Wind-Up Racing: X3 vs. Tank

It’s Friday, so we’re trying something new here on Intercepts: Wind-up toy racing of the aircraft, ships and vehicles we often write about here at Defense News.

Think of it as the Top Gear of  defense-oriented wind-up toys.

Our first installment pits the Eurocopter X3 versus two generic tanks. We received the X3 earlier in the week after a flight demonstration of the real X3. Defense News’ Chris Cavas provided the tanks (they’ve apparently been on his desk for an unknown number of years).

In our warm-up runs, which were not filmed, the X3 dominated, but as you can see, it didn’t perform as well head-to-head, winning only one of three heats. The X3 also sustained some damage, specifically the loss of two prop blades.

We hope to continue this feature, but in order to do that we need your help. Have a wind-up of a military aircraft, ship or vehicle? Send it to us at the address below and we’ll feature it on the blog.

After we’re put them through the paces, we’ll donate them to U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots.

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Senior Pentagon Correspondent at Defense News
I write about broad-ranging policy, acquisition and budget issues affecting the US military.
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