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SA-2 / HQ-2 PE Update (for Trumpeter 00204/00205)

by: Pawel Krupowicz [ VODNIK ]


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The set from Voyager Model is designed for two Trumpeter models: 00204 SA-2 Guideline Missile on Transport Trailer and 00205 HQ-2 Missile on Transport Trailer. Both kits are almost the same, with the former representing original Russian vehicle and the latter beigne the Chinese version of it. Just a few parts are different in these kits, so it is obvious that Voyager set can be applied to both. Some details in the set however are available in two versions, one for each of the Trumpeter kit variants.

The set comes in a Trumpeter's usual CD-case type cardboard pack and in addition to instruction sheets and four brass photoetched sets it includes also two pieces of ABS rods and a length of steel cable (for the winch). Instructions are quite clear and take three pages of two A4 sheets.

Sizes of photoetched frets are:
A - 64 mm x 106 mm / 0.15 mm thick
B - 64 mm x 96 mm / 0.15 mm thick
C - 64 mm x 96 mm / 0.25 mm thick
D - 48 mm x 73 mm / 0.25 mm thick

Additional parts are: 52 mm long 1 mm diameter ABS rod, 100 mm long 0.5 mm diameter ABS rod and 300 mm length of 0.5 diameter steel wire.

Some included parts are:

- windshield hinges and wipers,

- cab fire extinguisher mount,

- engine hood panel latches (two versions for SA-2 and HQ-2 kits),

- headlight guards,

- pedals and some dials for the cab interior,

- latches for battery and storage boxes,

- complete spare wheel carrier unit,

- brackets and other mounting hardware for tractor and trailer air and fuel tanks,

- rear bumperettes,

- complete missile base ring.

There are also some other small parts included - see instruction sheets scans.

In Trumpeter kits some photoetched parts are included, but Voyager set includes more detailed replacements for most of them.

As in all Voyager sets also here some tiny brass parts are included and appropriate skills are needed to assemble and attach them. This means that the set is meant for more experienced modelers. But the complexity of Trumpeter model is already quite high, so it is not recommended for beginners anyway.
FINAL VERDICT
The set is highly recommended for modelers building any of two versions of Trumpeter model. While the Voyager set seems to be relatively small for such a large kit, the only reason for this is the high quality and big number of fine details included in the plastic model itself.


Many thanks to Voyager Model for the review sample!

Voyager Models detail sets are available in USA among others from Mission Models. For a list of other resellers and distributors please e-mail Voyager at: Support@voyagermodel.com.
SUMMARY
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: PE35012
  Suggested Retail: US $17.98
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  PUBLISHED: Sep 22, 2004
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 82.20%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.70%

About Pawel Krupowicz (Vodnik)
FROM: WARSZAWA, POLAND

As first lines of this bio appear under all my reviews, I feel it is important that I start with this information: In March 2005 I ventured into the other side of modeling "industry" - I was not only building model kits, but also helping design them as a consultant for Dragon Models Ltd.. These days...

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    Contents of the set.
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    First page of instructions.
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    Second page of instructions.
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    Third page of instructions.
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    Photoetched fret A.
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    Photoetched fret B.
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    Photoetched fret C.
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    Photoetched fret D, ABS rods and steel cable.