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Luftwaffe 300 litre Drop Tank

Cutting Edge

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: CEC48154
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 2 resin parts 
Price: US$7.95
Review Type: In-Bag
Advantages: Accurate profile for tank and mount; addresses weak area of Hasegawa's Bf 109 kits; crisp detail; breather tube and tank mount detail included.
Disadvantages: Casting block on ETC mount may be tricky to remove; no instructions to mention requirement for strap and fuel feeder tube.
Recommendation: Recommended for anyone building, in particular, Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Bf 109s

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions

 

FirstLook


Cutting Edge's 300 litre drop tank is about as simple a conversion as you will find. It comprises just two resin parts - the drop tank and its mount for the belly of the fuselage.

Nevertheless, this is a welcome product, particularly for modellers building the 1/48 scale Hasegawa family of Bf 109 kits. The mount for the tank supplied in the kit is the wrong shape. Cutting Edge's resin replacement item looks much better.

This style of tank and mount was most commonly seen on the Messerschmitt Bf 109F-K.

I liked the inclusion of the hollow breather tube at the front of the tank and the detailed sway-brace attachment points at the top. All detail is very crisp and well executed. There are no pinholes or other imperfections in the casting on my sample.

The casting block for the mount is quite chunky. Care will be required to avoid damage to the relatively thin mount when removing this block.

There are no instructions with this set. The determined detailer will want to add a strap (around the tank) and a fuel feeder pipe between the top of the tank and the centre of the mount. Brass tube or plastic rod will suffice for this task. Also, don't forget that the rack was mounted offset slightly to the port side of the fuselage centreline.

This is another simple but effective accessory from Cutting Edge.

Recommended.

Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample


Cutting Edge Modelworks Resin Conversion Kits are available at Meteor Productions Website


Review and Images Copyright 2000 by Brett Green
Page Created 29 March, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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