This is a model I designed with the help of "oranhunter" for display inspired by the Predator MQ-1 RPA (drone, UAV, etc.)
It has a 15 inch wingspan and is 5 inches tall when sitting on it's stand.
The stand has the USAF logo, and the model includes an imaging ball. The wings feature 2 pylons, with hellfire missiles. I like to leave the stand unfinished to prove that the model is indeed 3D printed.
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"The General Atomics MQ-1 Predator is an American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by General Atomics and used primarily by the United States Air Force (USAF) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Initially conceived in the early 1990s for aerial reconnaissance and forward observation roles, the Predator carries cameras and other sensors but has been modified and upgraded to carry and fire two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles or other munitions. The aircraft, in use since 1995, has seen combat in war in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the NATO intervention in Bosnia, Serbia, Iraq War, Yemen, Libyan civil war, the intervention in Syria, and Somalia.
The USAF describes the Predator as a "Tier II" MALE UAS (medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system). The UAS consists of four aircraft or "air vehicles" with sensors, a ground control station (GCS), and a primary satellite link communication suite. Powered by a Rotax engine and driven by a propeller, the air vehicle can fly up to 400 nmi (460 mi; 740 km) to a target, loiter overhead for 14 hours, then return to its base.
Following 2001, the RQ-1 Predator became the primary unmanned aircraft used for offensive operations by the USAF and the CIA in Afghanistan and the Pakistani tribal areas; it has also been deployed elsewhere. Because offensive uses of the Predator are classified by the US, U.S. military officials have reported an appreciation for the intelligence and reconnaissance-gathering abilities of UAVs but declined to publicly discuss their offensive use.
Civilian applications have included border enforcement and scientific studies, and to monitor wind direction and other characteristics of large forest fires (such as the one that was used by the California Air National Guard in the August 2013 Rim Fire)."
Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Atomics_MQ-1_Predator
The wings are detachable, as is the UAV itself from the stand, to make for easier shipping and transport.
This is an excellent conversation piece for your desk or cabinet. It's also a perfect going-away present for someone moving on to another assignment, or just a really neat gift for a UAV fan. I can make custom placards or add text to the plaque to personalize the item; please include what you would like in your comment when you check out.
Not your thing? Well, check out my other designs here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/3DPrintedDebris
This specific model is printed, hand fitted and assembled, then hand-sanded, painted, and then wet-sanded prior to the finish coat. These take me a while to make, so I'll need a week to turn it out.
This is a 3D printed product, so there may be minor defects (rough edges, bumps, etc). As a result, every model will be a unique creation with a character all of it's own.
I have spent months building my own machines to exact specifications for accuracy and surface quality, and I scrutinize every model very closely. I use only the highest quality filament to ensure colors are vibrant and defects are kept to an absolute minimum for both your item and my machine.
Every item in my shop is test printed and checked for not only aesthetics, but also the intended use. All of my items I list I personally test to ensure they meet my stringent standards. All items are printed in PLA, an organic non-toxic plastic made from corn and is biodegradable, yet very strong. PLA will not degrade under normal use, but will break down when buried.
If I'm not happy with it, it doesn’t ship. You will get my very best work, which you will find is a cut above the rest!
Payment prior to starting work or initiating delivery. I can accept Etsy payments or paypal.
I will ship as soon as your item is ready, in most cases within a couple days. If I'm backed up, I will let you know sooner rather than later. As soon as I ship, I'll provide you a tracking number. For the holidays, here's the deadlines from the USPS:
Holiday Mailing Deadlines
Mailing Within Contiguous US
Make sure your mail and packages arrive in time for the holidays by mailing before these recommended deadlines, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.
Send-by dates for expected delivery before Dec. 25th (Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions).
December 14 — USPS Retail Ground®
December 19 — First-Class Mail®
December 20 — Priority Mail®
December 22 — Priority Mail Express®
For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 23 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days.
It will take me at least the minimum number of days (i.e. if the item says 5-7 days, 5 is the minimum it will take me to make it and ship it) to make the item and get it in the mail, so please add that to the USPS deadlines to ensure delivery before Christmas.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
All items are sold as-is and are made on-demand, so I don't exchanges.
I accept returns within 30 days of delivery, all that I ask is that you pay the return postage.
If an item is damaged in shipping, please take a picture and contact me via conversation. If it can be repaired I'll ask you to ship it back to me and I'll fix it.
Requests for cancellations made after I have already started working on an item will not be honored.
A quick note on turn-around times - If you see "QTY 10" for a given item, that doesn't mean I have 10 made and they will ship instantly. It means I can make 10 of them inside of the advertised delivery date listed. If you ask me for an estimated shipping date and wait 5 days to actually buy the item, the ship date will slip to reflect the delay in purchase.
Photo copyright release: if you upload or email a photo to my site or to my inbox you are giving me permission to use it in social media or for marketing purposes. I will not cite the source of the photo, and I might create a derivative (filters, cropping, etc) of your photo.
Barrel Plugs: Any prop or replica that could be confused with a real firearm will come with a Blaze Orange plug permanently affixed per federal regulation for marking such items.
I do not collect personal information other than what's legally required for tax purposes. I do not sell customer information under any circumstances. From time to time I may release a new item that is a companion to something you've already purchased from me, and in that case, I may send you an email letting you know it's newly listed on my site.
Aug 5, 2016
This is AMAZING!!! THANK YOU!