A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger Gun Tip and Pitot Tube

Published: March 26th, 2014     
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Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model
Price: $11.00
Product / Stock #: AM-48-081
Product provided by: Master Model

I have several of Master-Models pitot tubes in my stash and when I saw this latest set, I jumped on the review item as they have out done themselves again. This is a GAU-8 Avenger Gun Tip for the A-10 Warthog. The set also includes a replacement pitot tube.

In the set, you get 2 photoetch pieces making the ends of the gun barrel with holes for the barrels and center support. Your get one turned brass center post and seven turned gun barrels and the gun barrel cover in turned brass with drill holes- this piece is spectacular in its craftsmanship. Lastly, you get the tuned brass pitot tube.

Assembly is simple. Glue one end on the barrel housing. Insert the center shaft and glue the other end on making sure the holes are aligned with one another. Once dry, glue in the barrels and you're done.

For comparison, I used HobbyBoss nice 1/48 kit but Revell or Tamiya would work also. The pitot tube is thinner and more accurate than the kit piece. That piece is nice but the gun is remarkable. The kit part in this case does not have drilled openings and the gun barrels are also not drilled. The A-10 was designed around the gun and this piece is an enormous upgrade. There will be some modifications needed as it is slight longer that kit piece which attaches to a full scale replica of the kit gun. The barrel length and opening will need a slight change but the end results is worth it.

I was going to say recommended but I think a more appropriate word is mandatory if you are going to build an A-10. It is such a large improvement and so visible and the price so inexpensive at $11, it becomes mandatory.

My thanks to the excellent people at Master-Model for the set and for IPMS/USA for the chance to review it. I certainly hope Master-Models scale this up to 1/32 for the Trumpeter kit as it would help that kit also

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