Nord 1500 Griffon II Experimental Aircraft (1955)
About the Design
The Nord 1500 Griffon II was one of several high-performance experimental aircraft built by France during the 1950s. This particular aircraft combined a turbojet with a ramjet to achieve speeds of Mach 2.19. First flown in September 1955, the Nord 1500 Griffon II made approximately 200 test flights before it was retired in 1959
About the Kit
Released in 2002, this mixed-media kit consisted of injection-molded polystyrene pieces for the main body, resin cockpit pieces, etched brass detailing, white metal (lead) landing gear and a vacuform canopy. The plastic itself was unusually "soft" -- almost rubbery -- and the decals were quite brittle. Extreme care was required to produce a display-worthy model.
This model was built from an original issue.