CBU-87 Bomb

Published: May 3rd, 2017     
Reviewed by: 
Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard
Price: $12.95
Product / Stock #: 672-127

The CBU-87 was developed on behalf of the US Air Force and became operational in the mid-1980's replacing earlier cluster bomb munitions. The CBU-87 is designed to be a multi-purpose weapon effective against armor, soft-skinned vehicles and troops.

Eduard's set consists of twelve resin parts, 6 canister bodies and 6 tail units. The hardest part of the whole build is cutting the parts from the casting blocks. Despite my best efforts, only about half of my cuts were straight, resulting in the need for some careful aligning of canisters and tail units in order to keep them properly lined up and then filling the resulting gaps with filler or Mr. Surfacer, depending on the size of the gaps.

Thankfully the units are overall Olive Drab, which as a dark color helps to hide some of the seams and miss-cuts.

Each CBU has 8 decals on it, all of which show up pretty well. I discovered that decals 5 and 6 do not fit where shown on the instructions as the instructions shown them being applied right over the mounting lugs for the units, so I ended up installing them a little offset to avoid the mounting lugs. I coat of clear flat evened things out very nicely.

This set is a nice addition to Eduard's growing range of aircraft weapons and if you can cut a straight line with your razor saw, you should have no problem with the construction.

Recommended. Thanks to Eduard for the review sample and to IPMS-USA for letting me review it.

  • Decal and painting guide
    Decal and painting guide
  • Decal sheet
    Decal sheet
  • Resin parts
    Resin parts
  • Complete set
    Complete set
  • Finished bombs
    Finished bombs
  • Closeup detail of bombs
    Closeup detail of bombs