Cutting Edge 1/32 ALQ-71 (QRC-160-1) Jamming Pods for F-105s in Vietnam First Look
|Date of Review||November 2004||Manufacturer||Cutting Edge|
|Subject||ALQ-71 (QRC-160-1) Jamming Pods for F-105s in Vietnam||Scale||1/32|
|Kit Number||CEC32155||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Improves the realism of the Trumpeter 1/32 F-105 kits||Cons||Resin molding blocks require care for removal|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||OOP|
One detail that has been missing from the 1/32 F-105s is the electronic countermeasures (ECM) pods carried by the Thud for self protection. Two ALQ-71s were usually carried on the outboard pylons. These pods were self-powered using a ram air turbine (RAT) which is a small propeller on the front of the pod that drives a generator inside.
This set includes two pods, a selection of nose caps for the RAT or non-RAT versions of the pod, plus a 'bobbed' tail cone to match the various configurations of the pods flown in Vietnam (check your references).
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 Trumpeter Thud kits to give it a much more accurate profile.
My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!