RED ROO MODELS


RRR48157 1/48 CAC Sabre 100 Imp Gallons (120 US Gal) capacity drop tanks


by David Harvey

 

Review Type

First Look

Scale:

1/48

Price:

$8.75 AUD from Red Roo

Contents and Media:

2 x resin tanks

Advantages:

Nicely cast

Disadvantages:

No panel lines

Recommendation:

Highly Recommended

 

Introduction

As with all items such as wing tanks and weapons the biggest problem is getting the right shaped and sized item to suit your model. Red Roo has come to the help for those modelling the F-86 sabre by providing two different types of tanks for your kit.

From looking at images on the internet there seems to be a variety of sizes and configurations of tanks used on the F-86 including no tailplanes, triangular tailplanes or ones with fins as depicted here. According to Red Roo the tanks portrayed in this set are the more common ones seen.

These tanks were released in conjunction with the 166 Imp Gal (200 US Gal) drop tanks reviewed HERE.

The kit items

For your money you receive two very nicely cast drop tanks and the brief, but informative, instruction sheet. The profile of the tanks looks very good in comparison to the images on the internet despite being a relatively hard shape to capture. The tail fins are very thin and care needs to be taken when cleaning off the casting block and at all stages of using them.

The only down point to the tanks, if you wish to call it that, is the lack of panel lines on the sides. On the available images the joints can look very pronounced but on the kit items there is only the fuel filler cap on the top of the tank. When scaled down the panel lines may not realistically be visible but I am sure that some will want to scribe them for a more 'artistic' look.

Unlike the 1/72 Drop Tanks (reviewed HERE) you do not receive the wing pylons to attach the tanks to the model and will have to use the kit ones.

Comparison between 166 and 100 Imp Gal Drop tanks

 

The Instructions

The instructions are a double sided A4 sheet with six reference images and a brief but helpful bit of history that gives assistance in selecting the correct tank for the aircraft you are modelling.

Reference Images

These images are of the 100 Imp Gal tank on the Avon Sabre located at the Queensland Aviation Museum at Caloundra, Queensland.

 

Recommendation

I highly recommend these items as they are very nicely cast, well shaped and appear to be accurate. The lack of panel lines I believe is a personal choice and should not put anyone off from buying them.

Review items courtesy of and available from Red Roo Models.