SAAB J35 Draken Pitot Tubes

Published: December 4th, 2013     
SAAB J35 Draken Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model
Price: $5.50
Product / Stock #: AM-72-055
Product provided by: Master Model

This accessory is for the Airfix, Hasegawa, and Heller Draken kits. The parts are replacement pitot tubes and an Angle of Attack sensor.

The Kit

You get three finely done brass parts in a plastic envelope, which is inside another plastic envelope. I found that the pitot tubes were in a separate tube-like pouch, with the AOA probe in a separated part of the inner plastic bag. I had to cut the bag twice to get the parts out.

I liked the instruction sheet, it was simple, and showed you exactly where to put the pitots and the AOA.

Assembly

This particular model had the tail pitot intact, but the nose one had been broken off long ago. I cut off the tail pitot and drilled a small shallow hole. The nose pitot required a little cutting to get the taper of the pitot to match the nose part.

The pitots went in nicely, and I was able to get the alignment pretty close before the CA glue set. It's also nice to be able to bend the pitot if it's out slightly without worrying about breaking it.

Drilling the AOA was not a big deal, and this part went in pretty easily too.

Overall Evaluation

Highly recommended. The metal parts are much finer and more durable than the kit parts, and I can't recall a kit that has an AOA sensor, so it's a nice addition.

Thanks to Master for the part and to IPMS/USA for letting me review it.

  • Instructions
    Instructions
  • Nose pitot-AOA sensor
    Nose pitot-AOA sensor
  • Tail sensor
    Tail sensor

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