AN/ALQ-184 (short) ECM pod

Published: April 2nd, 2018     
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Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard
Price: $12.95
Product / Stock #: 648962
Product provided by: Eduard

The AN/ALQ-184 is an electronic countermeasure pod carried by a variety of military aircraft and commonly seen on the F-16 and A-10. The ECM pods function is to jam and deceive the enemy radar.

Eduard is known for a wide variety of high quality resin, photo etch and full kits. The AN/ALQ-184

Is part of their "Brassin" line which is a multi-media product that includes resin, photo etch and appropriate decals. This product is cast in gray resin and bubble free with a small pour block that you can clearly define where the part is and what resin needs to be cut away. There are two photoetch frets, however only one is needed. Detail is basic, but they do not require much detail. The decals are nice, however some of the sections are joined with lengthy clear carrier film. Most modelers will simply cut that part away so it is not an issue.

Assembly is very simple and instructions are clear on where to put the only two parts, which are photoetch items. Once assembled, the pod was painted gray using Tru-color paints, which do a great job adhering to the resin. I masked the pod and painted the black areas as specified in the directions. For final color touches, I added panel line wash, but after looking at the pictures, I may have overdone it in some areas.

To finish the build, I added the decals, which I trimmed away some of the extra carrier film. There are extra decals on the sheet and the directions are clear on placement. With one coat of clear varnish, the pod is complete and ready to add to a model.

I would like to thank Eduard for this review sample.

  • Completed left side
    Completed left side
  • Completed right side
    Completed right side
  • Kit contents
    Kit contents
  • Resin left side
    Resin left side
  • Resin right side
    Resin right side
  • Photoetch installed
    Photoetch installed

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