Text by Kaan Gök
I have a strong desire to build modern jets, and I wanted to build the YF-23 prototype as soon as I saw it for the first time. (That was a long time ago). After a ten year wait, I recently managed to finish one using the Italeri (Tamiya Boxing) kit. When I told Ufuk Aydiner that I was building a YF-23, he decided to build his YF-23 kit too, which resides in his to-do model pile. After a short e-mail discussion, we decided to build our kits as both prototypes. I built the first prototype (800), and he built the second prototype (801)
Ufuk decided to build his YF-23 out of the box, but I decided to add a cockpit and detail the kit a bit. I used Eduard's photoetch sheet for the 1/72 Hasegawa F-16 kit, and an Aires AcesII seat to build a better looking cockpit. I added a throttle, too.
We decided to build the weapons bays closed, and that was difficult like the Italeri F-22 kit. It required lots of filler, sanding and rescribing. In addition to that, I corrected the intake profile (cut out the red area at the photo) and deepened the intakes using platic sheet. The kit has walls which can be clearly seen when looking head-on to the model.
I tinted the canopy using clear Tamiya acrylics and ordered a second decal sheet from Rainbowten to use the AF-87-800 markings for the insides of the stabilizers. Italeri kit only includes one copy of them. The last modification on the kit was hydraulic lines on the landing gear, which are painted copper wires.
Kaan Gök and Ufuk Aydıner
Photos by Ufuk Aydiner and text © 2003 by Kaan Gök