Review: Platz X-47B Go Navy
The 2 X-47Bs that were built are based on the X-47A. The X-47B is a tailless jet-powered blended-wing-body aircraft capable of semi-autonomous operation. The X-47B first flew in 2011, and as of 2015, its two active demonstrators have undergone extensive flight and operational integration testing, having successfully performed a series of land- and carrier-based demonstrations. In August 2014, the US Navy announced that it had integrated the X-47B into carrier operations alongside manned aircraft, and by May 2015 the aircraft’s primary test program was declared complete. Northrop Grumman intends to develop the prototype X-47B into a battlefield-ready aircraft, which will enter service in the 2020s. The X-47B demonstrators themselves were intended to become museum exhibits after the completion of their flight testing, but the Navy later decided to maintain them in flying condition pending further development.
The kit arrives in a sturdy top opening box. This kit is a rebox of Platz’s earlier 2014 kit, which in turn was based on the original 2012 boxing of this kit. This kit contains the GBU-32 weapons of the 2014 kit. Basically they’ve taken the 2014 kit and removed the GBU-27 sprue and added a sprue for a stand and new closed bomb bay and undercarriage doors and replaced the decals. We reviewed the 2014 kit here.
The box contains:
- 3 sprues. One small and 2 larger. 58 plastic parts
- 1 instruction sheet
- 1 decal sheet
The instructions are very clear and straightforward. Watch the video to go trough them step by step with close up views of the relevant parts. Paints are calle dout in Mr Color and Testors.
There are 2 decal options, one for each of the 2 real life aircraft. There’s also the option to add the “Go Navy, Beat Army” markings that were actually on an F/A-18 and not on an X-47B. The decals are comprehensive and very good. See the close up image of the decal sheet and you’ll see the register and colours are spot on.
This is an excellent model of an unusual aircraft. It’s always going to be a straightforward build but with the options for the bomb bay doors open or closed, undercarriage up (using the supplied stand) or down, wings folded or not and air brakes open or closed you have plenty of options to make it even simpler or a little more involved. This kit is available form Platz’s website here for approx $31.00 depending on the exchange rate.
Many thanks to Platz for the review sample.