Brengun produces a wide range of unique resin, photoetch (PE) accessories and full kits in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144.
This resin set comes in a small sturdy cardboard box containing four standard F/A-18 fuel tanks and a refueling “Buddy Pod”. The buddy pod consists of a two-part pod, two different styles of ram air turbine (RAT) hubs, jettison tube, basket housing and photo etch RAT blades. Panel lines are very crisp but deep enough where primer will not fill the panel lines. The upper detail on the pod that would be hidden under the pylon is detailed just in case the pod is displayed separate from your model.
Assembly is very simple on the buddy pod but be careful with the RAP blades. I recommend installing the hub with blades at final assembly to prevent breaking off any of the blades. You may want to check your references to see what RAT hub to choose from. I am uncertain if this pod us used on the F/A-18E/F only but I am hopeful the buddy pod can be used on other platforms. There are a few good articles on the buddy pod, one in particular is in “tailspin topics”.
This set will take a line F/A-18E or F and update it into a tanker version that can refuel other aircraft. Brengun’s F/A-18 product line includes Weapons pylons, exhaust, wheels and general accessories in addition to this tanker upgrade.
Thanks to Brengun for this very nice set.