Predator UAV MQ-1B (L) 1:72 Scale Model (MRC Kit 59003 – Platz Kit AC-3) Review

2013 September 25
by Doug

RoR Step-by-Step Review 20130924* 
Predator UAV MQ-1B (L) 1:72 Scale Model (MRC Kit 59003 – Platz Kit AC-3) Review
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The MQ-1’s primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance. The MQ-1 Predator is a system, not just an aircraft.  A fully operational system consists of four aircraft (with sensors), a ground control station, a Predator Primary Satellite Link, or PPSL, along with operations and maintenance crews for deployed 24-hour operations.  The basic crew for the Predator is one pilot and two sensor operators.  They fly the aircraft from inside the ground control station via line-of-sight data link or a satellite data link for beyond line-of-sight. The Predator carries the multi-special Targeting System which integrates electro-optical, infrared, laser designator and laser illuminator into a single sensor package.  The aircraft can employ two laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles.

For the Modeler: This is an (MRC Kit 59003, Platz Kit AC-3) MQ-1B (L) Predator UAV 1:72 Scale Model Review. It is a skill level 2 kit molded in 30 grey plastic pieces. The kit includes instructions and an excellent set of waterslide decals. This is a simple kit but the small parts and extensive decals will present a challenge to the novice but as you can see the results are worth the effort if you’re looking to add a great-looking UAV model to your collection. Have fun and keep learning…….

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; preparing the fuselage for antennae; making and installing nose weight; fuselage construction and clamping techniques; landing gear and tire detailing; finishing the prop; finishing the Hellfire missiles; expanded 1:1 history; paint and adhesive selections and application; decal preparation and application, are all fully examined in this pictorial 13 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.


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