Northrop Grumman X-47 ( X-47B Drone / UCAV) 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal by Air Force 1

$ 69.99

1:72 Scale  Metal Diecast – Northrop Grumman X-47B  – Length: 6.5"  Wingspan:10.5”

 

This X-47B model has an optional positioned landing gear, which can be posed in the retracted or extended positions. It also has doors for the internal weapons bay which can be posed in the open or closed positions. In the open position, a pair of bombs are visible inside the bay. 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 actually 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.

 

The wings have hinges where the wings can be folded just as the real thing does when placed in storage.

  

 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 is 12 inches by 10 inches by 3 inches and looks like a little suitcase (it has a little plastic handle).

 

The Northrop Grumman X-47B is a demonstration unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) designed foraircraft carrier-based operations. Developed by the American defense technology company Northrop Grumman, the X-47 project began as part of DARPA's J-UCAS program, and subsequently became part of the United States Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program. The X-47B is a tailless jet-powered blended-wing-body aircraft capable of semi-autonomous operation andaerial refuelling.[2]

The X-47B first flew in 2011, and as of 2015, its two active demonstrators have undergone extensive flight and operational integration testing, having successfully performed a series of land- and carrier-based demonstrations.[3][4][5] In August 2014, the US Navy announced that it had integrated the X-47B into carrier operations alongside manned aircraft,[6] and by May 2015 the aircraft's primary test program was declared complete.[7] Northrop Grumman intends to develop the prototype X-47B into a battlefield-ready aircraft, the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system, which will enter service in the 2020s.[8][9][10] The X-47B demonstrators themselves were intended to become museum exhibits after the completion of their flight testing, but the Navy later decided to maintain them in flying condition pending further development.