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Wright R-2600 Engine


Vector, 1/48 scale


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Catalogue No. and Description WWII Engine Series 48-010 - Wright R-2600
Price: USD $17.95 plus postage and handling ($3.50 in the USA, $6.00 elsewhere) available online from Buffie's Best website
Contents and Media: 20 parts in grey resin
Scale: 1/48
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Beautiful detail and casting; versatile usage for a range of aircraft; detail will be highly visible in engine cowls
Disadvantages: DIY pushrods and ignition harness
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green

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Vector continues their line of remarkably well-detailed engines with a new Wright R-2600.

The engine comprises 30 parts cast perfectly in grey and grey-green resin. The crankcase and main section of the engine are cast as a single unit. This a particularly nice piece of work, with bolt head detail and even the splines present of the propeller shaft.



Each cylinder is presented complete with delicate cooling fins and impressive fine detail. The bases of the cylinders are also intricately detailed.



The remaining parts are for the manifold piping at the rear of the engine and a separate magneto.

Casting blocks are not too daunting. A few seconds careful attention with a razor saw will make short work of removing the parts. There is some feather-like flash to clean up around the front of the crankcase too, but this will be a fast and easy task.

Pushrods and ignition harness are not supplied, so you will need to add these from wire and rod.

The engine block has nice deep locating holes for each cylinder, making assembly a fairly simple matter.

The Wright R-2600 was fitted to the TBF/TBM Avenger, A-20, B-25, Baltimore and Vengeance.

Vector's 1/48 scale Wright R-2600 is an impressive offering, and will represent a great improvement in detail for any of the kits mentioned above.


Thanks to Buffie's Best for the review sample

Vector Engines are available from Buffie's Best website

Review Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 22 December, 2006
Last updated 21 December, 2006

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