Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger gun tip and Pitot Tube
Hot on the heels of their 1/48 scale release, Master Models has released a 1/32 scale version of the GAU-8 Avenger gun tip for the Trumpeter A-10. Also included is a corrected pitot tube.
The set is straightforward with a sheet of photoetch for the front and back of the gun barrel, a turned brass center post, seven turned gun barrels, a brass main gun housing and a turned pitot tube. I included several shots of the main gun housing with its holes as it is a work of art. Finely made and with the holes made perfectly.
Assembly is done by adding the back plate and gluing the brass center post into its hole. The only tricky part is next when the front cap is added- you must make sure the holes align for the barrels. I did this by adding the end cover and holding it up to light and making sure things were straight. Let that dry and then slide the barrels through and secure them. The pitot tube is a direct replacement.
As you can see by the comparison pictures, there is no comparison. If you are going to build this kit, you need this part. it is much more accurate and to scale. I would say this is not just highly recommended but is required.
My thanks to Master models and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this item.
I found that the holes aren’t big enough for the center support not are they large enough to push the barrels into top he holes.also, there is a faint edge on the end plates on on side which helps align it on the tube. I had to hog out/increase the diameter of each of the holes to make this work.