Monday, September 19

Takom's 35th scale Fire Scouts take flight...

Takom's helicopter kit series in 1/35th scale is really taking off - the latest release being the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout in a twin-boxing kit of many alternate configurations. See the real thing & the kit's CADs in our preview...
Takom's 35th scale Fire Scouts take flight...

MQ-8B Fire Scout (1+1)
From Takom
1/35th scale
Kit No #2165
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.

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.