SEPECAT Jaguar GR1/GR3 - Pitot Tube
Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.
The pitot part is a very fine piece of brass. The brass pitot is much finer than the kit part. Note that in the photos at the bottom, the pitot on the kit has already bent. While I was putting on decals it completely broke off. This saved me having to cut off the pitot to put on the Master brass part. It also shows why the Master part is superior.
The installation is pretty simple. I drilled a hole in the nose where the kit pitot had broken off. I test fitted the new part to make sure it fit OK. I put a small drop of gel-type super glue on the base of the pitot, and put it in that hole. I used a bit of accelerator to save some time.
I then painted the pitot with the same Operation Granby sand I used on the rest of the aircraft.
I then added the canopy, landing gear and gear doors. I bumped against the pitot a couple of times, but no damage, no bending, no breaking.
The Academy Jaguar I used is a 1987 mold. The kit is a little crude, and some changes have been made to Jaguars since the kit was released. Nevertheless, it looks pretty good with the Gulf War paint and decals. The pitot is more accurate in size and shape than the kit part, and it’s also far less likely to break.
Thanks to Master Model for the review item, and IPMS USA for making me build my Gulf War Jaguar.