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MiG-23 Intake Splitter Plates

Zactomodels 1/32 MiG-23 Intake Splitter Plates First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2011 Manufacturer Zactomodels
Subject MiG-23 Intake Splitter Plates Scale 1/32
Kit Number 32032 Media Resin
Pros Detailed correction to Trumpeter kits Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $25.00 + Postage

 

 

First Look

Zactomodels is a small aftermarket company that does some of the most incredible engineering and casting to correct or convert selected beloved subjects. This time around, they've started a series of sets to improve Trumpeter's great 1/32 MiG-23 Flogger kits.

MiG-23 Intake Splitter Plates
MiG-23 Intake Splitter Plates

No kit is perfect and many folks can live with the intake splitter plates as-is in the kit. For those of us who are more serious about the subject, you can see in the image above (with the blue background) the Zactomodels resin splitter plates on the left and one of the Trumpeter splitter plates (two parts - front and rear). You can see that there is a shape difference between the two plates and Zactomodels definitely nailed it. These parts are drop in replacements for the three-piece splitters (Trumpeter also uses a photo-etched part to represent the tiny air holes that run through the plate but are slightly out of place.

Of course Zactomodels found that the head-on shape of the intake wasn't quite right and provides instructions for the modeler to fix that with some cutting, scrap plastic and sanding/filing. You can see more about this on their website.

As I mentioned, this is one of several sets being produced for the MiG-23 which also include wing glove pylons/missile rails and your choice of single or twin-rail Aphid launchers for the ventral stations.

You can learn more about this and other project from the Zactomodels website at http://www.zactomodels.com.

My sincere thanks to Zactomodels for this review sample!

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