Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.
Brengun has produced a set of weapon/fuel tank pylons for any 1/72 scale F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornet kit. Any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these pylons in lieu of the kit parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple replacement installation that provides realistic scale-detailed pylons with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts. The photo comparison is to the pylons supplied in the 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18D kit. The Brengun pylons (below their Hasegawa equivalent) have superior component detail to those supplied in the Hasegawa kit.
Some cautionary advice: for those without basic modeling experience, use CA (“super-glue”) sparingly, to assemble and/or attach these parts to your plastic kit, as the usual plastic glues do not react with resin parts. Painting of the of the parts is necessary, so check your references, and be sure to prime with the appropriate materials that are compatible with your preferred paints.
Overall, this is an excellent replacement set that will lend increased realism to your 1/72 Hornet. These sets can be purchased at the Brengun website above.
Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Brengun for the opportunity to review this item.