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« on: January 21, 2014, 09:41:22 PM »
Just saw the announcement over on Aeroscale: new Taiwanese/Chinese company coming into the market and their planned first release is something quite interesting

1/48 X-47B US Navy UCAS

Link: http://www.freedommks.com/p/blog-page.html

I'll be getting one (at least) of these.

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014, 02:07:26 AM »
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2014, 10:36:52 AM »
Interesting subject.  Wrong scale though.  I'm sure something could be done to make it useful though, in the one true scale of 1/72.  ;D ;D

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2014, 01:58:22 PM »
Interesting subject.  Wrong scale though.  I'm sure something could be done to make it useful though, in the one true scale of 1/72.  ;D ;D


The Platz 1/72 X-47B has been out for some time:
http://www.internetmodeler.com/scalemodels/flaviation/Platz-1-72-X-47B.php
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2014, 03:01:18 PM »
Depending on what fuselage is being used in a 1/72 kitbash.  Wings from either 1/48 or 1/72 X-47B can be attached.
Cut wings off at black line where wing is blending into center section.
First thing that pops to mind is 1/48 wings on a 1/72 CF-100.  Is also Aurora 1/67 CF-100.
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2014, 04:55:27 PM »
If you were going to do a scale-o-Rama build maybe you could do this or something similar:

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2014, 07:13:42 PM »
Like that suggestion.   1/48 built as 1/72 calculates to 57ft long & 93.5ft wing span.
Penetration/strike type jet.

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2014, 04:21:20 AM »
Reported mid-April release date for the X-47B:

As seen on Aeroscale: http://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=16508

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2014, 01:58:54 AM »
Goodie, goodie, goodie…. :)
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2014, 04:35:29 AM »
Some details here too (click on image below):

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2014, 01:19:09 PM »
To supplement Greg's post above we now have a look at the kit contents courtesy of Michael Benolkin at CyberModeler to show us what comes in the box:
Freedom Models 1:48 Scale X-47B UCAS (kit number 18001)

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When this thing actually goes into squadron service with an air wing on a bird farm will the designation be AQ-47B, MQ-47B, or AQM-47B?  Or a completely different designation? 
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2014, 02:41:17 AM »
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When this thing actually goes into squadron service with an air wing on a bird farm will the designation be AQ-47B, MQ-47B, or AQM-47B?  Or a completely different designation?

I could be wrong, but I think the X-47B is not intended to ever get into operational service. AFAIK, it's a pure technology demonstrator.  It may be developed further to compete for a USN UCAS tender, though.

"arnobiz" on ARC called it F/A-47 for his VFA-102 build, using the 1/72 Platz kit: LINK

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2014, 02:49:10 AM »
If it was to enter service I think you would see the "MQ" designator used since it would be Multi-role - conducting both Surveillance and Attack roles along possibly with EW and other roles.

In fact, NG are supposedly offering a derivative of their X-47 for the USN Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program.  This is to develop an aircraft carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle to provide an unmanned intelligence and strike asset to the fleet. The UCLASS will be "an autonomous aircraft capable of precision strike in a contested environment, and it is expected to grow and expand its missions so that it is capable of extended range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare, tanking, and maritime domain awareness" - therefore the MQ designator would make sense.
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2014, 04:05:45 AM »
If it was to enter service I think you would see the "MQ" designator used since it would be Multi-role - conducting both Surveillance and Attack roles along possibly with EW and other roles.

In fact, NG are supposedly offering a derivative of their X-47 for the USN Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program.  This is to develop an aircraft carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle to provide an unmanned intelligence and strike asset to the fleet. The UCLASS will be "an autonomous aircraft capable of precision strike in a contested environment, and it is expected to grow and expand its missions so that it is capable of extended range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare, tanking, and maritime domain awareness" - therefore the MQ designator would make sense.
Fitting that platform with AESA or similar sensors to take over the AEW mission would also be an interesting role.  Putting the SENSO team back in the bowels of the CIC would certainly make for a very small and hard to spot target (save for the obvious emissions from the radar). 
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2014, 06:06:20 AM »
A production aircraft shouldn't be a -47 anything as that number is from the X series sequence.
The current highest publicly acknowledged designation for the Q series is RQ-23A.

