Exterior Detail Set
Wolfpack Design, 1/48 scale
S u m m a r y
||Wolfpack Design WP48009
|Contents and Media:
||Seven parts in grey resin
plus shipping available online from Lucky Model
||High quality casting; very good
detail; noticeable improvement over kit parts; includes references and
by Rodger Kelly
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Wolfpack Design is a new name to me and this is the first of their
detail sets that I have seen.
trip to their website at
www.wolfpack-d.com reveals that they are based in the Republic of
Korea and they manufacture resin details and conversion sets in the
three popular scales as well as decals. To date, they have released 18
conversion/detail sets in 1/48 scale and the same two decal sets in
three different scales. They also have an ambitious list of products
subject of this review though is WP48009 F-8E/J Crusader Exterior set
for the Hasegawa kit.
set comprises just seven parts in total:
Four pylons for
AIM-9/Zuni rocket pods
A wheel bay cover
that incorporates antenna for the ECM measures fitted to late E/J
and latter versions of the F-8.
A pair of
afterburner cooling scoops.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
set is cast in a light grey and reasonably flexible resin. The exterior
surfaces of the parts have a slight silky texture when compared to the
kit parts that they are to replace. The casting is first rate too with
no pinholes or miscasts evident.
you would expect, there is far more detail on the set parts than that of
the kitís parts. The pylons have the same rebated centre that the kit
ones do but the setís ones also exhibit the internal stiffening evident
on the one-to-one-scale ones.
wheel bay cover is a straight replacement for the kit part too. I was
not aware that these antennas were fitted to the F-8 at all as they are
very difficult to make out in pictures of the Crusader as they are
hidden by the wheel bay doors when the aircraft is on the ground. If a
picture is worth a thousand words, follow this link and you can see them
final two parts in the set are the afterburner cooling scoops. The kit
parts are moulded solid whist the Wolfpack resin ones have been cast
hollowed out and with the correct oval opening. The resin scoops have
also been cast with the same alignment pins as are on the kit parts.
Having the dexterity of a left handed chimpanzee, I have managed to
mangle a few of the kit ones in an attempt to hollow them out so these
two items are worth the price of entry for the whole set as far as I am
parts have been cast on a plinth and have definite parting lines cast in
place to ease removal and clean-up.
Support information/assembly instructions comprise a small folded page
that has colour photos of the parts cleaned up and in-place on the
Hasegawa kit as well as two photos of a completed kit with folded wings
a deployed ventral air brake and an open gun cover on the forward
fuselage. As none of these are provided in the Hasegawa kit I am hoping
that Wolfpack will be releasing them in the future! The sheet also
provides a list of references as well as a list of other resin updates
and decal sheets available for the F-8 in 1/48 scale.
parts are packed into a clear plastic zip-loc bag which is then placed
into an acetate blister pack along with the instructions/support
is a great little update set and as far as I
am concerned is well worth the $12.00 asking price!
If you are looking for some excellent reference photographs to assist
you with detailing the Hasegawa F-8 head on over to the Airstrip page of
Prime Portal, the Military Enthusiast and Modelerís Web Site and click
F-8 Crusader page. It is an excellent reference site and where the
above picture of the landing bay cover is located.
Thanks to Lucky Model for the review sample
Kinetic Models are
online from Lucky Model
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 17 October, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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