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Julien posted a topic in KitsGBU-43/B MOAB (648348) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb is a 21,600lb bomb developed by the US Air Force research laboratory. The bomb follows on from the BLU-82 which was developed during the Vietnam war to clear landing zones in the Jungle. Years later during the continuing war in Afghanistan the BLU-82 was used and this lead to the USAF looking to develop a modern version of a large bomb. Like the BLU-82 the GBU-43/B is delivered from a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft. The newer bomb though is larger than its predecessor and more accurate. It is reported that the USAF had 15 of these weapons made. The one and only use in combat was in April 2017 in Afghanistan. It is believed they have not been used more widely due to the the worry of killing non combatants. It should be noted that the weapon is a conventional filled bomb not a thermobaric weapon as had been reported, and it is not a penetrator weapon either. The weapon is coloquailly know as the "Mother of all bombs" and it has been claimed to be the biggest bomb dropped. However this is all down to definition. The RAF Grandslam bomb weighed in at 22,000lbs so technically heavier than the MOAB, however the MOAB has 18,700Lbs of explosive fill to the Grandslams approx 11,000Lbs due to it being a penetrating weapon with a much heavier casing. Kit I will call this a kit rather than an accessory as it is a kit in its own right. It arrives on one of Eduard's BIGSIN type boxes and inside are 18 resin parts, 7 large sheets of etched brass and a small decal sheet. The kit is for the bomb itself and its large transport cradle. There are many folds to the etched brass and it makes you wonder if some of the parts would not be better in plastic or resin in this scale. The underside of the transport cradle is made up first, ten its flipped over. Next the support beams are built up and added to the top of the cradle. With interlocking side frames and longitudinal ones care will need to be made to get it all lining up. The bomb itself is fairly simple to make up consisting of three main parts, nose extended detenators and the rear fins. These can be made folded or extended. Care will be needed to remove these from the pour blocks. PE parts are added to the bomb when complete. Two sets of markings are provided. One for an example (hopefully innert) displayed at the Elgin Air Force Armament Museum in a striking John Deere Green colour scheme. A second is for a combat ready weapon. Dare I say it but it is the Mother of All Bomb Kits! It should make up into a good looking kit which no doubt will generate some discussion. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
GBU-43/ B MOAB 1:72 Eduard The GBU-43 MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or 'Mother of All Bombs' if you have a propensity for chaps and cowboy boots) is a large air-dropped weapon, developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory for the US Air Force. The bomb is carried by specialist variants of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and is guided to its target by GPS. The bomb has only been used once in combat, mainly because of the significant risk of unintended civilian casualties that accompanies the use of this type of weapon. Eduard's MOAB is a decent-sized kit in itself. The kit comprises eighteen resin parts and no fewer than five decent sized frets of photo etched brass. The main body and wings of the bomb case separately to the nose cone and tail unit, with the prominent grid fins case individually. The resin is quite simply superb, with flawless detail and casting. The photo etched cradle/platform is a much more complex affair, with lots of folding and gluing of small parts of brass. In fairness to Eduard, they have sought to simplify the construction process by maximising the use of folds to reduce the part count, but I'd be willing to bet that even the most hardy folder of small brass parts will be wishing that Eduard had tooled a sprue of plastic parts for the body of the cradle. Persevere, however, and you will be rewarded with an impressive item, particularly if displayed next to a MC-130E or H. Decal options are included for a museum example and an in-service weapon. Review sample courtesy of
Aircraft in Miniature (AiM) Ltd is to release a 1/72nd GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) aka Mother Of All Bombs - seen on TV! Source: http://www.aim72.co.uk/page6.html 3D renders V.P.