In 1993, the United States Department of Defense was seeking a replacement for their lightweight fighters in which many companies paticipated. In November of 1996, both Boeing and Lockheed Martin were awarded contracts to build two concepts.Lockheed Martin produced the eventual winner in the X-35 (now the F-35). Boeings odd looking concept was the X-32A.
Tamiya produced a great kit. My only issues came at final assembly when I was installing the weapons and the landing gear. There are some bizarre fitting issues that leave you perplexed at how you were supposed to move on. My guess is that the problem was the instructions. I was able to make it work and move on to complete the X-32A. The decal application was quick and painless. There were a total of sixteen decals to put on. This was a simple build with great results.