing on top of the fuselage before the left fin should be 15 mm long and 8 mm before the fin leading edge. 
Making a new one is recommended! 


Please note the following when you built this kit:
- The cockpit fairing on top of the fuselage is a little to "steep", but best to leave it that way otherwise you will have to make a new canopy.
- The cockpit will benefit from adding some more detail.
- The weapons bay can (after being positioned 6 mm more foward) be further detailed. It is necessary to fill the seam between the fuselage and parts no #22B and 23B. Do this before going on with assembly of the weapon-bay's doors. When you want to have these doors closed, you will need to fill the seams.
- The lower wing seams at the tips and the slats lower panelline needs to be filled with putty. 
- a nice touch are a number of modern USAF weapons included with this kit.

I personally cut-out the outher 2 slats and the avionics bay to give some more details.


A small set of decals is provided for a X-32 prototype. The color instructions are unclear, some variations are already seen on this prototype!
Next step ...
Boeing released some new pics on their website on the X-32 JSF, so.....

Well, I overlooked a big error in the wing position, so to get better results.. don't hesitate and cut-off the wings!
re-cut parts
The wing should be set 6 mm more forward relative to the fusealge. Also, the right main weapons bay should move with it! 
another view
The wing should also be a little more rounded and curved, but this can be left as is as it is virtually impossible to correct. Some sanding can improve the look though. 
side view cut off wings
The weapons bay on the right side should also move 6 mm forward (with the right wing...) , so I decided to cut "around it" as seen.

I removed the glued on vertical fins and flaps again so....

The wing should be:
- positioned 6 mm more forward on the fuselage..
- wing trailing edge of the inboard flap reduced 2 mm in size to correct for the too large root chord. 

The nice thing is that you can now also correct the shape at the vertical fins, which in fact should run flush with the fuselage. Sand flat...



Next step
The cut-off wings are now set 6 mm more forward on to the fuselage. 

baywing set forward
The right side fuselage weapons bay has also been moved forward. The part removed forward of the bay has been re-used to close the new gap at the rear.

No putty is set yet, but is needed to close all gaps and to get a smooth result.

Finishing the model  
The model having its "light grey" color, for which I used Humbrol 166 light satin grey (a mat sort of FS36440). 
I also picked out some leading edge panels in another light grey color. The avionics bay is also seen.

The Boeing aircraft is a real prototype aircraft; if the production version is build, it will have a horizontal stabilizer added...

Note cut out slats and dropped flaps on the model made.




And there it is... ready for virtual take-off..

X-32 JSF proto


JSF X-32

Boeing X-32



In November 2001, the DoD selected the Lockheed-Martin design as the JSF winner for Full Scale Development and System demonstration.  Checkout my F-35A JSF model from ACADEMY here....

Now lets check out the 1/72 Italeri X-35 kit JSF

 - More info about the real thing at
 - Air international December 2000
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