Monday, October 10

More news on Takom's 35th scale Fire Scouts...

Takom's impending 1/35th scale MQ-8B Fire Scout in a twin-boxing kit with many alternate configurations has just dropped some more hints about what's inside the box. We look at the new info to add to our preview...
Takom's 35th scale Fire Scouts take flight...

MQ-8B Fire Scout (1+1)
From Takom
1/35th scale
Kit No #2165
Photo-etch included
Four marking choices presented in the box.
Designed by Snowman Model
The subject:
The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout is an unmanned autonomous helicopter developed by Northrop Grumman for use by the United States Armed Forces. Designed to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, aerial fire support and precision targeting support for ground, air and sea forces. The initial RQ-8A version was based on the Schweizer 330, while the enhanced MQ-8B was derived from the Schweizer 333. As of February 2018, 23 MQ-8B variants were in service with the U.S. Navy.

Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout, showing sign of weathering.
Northrop Grumman's RQ-8 Fire Scout UAV successfully test fires the second of two Mark 66 unguided rockets during weapons testing at Arizona's Yuma Proving Grounds July 22. Fire Scout fired the first 2.75-inch rocket earlier that day. The Fire Scout is being developed for use by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.
An MQ-8B aboard USS Gabrielle Giffords in 2019

The kit: Takom's new MQ-8B Fire Scout 1+1 kit
There will be no "Construction starts with the cockpit" in this build of Takom's new MQ-8B Fire Scout kit in 35th scale. This 1+1 boxing, (meaning that there are two kits in the box) have two variants of the little unmanned UAV, both with several nose and stores layouts for the modeller to choose from.
Both the early and later nose of the B model are included with several differences between them. We only have these CAD drawings for now, so we cannot say any more about the  kit as yet.

From the box art, we can see that there will be some photo-etch arts inside, and that there will be four markings in side the boxing, made by the team at Ammo. We can say that one of these markings is a very cool scheme with the logo of the "Decepticons" on the rotor mast guard. (MQ-8B BuNo. 167792, HSM-35 Magicians, LCS-3 - USS Fort Worth, May 2013) - Cool!
That is all we know about this release for now. You can see more about Takom's kits on their website or on their  Facebook page.