Landing gear

Painting and weathering the landing gear of the SR-71 Blackbird by Italeri


Build timeline

This is the part I have enjoyed the most, mostly because I love working on the details with a pen. The landing gear is usually just painting, and the most detailed part in the aircraft, probably because of the all exposed hydraulic mechanism and wires. An experienced modeler would take it to next level and make the tires look real, maybe a little bit flat at the bottom from the pressure. But I really did the simplest thing I can do, and that is just painting.

SR-71 Landing gear
SR-71 Landing gear

I tried to match the exact same colors, but eventually, I think I went a little bit off. But overall I think it’s not that bad for the first time painting.


Bojan Vidanovic is a computer programmer, specialized in front-end web development. Love making internet products, blogging, learning, reading, calisthenics and fitness enthusiast.