MBB Lampyridae German Stealth Fighter Prototype (1987)
About the Design
In the 1980s, the German company Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB) developed a 3/4 testbed for a top-secret Medium Range Missile Fighter (MRMF) code named "Lampyridae" (Firefly). Using a polyhedral airframe that eschewed right angles and curved surfaces to avoid radar detection, the "Lampyridae" completed several successful tethered test flights before the project was cancelled in 1987. Eerily similar to the then top-secret American F-117 Stealth Fighter, the "Lampryridae" was considered by many to actually have superior radar-avoidance properties even though it had only half the number of facets of its American counterpart.
About the Kit
Although documentation on the Lampyridade is scarce, Unicraft managed to come up with a credible resin facsimilie, which it released in 2005. There are few surface details -- such as panel lines --and no pilot figure was included with the kit.
This model was built from an original issue.