Platz Northrop Grumman X-47B Drone in 1/72 Scale

The US media likes to run stories about “drones”, but they are almost always talking about a Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) instead.  The Northrop Grumman X-47B is a true drone, it can be programmed to fly a mission and return.  It looks like something from a sci-fi movie but it’s real.  The prototypes passed their carrier qualifications easily and exceeded expectations, but the type was not adopted for service.  At least it was not adopted by the U.S. Navy, both the Russians and the Chinese have either reverse engineered or stolen the plans to make copies of their own.

Platz has released a kit in The One True Scale, and I just had to build it.  This is an excellent kit, well engineered and goes together without any surprises.  Not complicated at all, it is an easy build and a nice addition to the display case.

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9 thoughts on “Platz Northrop Grumman X-47B Drone in 1/72 Scale

    1. The tanker version is still in development AFAIK. The Navy “Fighter Mafia” objected to unmanned aircraft in the attack role, but if it could give manned aircraft more gas that would be OK. Yet another variation on the broken procurement theme in the USN.

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    1. The design allowed for two 2,000 pound precision guided munitions and had a surveillance capability. Subsonic is not big liability, especially if you want range. Something like this would be a good thing to have as a potential counter for the Chinese sea-denial missiles.

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