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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Pacific Monograph Scratchbuilder Special
100 Wingtip Lights

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Representing the various formation lights on scale model of an airplane can be a bit of a chore, but at the end of the day, they are small but vital elements of the finished product.  Many modern kits going back to the 1980s have a cut-out notch in the wingtip for a wingtip light which is provided as a clear part of some kind.  In my experience, that approach can be challenging for the scale modeler, and I am especially flummoxed when the part for the light doesn't fit, needs filler, then gets sanded to fit, but then that requires repainting and masking of the light, and then there’s overspray onto the wing, and then… it can develop into a hassle.  Let’s leave it at that!

Pacific Monograph offers a solution to the builder’s wingtip light needs – cast clear resin wingtip light “blanks” that come in red, blue, dark green, and clear varieties.  Each color is cast in a thin block and each block is subdivided into twenty small right triangle-shaped pieces.  Remove the part of the desired color, glue it into the wingtip notch for the light, and then sand down the light until it is perfectly conformal with your surrounding wingtip.  For me, I would suggest finishing touches with some 3200 grit followed by 6000 grit or higher Micromesh to really smooth it out and polish the surface.

These parts are perfectly cast, and most importantly, there are no discernable air bubbles inside the clear parts.  They are solid, and the surfaces are highly reflective so once polished, I’m not sure the standard treatment of Future floor wax will even be needed to provide an appropriately reflective simulated glass surface.  

The set contains 20 red, blue, and green light parts each, along with 40 clear parts.  In those cases of a clear light cover, just paint the wingtip light bulb color on the inside edge of the part before gluing or drill a small hole on the inside of the light and fill it with the correct color of paint.

The only caveat I can think of is that the thickness of one of these light blanks seems optimized for 1:32 and 1:48 scale applications.  You can sure use them for 1:72 scale, but just be aware that there will be more time needed to sand it down to scale thickness (obviously!).               

In summary, this is a great set and is quite useful for those interested in representing very realistic wingtip light details on their models.

We extend our sincere thanks to Burl Burlingame of Pacific Monograph for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web and find this and many other products at their webstore: http://www.pacmonoshop.com/catalog/index.php 

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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JET FIGHTERS
OF THE U. S. NAVY AND MARINE CORPS
PART 1: THE FIRST TEN YEARS
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F-14 Tomcats,
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F-14 Tomcats,
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