US 500 Lb. Bombs

Published: November 6th, 2014     
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Reviewed by: Bill O'Malley - IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard
Price: $12.95
Product / Stock #: 672039
Product provided by: Eduard

The kit includes six resin bombs, resin tailfins, photoetch for the nose fuse and rear arming vanes, 1 decal sheet, and instructions.

I compared the Brassin bomb to a 500 lb. bomb from Revell's B-17F Memphis Belle. The two bombs are very close in size and shape, however the Brassin bomb has much thinner tail fins and greater detail with the flanges on each of the fins. The nose fuse on the Brassin bomb has a more accurate projection, and the suspension lugs have nice definition. The Revell bomb only includes a slot for attachment without the suspension lugs. The rear arming vanes on the Brassin bomb are obviously much greater detail, as they are not included with the Revell bomb. The Brassin bomb has only very slight mold seams, which are easily corrected, compared to the larger glue joint and sprue attachments on the Revell bomb that need more extensive cleanup.

On the first bomb, I used a razor saw to cut the fins off the casting block and then glued them to the bomb body. On the second bomb I glued the bomb body to the tailfins before removing the fins from the casting block. Both of these made it difficult to drill and install the rear arming vane on the bomb.

On the third bomb, I installed the rear arming vane before gluing the bomb body to the tailfins, which is the procedure suggested by the instructions. This was an easier installation of the arming vanes. I found it easier to glue the shaft to the arming vane before removing the vane from the fret. This makes it easier to hold the pieces and reduces the chance of losing them. Brassin thoughtfully provides extras of the small photoetch parts.

The decals are very small and quite thin for the 500 lb. bomb. The smaller yellow band around the nose has decal film on the inside of the band that should be cut with a knife before the detail is wet. This will aid in settling the ring around the nose fuse. I used MicroSol to help set all the rings smoothly around the bomb. The decals are quite shiny when installed and will need a light dusting of a matte varnish. Brassin provides extra copies of the small decals.

Brassin calls out olive drab drab color in Aqueous and Mr. Color paints. The fuse is an aluminum color.

These Brassin parts add much greater detail to the bombs, although care is necessary due to the small size of the parts. Thanks to Eduard/Brassin for making very nicely detailed parts and furnishing review samples to IPMS.

  • Contents
    Contents
  • Instructions
    Instructions
  • Assembly
    Assembly
  • Comparioson to Revell 1
    Comparioson to Revell 1
  • Comparioson to Revell 2
    Comparioson to Revell 2
  • Finished 1
    Finished 1
  • Finished 2
    Finished 2

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