[T]he Islamic Republic said Tuesday that it will send President Obama a tiny toy replica of the [RQ-170]. Iranian state radio said that the toy model will be 1/80th the size of the real thing. Iranian citizens can also buy their own toy copies of the drone, which will be available in stores for the equivalent of $4.
Those of us old enough will remember back in 1976 when an American model maker (Mongram or Revell) did the same immediately following the West's acquisition of defecting pilot Viktor Belenko's MiG-25 Foxbat. The American model maker was able to provide a scale replica based on studies of the captured Foxbat. It's unfortunate, however, the Iranians will be releasing a 1/80 scale replica, as a more conventional scale for hobbyists would have been 1/72 or 1/48.
When the stealth drone was first captured by the Iranians, I mad a joke elsewhere relating to a model being produced as had been done with the MiG-25 in the mid-70's. Little did I know it would actually come to pass!
That is the closest the Mullahs will ever come to producing anything like the Sentinel ! A plastic toy version. hahaha
The news goes 'Obama with his new toy from Iran'
They are good at making scale models and wooden mockups of S300 surface to air missile defense systems that they claim to have.
Anon 11:36 AM......You mean those welded barrels on back of trucks? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL !!!!!!!
Too late Iran, Matuo Kasten already makes a 1/144 scale version of the RQ-170 in resin. It retails in Japan for about 2,000 Yen.
I still want one.
I would love a 1/144 or 1/72 Ghadir submarine model as well.
and yes that 1/80th scale is strange.
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