WWII German Rubber Rafts

Published: September 1st, 2016     
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Reviewed by: Eric Christianson - IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models
Price: $7.99
Product / Stock #: AB3578
Product provided by: Dragon Models USA

The Kit

Bronco has recently released a fun little kit of two German WWII rubber rafts, which come in a small, side-opening box with instructions and painting suggestions on the back. Two identical sprues of soft grey plastic make up the contents.

Expecting a run-of-the-mill modeling experience, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the engineering and design of everything - these were made with the modeler in mind. There are enough parts to assemble two rubber rafts. The top and bottom of each raft fit perfectly around a third, curved, inner bottom part to leave a single, very thin seam line around the exterior.

The nicely detail wooden-slat floors were engineered so they could be painted separately, masked, and then assembled with the rest of the raft, which is what I did, using Vallejo Panzer Aces 311 New Wood. I also used New Wood on the eight paddles included in the kit. Once dry, I then spread a thin layer of Mig Wash Brown Oil paint over the wood floors and paddles and let that dry for a few hours. I then used a dry cotton swab to remove the oil paint that had not set up yet, leaving a pleasing wooden color.

The paddle rings were a little fiddley but managed to be coaxed into place without too much trouble. No extras are provided, so the two I launched into who-knows-where were replaced with something similar from my spare parts box.

I finished the rafts using Model Master Helo Drab, followed by a coat of Vallejo Matt Varnish to knock off any shiny spots.

Conclusion

Building these were a fun way to spend a half-hour in front of the TV. Once the parts are clipped and cleaned, assembly is a snap, and the fit, excellent.

As a military modeler, it seems like I never have enough interesting aftermarket products to detail my AFV models, and I am happy to see such a kit produced. I highly recommend this set for anyone who needs to fill up the back of a truck, AFV or diorama.

I would like to thank Bronco and Squadron Products for providing this kit for review, and to IPMS USA for giving me the opportunity to build it.

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