This book contains detailed instructions on building the F-22 Raptor 1/48 scale model aircraft from Hasegawa. You really need this book to successfully build this model. This model has over 600 kit and aftermarket parts with hundreds of decals. Can any sane modeler keep track of this build? The likelihood of you missing a part or doing a step out of order where you can’t go back and fix because it’s too late are high. In addition to the kit’s instructions, there are 6 aftermarket kits each with their own instruction. Can you imagine merging all of these instructions? Well, I’ve done that for you and more. I take the model kit instructions from Hasegawa and break them up into individual steps. I reorder the steps so that the small pieces (antennas, etc.) are assembled last which reduces the risk of damage when building the model. The steps are organized to insert the paint and decal steps in the best spot. I also incorporate Eduard’s Photo Etch sets 48619, 48669, 49514, and 49534 along with Hasegawa’s QG39 PE set and Wolfpack’s Nozzle Set in with Hasegawa’s instructions. As most modelers know, it can be tricky to go back and forth between the model kit instructions and the aftermarket kit instructions. I took out the guess work and did that for you. The aftermarket steps are color coded making them easy to skip if you just have the basic model. This book provides a little history of the Raptor, photos of the model kit contents including the aftermarket kits, a detailed list of tools that I used to build this model, along with a list of paints. The actual instruction section contains 1208 steps and 140 plus figures over 194 pages that tell you what to dry fit, glue, and/or paint for each individual piece. Each step instruction shows the source (i.e., either Hasegawa or aftermarket instruction) along with a block to mark that you completed the step.