Standard Nose F-5 Pitot

Published: November 18th, 2019     
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Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model
Price: $3.66
Product / Stock #: AM-144-030

The Master products are very fine and well done brass parts to update or repair your kit. In this case, it was an F-5A which I built several years ago, and the pitot tube was badly bent. Also, the guns were barely visible.

This set consists of a brass pitot, two 20mm guns, and a fairing which can replace the left gun.

The upgrade is pretty simple. You get a .3mm drill. Remove the kit pitot and drill a hole there. The guns require a little more work, as there isn't a good place to start drilling. I began by using a #1 blade to dig the guns out, then drilled the .3 mm holes. Then I installed the pitot and the guns. I had to use a little filler under the guns to get them looking good.

I painted the area with the same gray I used to paint the model, then highlighted the guns. I used Testors "Burnt Metal" for these, as I find gun metal to be too dark.

And the project was done. Looks good.

Overall Evaluation: Recommended. If your 1/144 F-5 needs a new pitot, and the guns aren't up to standards, this is what you've been looking for. The pitot is much stronger and more to scale than the plastic parts, and much more durable. Also, the brass pitot is far easier to straighten, and won't break like the plastic version.

Many thanks to Master Models for providing this product, and to IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

  • 2 F-5 Round Inst
    2 F-5 Round Inst
  • 3 Round Pitot Parts
    3 Round Pitot Parts
  • 4 Round Pitot Before
    4 Round Pitot Before
  • 5 Round Pitot Finished 1
    5 Round Pitot Finished 1
  • 6 Round Pitot Finished 2
    6 Round Pitot Finished 2

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