Tuesday, February 28

A new, updated Fire Scout from Takom unfolds...

Takom's second boxing of the 1/35th scale MQ-8B Fire Scout comes with all new and very handy features that give a real upgrade to the base kit. We look at the new info to add to our preview...

A new, updated Fire Scout from Takom unfolds...

MQ-8B Fire Scout w/Missile & Blade Fold Kit
From Takom
1/35th scale
Kit No #2169
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.

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 boxing  improves on the previous #2165 kit in that there are new weapons and a blade fold kit included to give you more variety in your finished model for a negligible price difference.
Both the early and later nose of the B model are included with several differences between them. We only have these CAD drawings of this kit that show the two noses, the APKWS three-round launcher pods, the twin "Ninja" Hellfire missiles and the wing folds & extended version.
An MQ-8B aboard USS Gabrielle Giffords in 2019. This is showing the clade folding mechanism that comes with this kit.

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.