Dassault Mirage III/5 Pitot Tube
This is one of a prolific series of very fine brass replacements for pitot tubes and gun barrels from Master Model Poland. They do ranges in 1/24, 1/32, 1/35, 1/48 and 1/72 for aircraft as well as guns in all the major scales for ships and a few guns in 1/35 for our armor-building friends. They are all very well made, being very petite and usually more in scale than their plastic counterparts. And, once installed, they’re much harder to accidentally break off than plastic. Yes, some of them are sharp enough puncture the less than vigilant. Ask me how I know.
This pitot was made to replace the pitot in any Mirage III or Mirage 5 kit. In the included pictures, I compare the brass pitot to the plastic one from the Heller Mirage IIIE/R/5BA kit as well as the Mirage IIICJ from AML. As you can see, it is much finer, with a better shape and scale thickness than that included with either kit. It is a direct replacement for the kit part, with instructions to ‘Drill proper hole if necessary’ with a .5mm bit. That is slightly smaller than a number 76 drill bit.
For scale fidelity and appearance alone, these accessories are worth the effort and relatively small cost. Recommended. Thanks go to Master Model for supplying the part and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.