I fancied building something a little different, and with the US Navy having undertaken testing with this latest Unmanned Combat Air System, (UCAS) the Freedom Model Kits’ recent release of the X-47B in 1/48th scale fitted the bill perfectly.
This really is a fantastic kit and was an absolute joy to build – it has taken three weeks from start to finish. Not a hint of filler was needed, and it went together perfectly. Decals reacted well to Humbrol’s DecalFix and settled beautifully over the finely engraved surface detail. I hadn’t even heard of Freedom Models before this build, but I’d recommend them without a second thought.
I painted the model using Xtracolour enamels, with the Ghost Grey lightened a little to replicate the subtle fading seen in pictures of the test aircraft.
I’ve built this model as ‘501’ of CVW-9 as it appeared during testing on the USS George HW Bush during late 2013/early 2014. Apparently they were a resounding success and proved the concept of unmanned carrier operations without incident. A glimpse of the future perhaps?
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