Cutting Edge 1/32 ALQ-71 (QRC-160-1) Jamming Pod for F-4s in Vietnam First Look
|Date of Review||November 2004||Manufacturer||Cutting Edge|
|Subject||ALQ-71 (QRC-160-1) Jamming Pod for F-4s in Vietnam||Scale||1/32|
|Kit Number||CEC32153||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Improves the realism of Vietnam era F-4 model||Cons||Resin molding blocks require care for removal|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||OOP|
One detail that has been missing from 1/32 Phantoms is the electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod carried for self protection. The ALQ-71 was usually carried either on the starboard inboard pylon or up in the starboard front Sparrow missile well. This pod was also usually accompanied by an ALQ-87 pod carried in the corresponding spot on the port side of the aircraft. These pods were usually flown without a ram air turbine (RAT), which is a small propeller on the front of the pod that drives a generator inside the pod. Evidently the F-4 had more than enough engine-generated power for both pods.
This set includes one pod, a selection of nose caps for the RAT or non-RAT versions of the pod.
Cast in light gray resin, these parts require the removal of the corresponding sections of the kit, but assembly is simple and instructions walk you though the process.
This is a nice addition for the Tamiya or Revell F-4 kits to give it a much more accurate profile.
My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!