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Harlan Kit

Skunk Models 1/48 Harlan Tow Tractor Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2012 Manufacturer Skunkmodels
Subject Harlan Tow Tractor Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48028 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Easy build, nice details Cons No decals
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

Harlan Kit
Harlan Kit
Harlan Kit

Skunk Models is back with another very useful kit. This time we have the Harlan MA-50 tow tug in 1/48 scale which you'll find in use on military and commercial aviation ramps around the world. What's even nicer is that there are three kits in this 'kit'.

The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on six parts trees. Four of the trees make up into two Harlan tow tugs, the last two trees make up into the modern missile cart that was previously released by Skunk Models as kit 48004.

The kit provides:

  • 2 x MA-50 tow tugs
  • 2 x tow bars
  • 1 x missile cart

The only down side is that no decals are included to mark up the tugs or the cart. The markings are simple enough with serial numbers and service tags which can easily be made up from spare decals.

This set is great to add some additional depth to a 1/48 scale modern flightline diorama or vignette. Kudos to Skunk Models for providing this essential detail for aircraft modelers! What's even more interesting is that another company has released the Clark tug tractor which arrived at the same time as this Harlan tug.

My sincere thanks to Lucky Model for this review sample!