Thursday, April 10

What – no pilot figure included? Freedom Models new X-47B in 48th scale…

The Pegasus has new wings – the new X-47C launches from the carrier decks into models shops with Freedom Models new 48th scale kit – we have the preview CAD images of what is to come…

New company – Freedom Models first release.
Freedom Models
1/48th scale
In their first release the new company Freedom Models start without a cockpit! They have started preliminary work on the new injection moulded kit of the unmanned aerial drone – the US Navy’s stealth fighter attack aircraft - the X-47B Pegasus.
The X-47B is a tailless, strike fighter-sized unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman as part of the U.S. Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) Carrier Demonstration program. Under a contract awarded in 2007, the company designed, produced and is currently flight testing two X-47B aircraft. 
In 2013, these aircraft were used to successfully demonstrate the first ever carrier-based launches and recoveries by an autonomous, low-observable relevant unmanned aircraft. The program is currently maturing relevant carrier launch, landing, and integration technologies.

Crew: None aboard (semi-autonomous operation)
Length: 38.2 ft (11.63 m)
Wingspan: 62.1 ft extended/30.9 ft folded [45] (18.92 m/9.41 m)
Height: 10.4 ft (3.10 m)
Empty weight: 14,000 lb (6,350 kg)
Max. take-off weight: 44,567 lb (20,215 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney F100-220U turbofan
Maximum speed: Subsonic
Cruise speed: Mach 0.9+ (high subsonic)[46][47]
Range: 2,100+ NM (3,889+ km)
Service ceiling: 40,000 ft (12,190 m)
Armament - 2 weapon bays, providing for up to 4,500 lb (2,000 kg) of ordnance
Avionics - Provisions for EO/IR/SAR/ISAR/GMTI/MMTI/ESM

Freedom models first scale models product
No: fd18001 -  the 1/48th scale  X-47B features:
Features finely engraved panel lines.
Folding wing and flap options.
Weapon bay door can be positioned open or closed.
Arrestor hook can be posed up or down.
Nose gear can be built in either launch or stowed modes.
Multiple decal and paint options are provided.
Two new tooled gbu-32 bombs are supplied.
 The kit is scheduled for release  2014 in q1 at a price around US$50 – we will let you know more as soon as she arrives..