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2014, 09:39:44 AM »
Considering that the X-35 begat the F-35, I'm not sure that carries as much weight anymore; pity, that.

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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2014, 01:44:09 PM »
Thus the use of shouldn't;)

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2014, 03:12:22 AM »
I have had some interesting communication from Bryan Chen Manager of Freedom Model Kits.  Nothing confirmed yet but there might be an interesting development in the works... 8) 
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2014, 04:29:52 AM »
Oh? Any other little tidbits that you can share?

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« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2014, 05:14:42 AM »
It will be a model..of an aircraft...
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2014, 04:09:14 AM »
New release announced:  1/700 FREMM Aquitaine D650:

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« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2014, 08:07:24 AM »
If it was to enter service I think you would see the "MQ" designator used since it would be Multi-role - conducting both Surveillance and Attack roles along possibly with EW and other roles.

In fact, NG are supposedly offering a derivative of their X-47 for the USN Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program.  This is to develop an aircraft carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle to provide an unmanned intelligence and strike asset to the fleet. The UCLASS will be "an autonomous aircraft capable of precision strike in a contested environment, and it is expected to grow and expand its missions so that it is capable of extended range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare, tanking, and maritime domain awareness" - therefore the MQ designator would make sense.
Fitting that platform with AESA or similar sensors to take over the AEW mission would also be an interesting role.  Putting the SENSO team back in the bowels of the CIC would certainly make for a very small and hard to spot target (save for the obvious emissions from the radar).
I was re-reading this thread and I have to wonder how detectable the emissions would be?  Before JSTARS came along, something equivalent to that radar was supposed to be carried behind the line of battle by a stealthed aircraft for which Tacit Blue was the concept test bed.  I could see something similar for a LPI air-search radar carried by a UCLASS.  It would be a specialized derivative, but I can visualize what it might look like.

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2015, 04:30:15 AM »
Freedom announce new 1/48 F-20:

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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2015, 01:10:34 PM »
Beautiful!!  It looks like they got the final nose shape down quite well.  Could be a great start for crossing with a F-5F to make a F-20B or with a F-5B to make a TF-20.  Or with a mix of both to produce a 3-seat rapid communications aircraft (with tip tanks and drop tanks on all hardpoints - could be interesting to see in Special Air Wing markings).

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« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2015, 01:34:15 PM »
It will be interesting to see how this compares to the relatively cheap and plentiful Monogram kit
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2015, 08:27:26 PM »
Oh this is very nice, very tempting, especially with my Alt ADF RAAF reserve and Army Aviation ideas.

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« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2015, 02:00:00 AM »
A couple of extra shots - no significant details at this stage yet apart from the reported release date of June/July 2015:


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« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2015, 08:29:10 PM »
Almost enough to make me start building 1/48 :o

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« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2015, 02:27:53 AM »
Almost enough to make me start building 1/48 :o

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« Reply #29 on: April 01, 2015, 06:18:38 AM »
Almost enough to make me start building 1/48 :o

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« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2015, 07:37:50 AM »
Almost enough to make me start building 1/48 :o

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I've been buying them for several years, I just haven't built any yet.  Maybe I could start one for the all things floaty GB to join the three 1/700 and one 1/72 projects I have under way already.

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« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2015, 02:48:03 AM »
Box art:
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« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2015, 05:42:58 PM »
Dribble dribble drool drool  :-*

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #33 on: October 04, 2015, 03:48:26 AM »
New one that is really exciting (well, to me at least):  This will be released in November 2015.




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« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2015, 03:51:25 AM »
And one for the shipbuilders:  To be released this month.


