Set No. PE 35006
M26 227mm Rocket Pods
Set No. PE 35007
The packaging as this is a little different than the normal plastic bags PE sets usually come in with the PE frets enclosed in a stout cardboard foldout pack similar in size and shape to a double music or software CD pack and offers good protection for the frets.
The MLRS set has four PE frets and the M26 set four frets of excellent finely etched parts with nice relief on the details and excellent weave effect on the radiator grill with the parts having the usual engraved lines to help with the bending process, a metal bending tool such as the Etch Mate or Hold & Fold will be handy in using the sets.
The frets in the MLRS set are etched in three different thicknesses of .015mm for frets A and D, 0.25mm for fret B and thicker 0.50mm for fret C while the four frets in the M26 set are in 0.25mm metal.
The contents of the sets are:
|PE 35006 MLRS Set
||PE 35007 M26 Rocket Pods
PE 35006 MLRS Set:
The cab interior gets an etched instrument panel with photo film dials plus driver’s pedals plus seat belts, seat supports and details on the insides of the doors such as door handles and fittings.
The majority of the parts are for the cab exterior with windscreen wipers for the front windows and very extensive assemblies for the louvered covers with the etched parts completely replacing the kit plastic parts. These are very detailed assemblies that will see the louvers operable as well as the driver’s cover that will swing up as per the real thing. These assemblies will require some patience and care to assemble but will be very detailed when finished.
Of note are the tie down cleats on the cab roof which are included on the thicker 0.50mm fret and are correctly shaped with the centre section raised as per the image , just like the actual cleats.
All the fittings on the left engine compartment panel are in etched as is the shovel support and securing strap while the top of the engine compartment gets fine grills for the large radiator and filter plus lifting eyes in thicker metal.
PE 35007 M26 Rocket Pods:
The entire pod frames are supplied in etched metal and you only need replace the frames from the kit tubes with the new ones for very well defined pods, the frames are etched in the thicker 0.25mm metal for a nice scale appearance.
This is only a brief rundown on the many parts in the sets and I have included scans of the instructions to show everything in the set. The instructions are quite clear and easy to follow and should make assembling the parts quite easy.
This is an excellent etched detail set with the quality being as good as anything you will see today and will add many fine details to the Dragon MLRS kit.
At this time I’m not aware of any outlets for the Voyage Models etched sets but as soon as this becomes know this page will be updated with the info, but I think once the news of these excellent sets gets out this minor problem will be quickly resolved.
See the Voyager Models website for additional details.
Thanks to Mr. Xu lifeng of Voyager Models for kindly providing the review samples.
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