Martin X-24A Lifting Body (1969)
About the Design
The Martin Aircraft X-24A was a second-generation lifting body designed to further investigate the properties of wingless flight. Powered by a single Thiokol reaction (rocket) motor, the craft made its maiden flight in April 1969 after being carried aloft by a B-52 bomber. Proving itself to be somewhat unstable, the X-24 was broken down and rebuilt as the more conventional-looking X-24B in 1973.
About the Kit
This 1/72 model of the X-24A is from the French Mach 2 kit, which came with scale replicas of both the X-24A and the upgraded X-24B. Like most Mach 2 kits, the plastic and the details were both rather soft. Flash was a problem, as was the fit of the cockpit canopy.
The model was built from an original issue