1:72 Scale Diecast Metal – Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey – Length: 9.75" Wingspan: 8.75”
This Osprey model has a landing gear that is fixed in the extended position and the box includes a stand where the model can be attached for display. 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. The wings, tail assembly and the engines are made of plastic.
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. The propellers have a some interesting articulations that allows them to pivot and to fold, this is so that one can display the model as if it were in storage inside a ship (to save space). Also the wing assembly can rotate along its center and lineup along the fuselage, just as the real craft does to allow for storage and reduce its foot print. Lastly, the door at the rear of the craft is operable (this is how cargo and/or troops would load and unload).
The maker of the model, NewRay, really did a good job with the model, the mold actually looks suspiciously similar to another more expensive (all metal) diecast model of the V-22.
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.
This is really not a toy, this will not survive a child playing with it in the sand box or even at home. These models are made mainly to look like the real thing and not to last long on the hands of a child.
The box measures 15 inches by 4 inches by 4 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.