Gaspatch Models 1/48 FuG202 radar aerials

I’ve just finished building the ICM 1/48 Dornier Do217J-1/2 and although the kit is pretty good, some of the detail is a bit chunky especially the FuG202 Lichtenstein radar aerials on the nose. This is due to the limitations of injection moulding so looking around for alternative aerials I found these 3D printed ones by Gaspatch and ordered some;

Having a look at them tonight they are a HUGE improvement over the kit supplied aerials so VERY carefully I separated them from the sprue (or whatever you call the thing 3D parts are attached to). I did manage to break a couple of the upright dipoles but these were replaced with heat stretched sprue. I drilled holes in the ends of the four rods so that I could glue some wire into them to make them removeable for handling and painting.

I have to say they look MUCH better than the kit supplied aerials and previously this would have been a very tedious and time consuming job using heat stretched sprue or fine wire soldered together.

This picture shows the kit ones;

This pic shows the Gaspatch aerials;

That works for me! If you are going to build the ICM Dornier 217J and were to make just one improvement to the model I would highly recommend getting these from Gaspatch. They are not overly expensive even with postage from Greece and it will save you a lot of heartbreak trying to make your own.

You can get them direct from Gaspatch;

Highly recommended!


Costas at Gaspatch Models emailed me today telling me that I have not removed the supports between the upper and lower aerials. I have now done this;

Many thanks to Costas at Gaspatch for pointing that out before I got any further.

Published by andyk21

I've been a modelmaker for a verrry long time and still show no signs of growing out of it after 50 plus years. I mainly build tanks, aircraft and paint figures but generally do whatever takes my fancy whether it's historical, Science-fiction, a 'what-if' or because it has pretty colours and looks nice. I'm hoping that you find my blog interesting and useful, particularly if building a model that I have built and documented here.

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