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NATO Antenna base
NATO vehicles common antennas set
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by: Seb Viale [ SEB43 ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction
ET Model is a recent Chinese AM manufacturer. They are currently producing PE and resin upgrading kits.

Antennas are usually not a real point of interest for the plastic kit producers. Generally vague in details, antenna bases are horrible pieces of plastic with noticeable seam lines. Resin counterparts can be used to replace them but the original functionality (meaning the spring appearance) is not well depicted. I had the chance to work with some ET Model upgrade kits in PE and I was happy to use the ready-made antenna bases with a real spring. It is workable and you can use a stiff material for the antennas as seen in real life.

With this kit, ET model introduce a real nice set for a better representation of the antenna bases.

Contents
The kit is well pack in a ziplock plastic bag, but the kit parts are not further protected which is odd since the resins parts are fragile and small. The content of the kit is the following:
Three resin sprues of parts
seven black springs
four transparent bottles
an A4 sheet of instructions

review
The kit is pretty easy kit to use. Different antenna bases are provided in order to cover the NATO vehicle range. I was able to identify the antenna bases for the following nationalities:
US, Canadian, French, German, Australian, NZ, Italian.

The construction is pretty easy shave off your plastic antenna base, select the correct base from the ones provided in the kit, and glue in the aerial. No material is provided for the aerial so the modeler can choose depending on their own requirements and taste. The build is finished by gluing the round safety end on top. To aid the modeler all the resins parts are predrilled, so no tedious drilling activity on a 2mm diameter fragile resin part. Two different antenna bases are provided as well as the connector for the aerial. With this set, you can generate seven different antennas.

Also, four transparent plastic bottles are provided to depict the bottles used to put the chem.-light glow stick inside during night operation.

Surprisingly when sanding off the plastic base, you remove the 4 bolts, but this piece is missing from this kit while you can find it on most similar kits from ET Model.

conclusion
This is an easy build. It is the one upgrade most needed on modern kits.
SUMMARY
Highs: Easy build, nice usage of spring
Lows: Surprisingly when sanding off the plastic base, you remove the 4 bolts, but this piece is missing from this kit while you can find it on most similar kits from ET Model.
Verdict: If you need only one AM set for your modern kit, this is the one.
Percentage Rating
97%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: ER 35-027
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 05, 2012
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.06%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.07%

About Seb Viale (seb43)
FROM: PARIS, FRANCE

Back to Europe, I am living in Paris since december 2011 with my Wife. We have a nice 6 years old daughter, and a 3 years Baby boy. I am doing AFV modern era. I started when I was a teenager , back to business after 10 years of break due to Sport (Baseball, yes european plays baseball) and Unive...

Copyright 2019 text by Seb Viale [ SEB43 ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

Thanks for help Tom Cheers Seb
FEB 05, 2012 - 05:22 AM
How pliable are the springs? Can they be bent to show an antenna in a tied down position after being attached to the applicable base?
FEB 05, 2012 - 07:18 AM
Jason The springs can be bent as normal one. It is the same set-up as seen on their LAV-III (I used it) and you can play with the spring like hell, they will bend. You will need a material stiff engought for the aerial to force the bending only on the spring. Cheers Seb
FEB 05, 2012 - 08:14 AM
Any EU retailer?
FEB 09, 2012 - 09:21 AM
Their website lists a few European shops. Tom
FEB 09, 2012 - 11:39 AM
Thanks for a very thorough review! Could you tell us which is which please (by annotating the instruction sheet or the photo with the resin parts)? Cheers, Christophe
MAR 04, 2012 - 08:42 PM
   

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