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

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

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

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