A-37 Exhaust FOD Covers (Academy)
Quickbost has produced a set of FOD covers for the intake and exhaust parts on the Academy 1/72 A-37 Dragonfly kits. The resin parts are simple drop-in plugs for the kit’s plastic parts. There will be some modification required to the kit and/or replacement parts to use these resin covers.
A quick drop-in evaluation of the replacement parts (see photos) indicates excellent resin detail that will provide an accurate rendition of the intake and exhaust FOD covers used during ramp storage of these aircraft. However, you can see that the fit of the covers into the dry fitted intake and exhaust assemblies is somewhat less that accurate. Some re-working of either the kit parts, resin parts, or both may be necessary for the tight “forced” fit that these covers needed to fit properly. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints for “insignia red”. Also, remember that you must use epoxy or CA glue to attach these parts to styrene plastic.
Recommended for modelers with better than average skills that will be required to re-work the plastic and resin to make these FOD covers look the part.
Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Quickboost for the opportunity to review this item.