LACI AIRLINER ACCESSORIES

CHRIS CLIFFORD reports on three examples of LACI’s 3D-printed resin airliner accessories.

LACI AIRLINER ACCESSORIES

There are many bonuses of attending the IPMS(UK)’s Scale ModelWorld event at Telford. One particular highlight this year was the debut attendance of aftermarket firm LACI, which has quickly (yet relatively quietly) built an impressive range of products. Modellers who favour 1/144 airliners are in for a treat as the company has many items with which to improve your passenger aircraft builds. Three samples passed to Key Model World, all bespoke for Airfix kits, are as follows:

LACI AIRLINER ACCESSORIES

LAC144068 Boeing 727 100/200 Landing Flaps (£16)
Eight parts are provided in this set, so you can pose the leading- and trailing edge flaps in the down position…adding more interest. As you’d expect, a modicum of surgery is required on both sets of wing halves, but it’s nothing too onerous and can be accomplished by any experienced modeller – or perhaps those looking to take a step up skills-wise.

The design and printing look excellent, providing a high degree of finesse. Just remove the parts carefully from their printing plinths with a razor saw, and the components will need barely any neatening before employment. Thankfully, the instructions are clear and concise, leaving no doubt with what needs to be done.

LACI AIRLINER ACCESSORIES

LAC144070 B727-100/200 JT8D-7B Engines (£14)
Add a whole new dimension to your Airfix Bowing 727 build with these exquisitely detailed engines, with separate cowlings, which can be posed open for maintenance. These look to be direct replacement for the kit’s port and starboard powerplants, and the set also includes a crisply printed centre engine exhaust to maintain the quality look. The instructions offer a useful colour photo of this engine, so you can get the metallic shades just right.

LACI AIRLINER ACCESSORIES

LAC144089 B737-200 Landing Flaps (£16)
Essentially similar to the first set highlighted here, it also provides eight parts with which to replace the kit’s leading- and trailing-edge flaps and show them in the extended position. The same surgical process is required and, as with the 727 items, actuators are printed in situ. Superb!

These and many more airliner improvements (in different scales) are available direct from LACI.