1:72 Scale Diecast Metal – Bell Boeing V-22 Ospray – Length: 9.75" Wingspan: 8.75”
This Ospray model has a landing gear that is fixed in the extended position and the box includes a metal stand where the model can be attached for display. The stand is made entirely of metal, it is very sturdy and it is held together by a nut/screw assembly. The wheels can roll freely and are quite smooth (so be careful where you put this thing, or it could roll downhill). The fuselage is all metal and really quite heavy.
This models has a few interesting features. The most obvious one is that the engines can rotate 90 degrees. If the model were to be displayed on its landing gear, then the engines would have to be rotated "up" since the propeller are so big that they would interfere with the ground. If one looks carefully at the photos, one will notice that the wings have movable surfaces. These surfaces, however, are spring loaded so they don't stay in position; they are indeed movable but they will not stay in the "down" position, they will just spring back to their natural position (that is why it is not noticeable in the photos). The wings can also rotate 90 degrees to be aligned along the fuselage, again, this is to pose the model in storage mode. Lastly, the door at the rear of the craft is operable and it is held in place in the closed positions by magnets.
The cockpit is locked closed and there are two pilot/crew figures included.
A metal refueling rod which goes on the right side of the nose is included but not installed for the photos.
The maker of the model, Air Force 1, really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very crisp and one can see the little dots that represent the rivets holding down the panels.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The box measures 13 inches by 6 inches by 5 inches.
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventionalhelicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
The V-22 originated from the United States Department of Defense Joint-service Vertical take-off/landing Experimental (JVX) aircraft program started in 1981. The team of Bell Helicopter and Boeing Helicopters was awarded a development contract in 1983 for the tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell Boeing team jointly produce the aircraft. The V-22 first flew in 1989, and began flight testing and design alterations; the complexity and difficulties of being the first tiltrotor intended for military service in the world led to many years of development.
The United States Marine Corps began crew training for the Osprey in 2000, and fielded it in 2007; it supplemented and then replaced their Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knights. The Osprey's other operator, the U.S. Air Force, fielded their version of the tiltrotor in 2009. Since entering service with the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force, the Osprey has been deployed in transportation and medivac operations over Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Kuwait.