RP 825 Fuel Tank with Pylon
PJ Production has jumped in to help 1/48 Mirage III series model builders. This new release provides you with a Mirage center line RP 825 fuel tank along with the pylon featured on the Dassault Mirage IIIS / RS, CJ, CJ / EZ, and the Cheetah. This set is probably focused on the new Kinetic 1/48 Mirage III kits, but it should also work well on the Academy, Eduard, Fonderie Minatures, Heller, and Hobby Boss kits; along with the older ESCI kit that has also been re-boxed by Revell and Italeri.
Notable is the re-sealable packaging that PJ Production uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. You will want to be careful handling the resin fins as their thinness makes them easy to break or chip. There are no painting instructions included with the small instruction sheet. I did not observe any air-bubbles in the resin parts.
Assembling the resin parts is fairly easy, with the rear of the fuel tank fitting to the front of the fuel tank. A nice feature to assure alignment is a square head and a square recess to fit the two parts together. The pylon separates from the pour stub quite easily with a razor saw. I primed the assembled tank and the pylon with Tamiya Black and then painted with Vallejo Metal Colors Aluminum. The final paintjob is going to depend on which aircraft you plan on using it on.
Be sure to use your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin material.
My thanks to PJ Production and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great resin set.