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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #35 on: October 04, 2015, 03:53:18 AM »
How is this for a cool rendition of the new F-20A:

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« Reply #36 on: October 04, 2015, 03:55:30 AM »
F-20N  :)

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« Reply #37 on: October 16, 2015, 04:42:27 AM »
The two seater.... 8)
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« Reply #38 on: October 16, 2015, 06:45:31 AM »
That German F-20 looks niiiiiice!  :-*
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« Reply #39 on: November 06, 2015, 07:48:14 PM »
Hi everyone,

I represent Freedom Model Kits. Here to answer questions and tell you about our new products.
If you're a shop or distributor wishing to stock our models then please send me a PM and I will get back to you.

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #40 on: November 07, 2015, 06:04:42 AM »
Hi Martin,

You made my day with the 1/48 X-47B and continued to make me happy with the upcoming 1/48 F-20N.

Any hints as to what else may be in the future?

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« Reply #41 on: November 07, 2015, 10:28:03 PM »
Please Martin, more 1/700 modern warships please.  Love the fact Freedom is doing so many unusually topics, keep it up.

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« Reply #42 on: November 11, 2015, 11:55:08 PM »
Hi Guys,

I am so pleased that you like the models.

Is there somewhere I can market the warships series? I can't seem to find anywhere interests in them.

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« Reply #43 on: November 12, 2015, 12:14:39 AM »
1/48 X-47B sized right for kitbash as 1/72 manned.

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« Reply #44 on: November 12, 2015, 02:32:00 AM »
Is there somewhere I can market the warships series? I can't seem to find anywhere interests in them.

What do you mean Martin - to talk about the Freedom Models warships series or something else?  If the former, this is the right thread.

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« Reply #45 on: November 12, 2015, 09:24:38 PM »
Hi Guys,

I am so pleased that you like the models.

Is there somewhere I can market the warships series? I can't seem to find anywhere interests in them.


Probably start with Model Warships.com
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They link to a stack of manufacturers and dealers as well as having a huge gallery of members work.

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« Reply #46 on: June 12, 2016, 11:20:06 AM »
F/A-20C single seat version with a ventral side full of fireworks and a wrap around green cammo scheme due soon.
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« Reply #47 on: June 13, 2016, 03:10:10 AM »
F/A-20C single seat version with a ventral side full of fireworks and a wrap around green cammo scheme due soon.

Is that a new kit coming (They currently do a A model and a B/N model) or one of your own builds?
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« Reply #48 on: June 13, 2016, 03:11:22 AM »
Speaking of new kits, there is this (which will appear in the new Hero Models range):


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« Reply #49 on: June 13, 2016, 05:24:23 AM »
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« Reply #50 on: June 14, 2016, 02:35:56 AM »
Details??
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« Reply #51 on: June 14, 2016, 03:44:51 AM »
Rebox of the F-20A, likely different weapon choices, different markings.    That's all I know.     The link to  Facebook seems to be gone.
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« Reply #53 on: June 14, 2016, 08:52:40 AM »
Ooh, I like the look of that!


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« Reply #54 on: June 15, 2016, 03:43:03 AM »
Oh goodie!!!!

I did see reference to the F-20C in the instructions that came with their F-20B/N kit but wasn't sure if it was a definite release.  This now looks likely.

I wonder if this will come with a bigger wing?
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« Reply #55 on: June 15, 2016, 03:59:56 AM »
Oh goodie!!!!

I did see reference to the F-20C in the instructions that came with their F-20B/N kit but wasn't sure if it was a definite release.  This now looks likely.

I wonder if this will come with a bigger wing?
One can but hope!  It looks like they are using the inflight refueling fit from the CF-5A rather than what was fitted to the "Shoski Tigers" by the USAF (different side of the aircraft).  I have a 1/48 conversion kit for a CF-5A I was planning on using on a Monogram F-20A kit.

