LANTIRN Targeting Pods
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||TK32022 AN/AAQ-25 Targeting Pod
TK32028 AN/AAQ-14 Targeting Pod
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||6 parts in grey resin (TK32022)
2 parts in grey resin (TK32028)
Reviewed by Dave
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For those wanting to do a LANTIRN-equipped F-14 bomber in 1/32 scale, Teknics
has released set TK 32022, which contains the AN/AAQ-25 Targeting Pod, complete
with F-14 pylon adaptor. Itís a pretty simple set, consisting of six parts
molded in CEís gray resin. The surface detail is very well done and there are no
molding flaws in my sample, which seems to be the standard for CE/Teknics. Even
the exhaust vent on the rear of the pod is molded; however care must be taken
when removing the casting block to prevent damaging the grill detail. The pod
itself consists of two parts, the main body and a separate seeker head, which
can be positioned as desired during assembly. The actual seeker ball is fixed in
the normal ground position, namely with the optical windows covered by the head.
The remaining parts consist of the pylon, which attaches to the underside of the
kit starboard weapons pylon, the adaptor that goes between the pod and the resin
pylon, and two electrical connectors which are visible between the pod and
For those doing an F-15E Strike Eagle, or F-16CG, the pod/seeker head
combination is also available separately as TK 32028, AN/AAQ-14 Targeting Pod.
Although the designation is different, the USAF and USN pods are externally
identical. The instructions state that the pod contained in the Tamiya Strike
Eagle kit is a prototype pod.
comparison with the Tamiya part reveals that the Teknics pod has a taller rear
air intake, and has the screened exhaust at the rear of the air scoop, which is
missing on the Tamiya pod. Looking at photographs of the real thing, the Teknics
pod is more accurate.
Usage is pretty simple; cut the Tamiya part off of its pylon and glue on the
Teknics pod. Using the pod on an F-16 is more complicated as you will have to
make the appropriate adaptor pylon, as well as do more work to make a correct
Block 40/42 F-16C kit to go on the other side of the pylon.
This is a welcome set, especially for those doing Bombcats.
Review samples kindly provided by Meteor Productions.
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Review Copyright © 2002 by Dave
Page Created 10 April, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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