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A/M32A-86 Generator (197932) 1:32

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A/M32A-86 Generator (197932)

1:32 VideoAviation.com

 

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This Hobart (and later under the Hollingsworth name) generator is designed with larger aircraft in mind, and came into service with many air forces in the 80s.  It contains a 4-53 Detroit diesel engine and produces three-phase electricity at 400hz with a ton of power and enough amps to supply the biggest draw.  There are many still available on the second hand market, although outside aviation there's little use for them due to the frequency they run at, which would fry anything designed for domestic feeds.

 

The Kit

It arrives in a rectangular white card box, and inside there are a substantial bundle of resin parts, all in bags and protected by their own roll of bubble-wrap for safety.  There are twenty one parts in cream coloured resin, a small sheet of pre-cut acetate, a length of black insulation, and a decal sheet, plus the instruction booklet printed on both sides of an A4 sheet. 

 

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The largest part is the cowling that contains the engine, to which the outriggers attach to two lugs.  The axles fit to the underside and are joined by the four wheels with their hubs, which are separate parts.  The front axle has a mount for the towing hitch, which can be posed up or down, with a filler tube for the diesel fitted into a slot nearby.  At the rear is an insert for the radiator louvers, and on the top is fitted a lifting eye for when you simply must get your generator airborne.  The controls for the unit are recessed into the side of the main cowling, and the panels fit snugly into the recess, covered over by two of the acetate parts, with two spares in case you're too lavish with the glue.  The final parts make up the cable, which is made up from the insulation supplied, and a resin plug glued to one end.  This is often seen stowed in the panniers built into the outriggers where the wheels are found, and the other end secures to the circular aperture on either side of the engine cowling.

 

Markings

The decal sheet is crisply printed, and contains sufficient stencils to complete the task in hand, with most of them in black, and a couple of emergency warning placards in red.  They were originally painted in olive drab, but eventually transitioned to grey, and there are decals for one of each.  This type of equipment wasn't particularly well looked after, so there are plenty of opportunities to weather it to your heart's content with soot, rust and horribly weathered or sun bleached panels, some of which probably started life on a different machine.  The instructions call out detail painting in colour names, with the important ones given FS numbers to help you choose the right ones, and a quick Google will generate (hah!) plenty of pictures online for the weathering part.

 

 

Conclusion

If you're placing any of your models on a base, adding ancillary equipment is a great way of enhancing realism, so although you probably won't need to show it in use unless you've scratch built something humongous, it will look great parked awaiting its call to duty.

 

Very highly recommended.

 

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