AMS Resin 1/32 F-100 335 Gallon Drop Tank Conversion, Corrected Pylons, and RWR Fairing First Look
|Date of Review||July 2007||Manufacturer||AMS Resin|
|Subject||F-100 335 Gallon Drop Tank Conversion, Corrected Pylons, & RWR Fairing||Scale||1/32|
|Pros||Lengthens the Trumpeter 1/32 F-100 fuel tanks from 275 to 335 gallons as used during Vietnam and later; corrects the tank's pylons on stations 2 and 7||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$11.00|
AMS Resin is a relatively new company with an interesting product line. In this latest release, they've created a simple conversion that replicates real life. To convert the F-100's 275 gallon fuel tank into a 335 gallon tank, the tank was lengthened by 28 inches by inserting a cylinder approximately 26 inches in diameter at the widest part of the tank. The 275 gallon tank was cut in half at the widest point and the insert welded into place.
The Trumpeter 1/32 F-100D kit comes with a pair of 275 gallon tanks, which is ideal for operations in the 1950s when these aircraft wore beautiful color schemes. By Vietnam however, the tanks were modified to add additional range to the aircraft.
AMS Resin has engineered two ways for you to convert your 275 gallon tanks, use set 32004 (reviewed here) to replace the tank front end or use this set to simply insert a plug. To accomodate this upgrade, you cut at the seam line at the widest point in the tank and insert this plug. Instant 335 gallon tank in 1/32 scale.
This set was updated from its original release with the addition of a corrected set of pylons for the 275 and 335 gallon tanks. These were suspended under stations 2 and 7. The detailing on these pylons is crisp and blends nicely with the Trumpeter kit. Even the mounting pins are compatible with the existing kit.
In addition, the distinctive radar warning receiver (RWR) antenna fairing that was installed under the nose of some Super Sabres has also bee added to this set should you want to upgrade your Trumpeter kit as well.
Look for some other interesting releases for the Trumpeter 1/32 F-100 series. AMS Resin provides some nice detail at a very reasonable price.
Recommended for experienced modelers!
My sincere thanks to AMS Resin for this review sample!
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