L-39 Albatros Pitot Tubes

Published: April 14th, 2016     
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Reviewed by: Charles Landrum - IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model
Price: $5.00
Product / Stock #: 48-106
Product provided by: Master Model

Master Model continues to provide delicate turned metal parts which not only provide greater detail closer to scale, but in the case of pitot tubes, are far more resilient during handling. For the modeler who chooses to take a model to a show or club meeting, indestructability is a consideration during the modeling process.

The MPM/Special Hobby 1/48 L-39 Albatros is back on the market after a long hiatus. The kit provides the aircraft's two pitot tubes as separate moldings which are then glued to the leading edge of the wing. The pitot tubes are rather non-descript and require clean up to use. Master Model fortunately has released this set of two tubes as replacements. These are nicely turned pieces with all of the subtlety of the real tube. To use them, the modeler just needs to drill a hole in the wing after assembly of the wing and slide the tubes into the hole when the model is finished. There is plenty of base stock for attachment to the wing.

Like other Master Model products, this is a nice set and a good value for the price. I just wish they would either turn their pitot tubes in a silver metal or plate them. I have tried to use metallics on the brass and it polishes right off. A silver metal would require no over-coating. Highly recommended. A big thanks to Master Models and IPMS-USA for providing the pitot for review.

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