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US 1000lb Bombs (648565)

1:48 Eduard Brassin

 

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During WWII, American bombers used a variety of sizes of free-fall bombs, depending on the task in hand and the capabilities of the carrying aircraft.  On the larger side was the M65 General Purpose bomb, which was suitable for larger targets, and had a large spinner at the rear that armed the fuse as it fell away from the aircraft, in order to reduce the chances of accidental detonation beforehand.  The impeller is protected within a boxed-in fin unit on a long shaft that enters the bomb casing from the rear, passing through more than 500lbs of explosives on the way to the fuse in the nose.  It is held onto the aircraft by two lugs on the top and is held stable by the anti-sway braces on the pylon, with another solitary lug on the underside that allows the weapon to be mounted on a British aircraft.

 

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As is now usual with Eduard's smaller resin sets, they arrive in the new shallow Brassin cardboard box, with the resin parts safely cocooned in bags, and the instructions folded around acting as padding.  This set includes resin parts for two bombs, each made up of body and tail-fin parts, plus a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) parts that make up the spinner at the rear and a tab on the fuse at the nose.  The body is cut from its casting block at the rear and the cut is covered by a slotted circular PE cover, from which the three-part spinner projects.  The tag at the nose is slipped over the fuse, and then the fin unit is mated to the body in four grooves that match up with the tail’s forward section.  A diagram on the front of the instruction booklet shows how to paint and stencil the bombs, using the usual Gunze codes there and for the detail painting that is pointed out as the parts are brought together.

 

Highly recommended.

 

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