AN/ALE-50 Towed Decoy System

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Review Author(s)
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$15.72
Product / Stock #
Fa48088
Base Kit
F-16CJ Fighting Falcon Tamiya kit
Company: Fab Scale
Product

A new 3D printed AN/ALE-50 Towed Decoy System in 1/48th scale is provided by Fab Scale as a drop-in replacement for the F-16CJ Fighting Falcon Tamiya kit.

Note: There is no official website for Fab Scale at the time of this review, but a few foreign hobby websites are selling this product.

In the Package and Product Notes

The sample review came in a plastic bag with a cardboard topper for a pegboard display.

Two (2) AN/ALE-50 units are printed with pink salmon-colored resin. These parts replace kit parts J30, J33, and J34. The printed resolution is very fine with no visible build-up layers and the print quality is excellent.

Review Process

I started by separating the parts from their base by using side-cutting nippers. Next, wet sanding removed the remaining support nubs.

I went straight to painting using Tamiya XF-20 Medium Grey as a base primer coat. This was followed by a pin wash mixture of Future-water-Vallejo Black to add depth to the panel lines and fasteners.

The strength of this detail part is the aft end. The hardpoint casing is scale thin and the tiny details are very noticeable with some highlights and a dark pin wash.

Conclusion

This is a great 3D printed set if you want to replace the kit’s 3-piece molded AN/ALE-50 Towed Decoy System.

I want to thank Warspite Model Company and Fab Scale for providing the 3D printed set and IPMS/USA for allowing me the opportunity to review it.

Highly recommend for everyone who wants to add more detail to their F-16 Fighting Falcon!

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