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« Reply #56 on: June 15, 2016, 07:51:34 AM »
I'm very interested to see what decals they might include with this whiff (I love their use of the "WHIF" markings on this and the F-20B/N BTW).

I think the following would be a good start:

Israel
Taiwan
West Germany
New Zealand
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« Reply #57 on: June 17, 2016, 01:00:33 AM »
I'm very interested to see what decals they might include with this whiff

It looks like options included are RoCAF, Brazil, USAF (Hill AFB - Euro and Desert schemes) and no new wing...



I will also be keeping an eye on this one, having resisted thus far to grab any of the previous two releases. High chances my will... will break with this boxing  :D

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« Reply #58 on: June 17, 2016, 11:52:56 AM »
F-20A, N and now C? Tough choices to be made!!!!!

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #59 on: June 18, 2016, 08:34:13 AM »
Looking at this, I think that unfortunately there is no big wing:

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #60 on: June 18, 2016, 08:36:33 PM »
Looking at this, I think that unfortunately there is no big wing:

As this is a very nice 'what-if', why not put a bigger wing on it, XF-17 or even a modified F-18 wing ----  ???

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #61 on: June 18, 2016, 09:50:15 PM »
Does someone have images comparing the F-20 normal wing vs the big wing?
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #62 on: June 18, 2016, 11:25:38 PM »
Not yet; we'll likely need to wait on Tony Chong's Northrop book for that.

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #63 on: June 19, 2016, 12:38:32 AM »
Not yet; we'll likely need to wait on Tony Chong's Northrop book for that.

Cool. My copy is enroute. Will share said images when it arrives.
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #64 on: June 19, 2016, 07:01:34 AM »
I have seen a drawing before but I can't seem to find it at the moment.
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #65 on: November 04, 2016, 03:39:22 AM »
Two new ones:


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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #66 on: November 08, 2016, 02:00:42 AM »
Another:


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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #67 on: November 08, 2016, 01:45:49 PM »
Interesting, however the ROCAF Hawk IIIs were not the same as the USN BF2C-1.
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #68 on: April 04, 2017, 02:13:29 AM »
New 1/48 F-CK-1s:


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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #69 on: April 04, 2017, 04:18:22 AM »
In that first picture, are the F-CK-1A's going into the merge against JMSDF P-3's?

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #70 on: April 04, 2017, 08:49:24 AM »
In that first picture, are the F-CK-1A's going into the merge against JMSDF P-3's?

Interesting how the picture changed.  First PLAAF Tu-16s and then later JMSDF P-3s...   ;)

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #71 on: April 04, 2017, 12:22:22 PM »
That's weird....are the FAKE NEWS stations not covering some Taiwanese-Japanese conflict we don't know about?!
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #72 on: April 04, 2017, 01:02:40 PM »
More likely the PRC telling the ROC to pull its head in.
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #73 on: May 13, 2017, 03:02:08 AM »
Limited edition versions:


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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #74 on: May 13, 2017, 09:06:09 AM »
That's some seriously cool boxart. I like it.
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #75 on: May 15, 2017, 09:56:41 AM »
More likely the PRC telling the ROC to pull its head in.

Freedom Models is a Taiwan company, not PRC.
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #76 on: May 27, 2017, 04:35:14 AM »
More details on this one that was mentioned a while back:








Always liked the look of these birds.  Might do one in RN FAA scheme.
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #77 on: May 27, 2017, 10:04:09 PM »
Always liked the look of these birds.  Might do one in RN FAA scheme.

Me, too. That sounds inspired.

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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #78 on: January 01, 2018, 02:12:06 AM »
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #79 on: January 01, 2018, 11:43:48 AM »
Oh, bugger! Another Tracker for the stash! :o ;)
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #80 on: January 01, 2018, 02:01:12 PM »
That I would do as a ground attack aircraft.   
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Re: Freedom Model Kits
« Reply #81 on: June 22, 2018, 02:22:38 AM »
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