AV-8B Nozzles

Published: September 1st, 2020     
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Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun
Price: $9.50
Product / Stock #: BRL72183
Product provided by: Hauler Brengun

This set provides replacement nozzles for Hasegawa's AV-8B Harrier II kits. The set includes two sets of forward and rear exhaust/lift nozzles and are direct replacements for the kit parts. As is expected with Brengun/Hauler, the castings are excellent and a huge improvement over the kit parts. I soaked the parts in Simple Green overnight to remove any casting residue, then rinsed them off I with water and used a fine razor saw to remove the nozzles from the pour stubs.

The front "cold" nozzles include the interior vanes that are conspicuously absent on the kit nozzles, and as they are single piece casting, there is no seam down the middle of the nozzles to fill. One of the nozzles had a couple of small airholes where the casting block was attached, but these were easily taken care of with Mr. Surfacer and light sanding. I also had to do a little sanding where the pour stub was attached to get it to match the rounded shape of the rear of the nozzle.

Unlike the kit parts, the rear "hot" nozzles are hollow and like the front nozzles include the prominent interior vanes of the real nozzle. Again, I had a couple of small air holes to fill where the pour stub was removed and had to sand the pour stub location to restore the rounded shape of the rear nozzles.

Assembly is just like the kit parts as the nozzles have the exact same size attachment point as the kit parts, so they slip right into the kit supplied rubber washers.

I primed all four nozzles with Testors steel. The rear ones will stay this color with some additional colors added to replicate the burned heated metal appearance of the "hot" nozzles. The "cold" nozzles will be painted to match the fuselage side color, once I decide which one to model.

This is another outstanding set from Brengun and one of the easiest I have ever used. The new nozzles are a huge improvement over the kit parts, and I am already looking for a second set for my AV-8B+ kit.

Highly recommended. Thank you to Brengun for the sample set and to IPMS/USA for letting me review it.

  • Kit parts
    Kit parts
  • Cold nozzle exterior
    Cold nozzle exterior
  • Cold nozzle interior
    Cold nozzle interior
  • Cold nozzle top
    Cold nozzle top
  • Hot nozzle exterior
    Hot nozzle exterior
  • Hot nozzle interior
    Hot nozzle interior
  • Nozzles installed
    Nozzles installed

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