150 Gallon Fuel Drop Tank USN/USMC WWII/Korea
A new resin detail set from Brengun to add or replace 1/72nd scale 150 gallon drop tanks for the USN/USMC aircraft for WWII/Korea era.
In The Box
There are two resin poured drop tanks and a photoetched brass sheet inside the packaging. Paper instruction is printed on one side and very well illustrated.
The process starts out by cutting away the pour stubs from the drop tanks. This was done with a seam scrapper and hobby knife. Once separated, I wet sanded the attached areas to reduce any airborne resin dust. Next, I washed both drop tanks in a bath of warm water with dishwash soap and used an old toothbrush to scrub away any mold release agent that may be left on the surface.
Once dry, I proceeded to install PE parts. Note, these are very small parts and the use of an Optivisor may come in handy. To bond the PE parts to the resin surface I used liquid Super Glue (CA). Pictures show side-by-side before and after PE parts are installed.
As a comparison to a kit provided 150 gallon drop tank, I took a picture of Tamiya’s 1/72nd scale F4U-1A Corsair (parts B6 & B7) and placed them next to the resin parts. The added detail from the Brengun part is very noticeable when compared to Tamiya’s. Thus, making this a good resin upgrade when you can see the difference.
It is recommended after assembly to coat the drop tanks with a quality primer since there are two distinct materials (resin & brass) that will need a good base coat for paint to adhere too.
If there was one area of improvement, it would be to add some instructions on how to install the drop tank to the underwing.
This is great resin set from Brengun and an improvement for USN/USMC 150 gallon drop tanks. Perusing the internet, I saw this was used on late model F4U Corsairs for WWII and Korea and on some A-1 Skyraiders. Please note, the PE parts are tiny and may be a challenge to some.
I want to thank Brengun for providing the resin 150 gallon drop tanks and IPMS/USA for allowing me the opportunity to review.
Highly Recommend to EVERYONE!