RA-5C Vigilante Pitot Tube and AOA Sensor

Published: March 20th, 2014     
Reviewed by: 
Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model
Price: $5.50
Product / Stock #: 48-080

Master Model from Poland makes turned metal parts for ships and aircraft. They can be used for replacements or, more importantly, improvements. The set reviewed here is for Trumpeter's 1/48 RA-5C Vigilante kit. The set consists of two turned brass parts to replace the AOA sensor and pitot tube. The parts come in the usual pouch, and have a nice set of instructions. You will have to drill a small hole for the AOA sensor.

There is a great picture of the pitot here.

As you can see from the comparison shots, the kit pitot is a nice attempt, but it is too short and way too fat. The Master Model replacement is perfect.  It is a straight drop-in replacement; simply glue the pitot tube in place. Add to that the strength of turned brass pitot tube, and it becomes essential for building the Trumpeter Vigilante.

This set is highly recommended.  At $5.50, it is a necessity.  If you have the Trumpeter kit, you need to have this set for your build.

My thanks to Master Model and to IPMS/USA for the chance to review it.

  • Manufacturer's Photo
    Manufacturer's Photo
  • Set Contents
    Set Contents
  • Instructions
  • Pitot Tube Comparison to Kit Part
    Pitot Tube Comparison to Kit Part
  • Pitot Tube Installed
    Pitot Tube Installed
  • AOA Sensor Installed
    AOA Sensor Installed
  • AOA Sensor Installed
    AOA Sensor Installed

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