One thing that 1/48th scale helicopter modelers have been without for so long is the lack of armament. Hueys and Loach crewmembers normally carried the M-60 machine gun as protection for the aircraft and crew. Up until now there has been no available machine gun to hang in the door.
Packaged with a card stock backing, this set features four air M-60Ds. The guns feature the front mounted bipod mount molded on. Everything is there except the front gun sight, which in this scale would be almost unnoticeable. The detail on the machine guns is impressive. You may want to add the front sights, but depending on your configuration the guns may not have it. Along with the M-60s you get two small belts of ammunition. They will be fragile in this scale but they are a nice touch. I would have liked more ammo, but I am a gunship pilot and more ammo is always good.
These are little gems for your Huey or Loach, either with the crew member or just laying on the seat or hanging from a bungee chord. They will look great with the Aerobonus range of 1/48th scale Vietnam helicopter crewmembers. Thank you Aires for releasing something so desperately needed for us helicopter and Vietnam era guys.
Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting www.modelchoice.net or your local hobby shop or online retailer.