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Catalogue Number and Description
Models W-2809 - Internal Brace for 1/48 Scale Trumpeter RA-5C
Contents and Media:
||Nine parts on
a die cut wooden sheet
helpful accessory addressing a problem with Trumpeter's Vigilante; useful instructions
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Every now and then something
unexpected pops up out of the blue that you can really find useful.
This new wooden internal brace set for the 1/48 scale Trumpeter RA-5C
Vigilante is one of those occasions.
Nautilus Models are a US based company
that have been around for while now. Better known for their resin and
wood detail sets for ships, the internal brace set, to my knowledge at
least, is their first foray into the scale aviation world.
The Trumpeter RA-5C kit has been around
for a while now. It is a reasonable kit as far as I'm concerned. It
does require a fair bit of work to assemble with the upper fuselage seam
being the most difficult to address. I have two kits and the fuselage
halves on both kits are curled downwards – not a great deal, but they
are curled. To cure this I immersed the parts in hot water and gently
bent them outwards. Once this was accomplished I removed the assembly
pins and added tabs along the seam in the same way that you would with a
vac-form kit to reinforce the seam and to give the glue more surface to
bite into. Once this was done, I used a piece of sprue to hold the end
of the fuselage open and to reinforce to "square" it up to line up the
tail cone seam. This was not an onerous task but it was time
consuming. Once assembled and braced in this manner, the fuselage of my
kit is reasonably rigid but I treat it with care lest the seams pop
The Nautilus Models kit addresses these
problems. The kit comprises nine pieces in all. Seven of the parts are
the internal brace itself with the remaining two being FOD (foreign
object damage) covers for the engine intakes.
The kit is manufactured entirely from a
thin and light wood that has been laser cut to form the parts.
Construction is easy. Simply snap the parts from the fret and you are
just about ready to go.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
The rear bulkhead has two holes cut into
it to hold the Aires resin after-market after-burner cans should you
want to replace the Trumpeter kit ones. Nautilus quotes Aires set #4118
but Aires have just released a new set specifically designed to fit the
Trumpeter kit (#4258). A dry-fit of these cans reveal that some
adjustment will be required to the Nautilus part to ease fitment should
you opt to use this set. I can't speak for the former Aires set as I
don't have one in my possession.
An A-4 sized page of written
instructions accompany the set that advises a suggested assembly
sequence but I found the pictures of the set being fitted to the
Trumpeter kit on their website
http://nautilusmodels.com/W-2809.htm to be of more assistance.
This is a nice product from Nautilus
that will ease the construction of your Trumpeter Vigilante.
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