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MQ-1 Predator

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Some notes about the model
A full build thread can be found by following this link: MQ-I Predator.
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About the Author

About Steffen Arndt (alpha_tango)
FROM: , GERMANY

I was born in 1974 and started modelling in the 80ies. The first models I remember are a MiG 21 F-13, Saab Draken (both 1/100) and the Tu-2 (72) all from the east German producer Plastikart. during my first years I built all kind of models mainly 1/72 and 1/100. Beside the mentioned Plasticart kits ...


Comments

Very nice Steffen good job Build On, Justin
MAY 15, 2010 - 06:56 AM
Thanks Justin! And also thanks to Jean-Luc for the good photography and the composition of the feature! all the best Steffen
MAY 15, 2010 - 07:41 AM
Nice one Steffen! I should have my Global Hawk finished tomorrow to keep your Predator company. Drones Rule OK! Well, maybe not totally - I do miss having a cockpit to play about painting and detailing. But it's always great to tackle something a bit "different" once in a while. All the best Rowan
MAY 15, 2010 - 09:48 AM
Thank you Rowan! but judging from the views I'd say "different" projects are not very well liked. E.g. neither of my recent finished models could compete with the features of the more common projects of the same date (of course this could also be because my models are that bad. If so I like to have some comments .. I can only learn) good luck with your "Weltfalke" .... cheers Steffen
MAY 15, 2010 - 08:11 PM
Hi Steffen I won't be posting the Global Hawk as a Feature - with no eye-catching missles or other "dangly bits" it doesn't really lend itself to a photo-spread. Did you damage the Predator's propeller at some point and fix one blade back on? It may be a trick of the light, but they look opposite ways round - one looks like a "puller" instead of a "pusher". All the best Rowan
MAY 15, 2010 - 08:42 PM
Hi Rowan thanks for the hint! I broke that darn thing more than once (must be 6 or 7 times) I just checked the kit and I am not sure it is wrong or right. But I agree it looks wrong on the pix ... cheers Steffen
MAY 15, 2010 - 08:48 PM
Hi Steffen, Nice choice off the beaten track - have this kit waiting in the stash and thanks to your inspiration it could become an 2010 project now. BTW: Im wondering how on earth the Predators manage to take-off without ramming their tailplane rudders into the ground... Cheers Matty
MAY 17, 2010 - 08:08 AM
Hi Matty Thanks for the kind comment! Well I discussed this elsewhere (maybe in the BLog) First the control surfaces rotate in the center so you do not need that much clearance and 2nd I think the wing is not stable enought for a steep climb with high forces, but has a very good uplift, so no need for extensive steering maneuvres .. but that's just my 2 -cent (which is no longer that much ) cheers Steffen
MAY 17, 2010 - 08:32 AM
Hi Steffen, Thanks for your input about the Predator's design - that makes sense. Anyway, this aircraft is still a kind of an irritating construction IMHO. But that's what makes it interesting. Cheers Matty
MAY 17, 2010 - 08:54 AM