He 51b Guns

Published: December 15th, 2016     
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Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Price: $2.60
Product / Stock #: 48 705
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

THANK YOU to our friends and suppliers at Aires for another improvement set, in this case for the Roden He 51b series biplane (which was also released by Eduard in a double set along with their ME-109 for the 1936 Spanish civil war. And thanks also to the reviewer corps leaders for making this set available to me to review....

This set provides two gun barrels with a center web for directly replacing the kit items. The detail provided is an improvement in that the gun barrels are (1) more scale in size than the kit items, and (2) have microscopic holes drilled in the front of the barrels, as well as cooling holes, so they look like functional gun barrels.

Quick installation: Remove the parts from their pour stub, clean up with a sanding stick, and superglue the barrels in place. I had to clean out the gun deck holes in the upper cowling of a small amount of flash, but it worked out ok. Not much to say here other than paint and move on!

This set is a most welcome addition to the line, thanks again to Aires and IPMS USA for providing these items!

  • Guns as provided on sprue
    Guns as provided on sprue
  • Roden-supplied guns above, Aires guns installed
    Roden-supplied guns above, Aires guns installed

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