Saturday, May 23, 2009
ROBOT PLANE: 1:72 SCALE PREDATOR FROM ITALERI
HERE'S A ROBOTIC AIRCRAFT KIT in the form of the Italer RQ-1B Predator. It’s a nice model, with less than two dozen parts - just right for an evening’s work after the sun goes down.
SMN report: As a great fan of snap-tite kits for their speed of assembly, even I could happily squeeze a tube cement for this one.
In real life, Predators are flown by remote pilots, sitting in air-conditioned portacabins which may be thousands of miles away from enemy action. It must be a bit more relaxing than getting your pants shot off, that’s for sure. The tiny size of these drones makes them difficult to spot from the ground - a Predator orbiting a hot-spot from a few thousand feet up is effectively invisible.
Have a look at the video below to get an idea of the missions these machines perform.
Also, Lebanese model fan Emad Tabsh has built an Italeri RQ-1B Predator, and his excellent and interesting pictures are posted online here. A nice presentation, Emad.
The Italeri RQ-1B Predator is available now.
Click here for the model from Amazon.