for purchasing this item.
Reaper, (also known as Predator B), became operational in 2007 and as it
began flying combat missions over Afghanistan. This Medium Altitude Long
Endurance UAV overcomes most of the difficulties encountered with previous
UAVs that commonly must compromise between conflicting demands for payload,
speed, altitude, speed and persistence. With an operational ceiling of 50,000ft,
and higher cruising speed, Reaper can cover a larger area, under all weather
conditions powered by a single Honeywell TP331-10 engine, producing 950 shp,
which provides a maximum airspeed of 260 kts and a cruise speed for maximum
endurance of 150-170 kts.
The Reaper is
capable of carrying maximum internal payload of 800 lbs, and carries more
advanced sensors that weight almost twice that of the MQ-1. Furthermore,
The Reaper can carry much more external stores, up to 3,000 pounds total
1,500 on each of its two inboard weapons stations, or 500-600 lb.
on the two middle stations and 150-200 lbs. on the outboard stations. In
total, the aircraft can carry up to 14 Hellfire missiles, compared with two
carried on the Predator. The Reaper can stay airborne for up to 14 hours
fully loaded. Trading off some of the missiles, Predator B can carry laser
guided bombs, such as the GBU-12. MQ-9 is equipped with both Lynx II SAR
and the MTS-B 20" gimbal, an improved, extended range version of the MQ-1's
There are ERC
controls for raising and lowering the landing gear. This can be found by
selecting the main figure. A special thank you to Mark F. (KageRyu)
for his expertise and getting this feature to work the way it is supposed
to. The landing gear can be folded up by moving the dial to it's furthest
In addition to
the landing gear, there are controls for each landing gear separately, wing
flaps, Propeller spin and camera pod. Again, thanks to Mark for these great
Load the right
and/or left Missile Flame prop to the model in it's default position. Select
the the main figure before loading the props and they will be parented to
the corresponding missile. Smoke can be added in post-work or 3rd party props
can be used. You may want to add an orange tinted spotlight just below and
to the rear of the missile for more realism.
This figure is
UV mapped and will accept a variety of textures such as camoflauge or custom
paint themes. ReaperMap.jpg template included.
The decals are
a separate prop and can be modified using the 'ReaperGraphics' and
'ReaperGraphics-trans' images in the /textures/MeshWorks/MQ-9 Reaper/ folder.
Watch for other themes and templates at the MeshWorks website or at
There are two
propeller styles included, one stationary (default) and one with a spinning
blur. Use the ERC control to switch the 'alternate geometries' on the Prop
The files enclosed
in the zip file are free to use for all non-commercial/personal renders.
Files may not be re-distributed without my express permission, and under
no circumstances are any part or whole of these files to be used for a commercial
3D product. Please don't sell it or claim it as your own.
Please feel free
to contact me with any comments, feedback or suggestions through Email or
the online form at the website.