Grumman X-29 (1:144) By DragonWings 1:144 scale Diecast Warbirds
Item Number: DRW51024
About Grumman X-29 (1:144)
s part of the USA's experimental flight program, the X-29 first took to the air from Edwards Air Force Base on 14 December 1984. A total of two aircraft, based on Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter airframes, were produced and they flew in various tests up till 1991. The Grumman X-29's key characteristics were forward-swept wings (at more than 33' angle), canard control surfaces and composite materials. The design was inherently unstable to increase its agility, so it utilized computerized fly-by-wire controls that could make 40 corrections per second while flying at a maximum speed of Mach 1.8. The carbon-fiber composite materials were necessary to manage the twisting that results from forward-swept wings. This aeroelastic divergent twisting results from aerodynamic forces that rotate the wings' leading edges upwards, and which could easily result in structural failure. Interestingly, this was only the world's second jet-powered aircraft to have forward-swept wings, the first being the Junkers Ju 287 of 1944 vintage!
As part of the Warbirds collection, Dragon has produced a 1/144 scale model of the X-29. This item makes use of 100% new toolings, and it accurately reproduces the sleek shape of the experimental aircraft. The forward-swept wing design, in particular, is impressive on this model. Whether shown in a display case or on a desktop, this precise model of the X-29 is a fine-looking specimen of advanced aerospace technology.
About DragonWings 1:144 scale Diecast Warbirds
Established in 1987, Dragon Models Limited first produced plastic model kits before moving into the airliner model field with their Dragon Wings 1:400 scale line of commercial and national airliners. By Maintaining strict quality standards, and with features such as working parts, accurate markings, true to scale models and excellent manufacturing, the Dragon line of products became leaders in the world of aviation and military models. Collectors will find a wide selection of diecast aircrafts, space crafts, tanks in their Dragon Armor line, 1:6 scale action figures from their New Generation Life Action Figure series, 1:72 scale fighter aircrafts from their Warbirds series and more. Dragon Model Limited released over a 1,000 different model kits and pre-constructed models, and they may also be found under the brand labels of "Revell/Monogram" in the USA, "Revell" and "Italeri" in Europe, and "Hasegawa" and "GSI" in Japan. Production of the Dragon Wings airliners, warebirds, and Dragon Armor tanks ceased in 2008. Remaining stock of these popular models is limited and at www.PilotStoresUSA.com we have the largest selection of closeout Dragon Wings models at low, low closeout prices.
About this scale
1:144 Scale models, while not as common as 1:72, are still a good scale for collectors. This scale is often used for larger military and space models that would be too large or expensive in 1:72 scale.
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