The designation F-19 has been oddly missing from the american fighter aircraft numbering system. Northrop was offered the number for the Tigershark, but chose the F-20 designation instead. Aviation enthusiasts and model companies jumped on speculation that the F-19 was a rumored stealth aircraft in secret service with the U.S. Air Force.
In 1986, model company Testors released their “F-19 Stealth Fighter” kit, which has been claimed to be the biggest selling plastic model kit of all time. Their kit was based on publicly-available stealth research, and a number of features from it, such as canted fins, would appear in later stealth aircraft.
Monogram released their model F-19 in 1987, having bought the rights to use the name “F-19 Stealth” from Testors. Monogram’s F-19 design was based on conceptual art from Loral.
Once the F-117 was acknowledged by the U.S. Air Force in November 1988, both models were proven to be quite inaccurate when compared to reality.
Mig-37B Ferret E - Fictional Soviet Stealth Model Aircraft
After the previous year’s smash success with the F-19 Stealth Fighter model kit, Testors decided to release a kit of the Soviet equivalent in 1987.
The MiG-37B Ferret E kit was supposed to have a more Soviet-influenced design, but instead turned out to be much closer to the faceted body of the F-117. The Pentagon was not pleased, but Testors had again used publicly-available sources.
The kit did not meet the expectations set by the F-19’s record sales.
The Pentagon acknowledged and released the first blurry photo of the F-117 in November 1988.
Tips on Using Testors Dullcote in Crappy Conditions
Shake it up well. Really well.
While shaking, warm a pot of water on the stove or use an electric kettle to heat water to boiling and pour boiling water into a bowl. Let cool a few minutes until you’re able to stick your fingers in it, but not for too long. (Uncomfortably hot)
Dip bottom of Testors can into water for a few seconds. Shake can, if the can sounds like the rattle is going smoothly back and forth with no resistance, the can is good to go.
Always spray Testors onto your target at forearm-length. I cannot stress this enough. If you spray too close to your target item, you run the risk of “splotchy” sealant and/or pooling which then causes stickiness and tackiness.
If you’re having a problem with humidity, invest in a small cheap fan to place in your sealing area so that after you have sprayed, you can blow air onto sealant which helps it dry faster (sometimes more evenly) and also bypasses some of the humidity in the air.
Remember! Always use facial protection when spraying any kind of chemical-based aerosol (such as sealant and paint) which consists of some kind of respirator. Also, do not dunk the can in boiling hot water or keep the can in longer than 10 seconds, as this puts the can in danger of bursting. Short and sweet is the way to go. If the can still feels a little cool, dip it again, do not hold in the water!
If you’re still having problems, then I literally have no idea what is going wrong but I’m pretty positive if you can’t get Testors to work, then other sealants are most likely aren’t going to work much better.
Do not send me complaints about how “Testors is a crappy sealant” because I do not give a rip about your opinion. :)