F-105 Pitot

Published: March 26th, 2017     
Product Image
Product picture
Reviewed by: 
Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model
Price: $4.00
Product / Stock #: AM-144-015

Here’s another of those handy little add-ons to save a model from the “shelf of not quite right models”. In this case it’s a replacement for that pitot tube which got broken off (or was never there) on a current project or a long-finished model.

I recently reviewed Master’s pitot for a 1/144 F-104 which didn’t have a pitot tube. This one is for a 1/144 F-105 where I had manufactured a pitot, but it wasn’t quite right. The pitot I manufactured was from a straight pin, and it was too short and too thick. The Master Model part took care of this.

I used a pair of small pliers to pull the old pitot out of the nose of the F-105. This left a hole ready to accept the new part, except the new part was much smaller than the old one. I filled the hole with gel-type CA, let it set for a couple of minutes, then put the new pitot in place. This was fine, except the nose cone didn’t match up with the new part. I used white glue as a sort of filler to get the parts to match up.

When I was satisfied with the assembly, I painted the new pitot and filler flat black.

Overall Evaluation

Highly Recommended. These Master pitots are finely done turned brass, and they stand up to handling so much better than plastic parts. And in case there’s no pitot on the model, the Master Model parts are far better than anything I could manufacture.

Thanks to Master Model for the review item, and IPMS USA for allowing me to upgrade my F-105.

  • Instructions
    Instructions
  • Nose of F-105 model before the home-made pitot was replaced
    Nose of F-105 model before the home-made pitot was replaced
  • The parts included in the Master Model aftermarket product
    The parts included in the Master Model aftermarket product
  • The Master Model part in place, with white glue applied to make the nose cone match up with the new  pitot tube
    The Master Model part in place, with white glue applied to make the nose cone match up with the new pitot tube
  • The nose after the white glue had been painted with flat black paint
    The nose after the white glue had been painted with flat black paint