Freedom Models 1/48 X-47B
September 19, 2015 in Aviation
This is a relatively new kit, and i was inspired one a friend of mine built recently.
For a first kit from Freedom Models, this is good effort, of a really interesting subject. Put it next to an F-16 and see that it is also a very large, and as a UAV, quite intimidating aircraft!
As it does,t have a cockpit, this is a relatively simple build, and it did not take me long to do. Fit of parts is good, with the parts breakdown sensible and robust. The only area of potential weakness is the wing fold joints, which do not seem very strong to me, and I expected it to be a casualty whilst travelling to model shows. So far it has proven me wrong, which is a good thing!
The real aircraft seems to take off the shelf parts, as the undercarriage is very similar to that of a Tomcat. The kit assemblies for this were a little over complicated, which made building them a bit fiddly, but they look the part.
It is sprayed in the correct US Navy colours, which looks different under every different light conditions, just like the real thing! I,m trying to improve my photography as a result of feedback on here…………
Decals applied well, but there is very little surface detail to challenge them. All in all this is a good model of an interesting aircraft, which currently sits next to my recent Tamiya F-16 in the same scale, eventually it will reside with comparable modes of the F-22 and F-35. I have just started the F-22, with the F-35 waiting in the stash………
Happy modelling everyone!
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