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Modeling Nostalgia: 1/48 Gates Learjet, Pt. II: Testor’s re-release

Don McIntyre follows up his detailed look at IMC’s old Gates Learjet with a look at the Testor’s reboxed version of the kit, with a few updates.

The IMC kit was rereleased by Testors, but they modified the molds, so that instead of having the Panoramic Windows like the IMC kit has (I believe it’s a Model 23) it’s got the smaller rectangular windows (as per the Model 24).

“The box art, while not particularly inspired…” comment from the IMC preview could surely apply to the Testors box as well. The box is nice and sturdy, though.

One of the main changes was the change in the cabin windows. As you can see, the Testors release has the smaller windows and the tail contains two slots for the VOR antennae.

When you look at the details of the engine and landing gear bits, you can see that Testors didn’t chrome-plate the parts as IMC did in the original. It also looks as though Testors (for some odd reason) duplicated the engine and landing gear sprues.

The tires are still vinyl but Testors didn’t provide the red and green navigation light parts (luckily I’ve got plenty in the IMC kit to rob). The rest of the plastic parts appear to be pretty much identical.

The decals are of a much better quality, but they’re not (IMHO) very inspired.

So, there you go, a quick preview and a comparison of (essentially) the same kit in it’s original and modified (30-year newer) form.

(Don McIntyre, Clarksville, TN,I’ve been building models since the late 1960s and while I’ve built many different models in different scales, I’m trying to focus on 1/48th Scale. I’m a member of Gateway Christian Church.)

7 thoughts on “Modeling Nostalgia: 1/48 Gates Learjet, Pt. II: Testor’s re-release”

  1. Jeffrey D. Perrenoud

    Very helpful review. Have you examined the Revell Learjet? Is it a re-box of this Testors kit?

    Thanks again.

    All the best,

  2. Hi Jeff – thanks for visiting the site!

    I’ve not examined that, so I don’t know. You might want to check on your favorite modeling forum or group to see if someone there might have the answer.



  3. I’m 99% sure that the Revell kit is from the Hasegawa Lear 35/36. Revell has also reboxed the Hasegawa Dassault Falcon 10. I think f the three molds produced the only on not reboxed by Revell was the Cessna Citation 500.

  4. Jeffrey D. Perrenoud

    Thanks, Don. I appreciate your taking the time and effort to reply. Subsequent research suggests you are almost certainly correct.

    All the Best,

  5. Hi.. Ive just bought this kit off ebay but it hasn’t got any decals, does anyone know where I can buy a set from..

    best regards
    Ian Ellington

  6. Ian, I’ll try to remember to take a look today. I dion’t know that I’ll use the kit decals, so you’re welcome to them.
    Are you a member of the Agape Models Forum?

  7. Hi Don.. thanks for the help..
    No im not, just did a search and found this site/review etc so just thought id drop a mail… anyway I received the kit today, and theirs no cockpit windows either so might need to try and see if I can get one?? don’t think this kit is made now?? any ideas where the best bet is to try and get hold of one?? as for the decals.. i’ll gladly pay for them….
    thanks again Don
    best regards
    Ian Ellington

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