Scale 1/72
Manufacturer Dangerous
ID CO72001
Title TARS Pod
Designed-For Kit N/A

This is a new manufacturer who I have not heard of before, however this seems to be a great start for them. The Modular Reconnaissance Pod (MRP) pod is manufactured by Per Udsen in Denmark and is in use with a number of air arms, including some Air National Guard squadrons.

In USAF service, the pod is designated the AN/ASQ-11 TARS, and has been used by the following units:-

  • 170 FS, 183 FW, Illinois ANG

  • 124 FS, 132 FW, Iowa ANG

  • 188 FS, 150 FW, New Mexico ANG

  • 175 FS, 114 FW, South Dakota ANG

  • 111 FS, 147 FW, Texas ANG

The pods are configured depending on user, and thus the Dangerous resin does not match exactly the version used by the ANG, with a different number of windows and also lacking the "stepped" bottom - both being relatively minor changes.

Some good pictures of this pod can be found in the following publications:-

  • The Viper Story, Part I - F-16s of the Air National Guard, by Jake Melampy - page 65

  • The Modern Viper Guide - The F-16C/D Exposed, also by Jake Melampy - page 119

As far as the kit itself is concerned, it's quite impressive.  Moulded as a single piece, it seems to capture the shape of the pod well, the only possible issue being the thickness of the web holding the pod to the casting block.

I will certainly be using this at some point in the future!

Review and resin provided by Chris St Clair