F-16 Pitot Tube and Angle of Attack Probes

Published on
March 14, 2013
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Tamiya 1/48 F-16 Fighting Falcon
Company: Master Model - Website: Visit Site
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Detail Parts

Three parts are included in this set: the pitot tube and two angle of attack probes. The parts are packaged in a small zip-lock bag, stapled in a folded, heavy paper stock display hanger. The parts are also further sealed in a small envelope of clear plastic film taped to a heavy card stock stiffener inside the bag.

A small instruction sheet is also included that shows the installation.


This pitot tube is designed for the Tamiya F-16. Installation is a simple matter of drilling out the opening in the kit nose part, applying a touch of super glue, inserting the pitot tube – and it is ready for paint. That simple, but what an improvement over the kit pitot tube! Same goes for the AOA probes mounted on either side of the nose, except here the probes fit within pre-formed openings in the sides of the nose. These particular parts are tiny!! Care will be required during installation to avoid loss.

When compared to the kit parts, the turned brass parts are light years ahead in detail. Certainly, this is not meant as any form of discredit to Tamiya, but there is just so much detail that can be molded in plastic. Caution note: the angle of attack probes are quite sharp, and once installed care must be exercised to avoid finger and thumb injuries.

This aftermarket set is recommended for those modelers wishing to add that special detail to their F-16 Viper model. This is a short review for a small part that is super detailed. These guys are amazing! Highly recommended.

I wish to thank Master Model for the review sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this product.


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