Aero 48's 1/48 scale
by Thierry Reverdin
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I finally managed to find the time to build not one but
two of the ADS-95 Ranger drone kits in 1/48 scale from Aero 48.
The 18 resin parts are very well molded, individually packaged and free
The landing skids and propeller are quite small and accurate. According
to the pictures of the real ADS-95 Ranger found on the net, the model
looks like the real thing. Actually it matches the one in the Swiss Air
Force museum near Zürich.
I encountered no assembly problems at all. Only a little
putty was needed between the wing and the fuselage, around the upper air
intake, and between the tails booms and rudder. A clever assembly jig is
provided for the two tail booms and rudder.
You can build the prototype or the operational version in the Swiss Air
Force (two nose are provided and the right air intake or visible
Photo-etched parts are for the heat spreaders (radiators), antennaes +
base, launching hooks and tail bumpers (4 of those are provided, but you
need only 2. Better safe than sorry).
Painting the model is not a walk in the park, not
because it's complicated, but because it's small!
First I painted the entire model light grey (FS 27722), then I masked it
all except for the day-glo orange panels( FS 38903).
Mask again over the day-glo and on with the camouflage, freehand: Light
Brown (FS 20140) Light Sand 20266 and Dark Green 24097.
Propeller and turret are grey (FS 26373), antennaes gloss white, the
heat diffusers were left natural photo-etched color (like aluminium).
The Alps printed decals are good.
My ramp is scratchbuilt (only 1/3 of the total length is represented).
The grey model is painted like the one I saw at Lodrino air show in
Hope you enjoy. Best regards from Geneva, Switzerland
Thanks to Aero48 for sending me the kits for review.
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2007 by Thierry Reverdin
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