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Mk.82 500 Pound Bomb Set

Master Details 1/32 Mk.82 500 Pound Bomb Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2009 Manufacturer Master Details
Subject Mk.82 500 Pound Bomb Set Scale 1/32
Kit Number W3201 Pros Super-detailed bombs
Cons See text Skill Level Intermediate
MSRP (USD) $19.95    

First Look

Master Details has driven out into a new area - weapons sets. This first set covers the most widely used bomb used by the US and its allies - the Mark 82 500 pound general purpose bomb. You might think 'what's the big deal, most of my kits have bombs already in the box', right? Comparing the kits' weapons to this set is like comparing the kit figure to one of Master Details' resin pilot figures - no comparison at all.

Mk.82 500 Pound Bomb Set Mk.82

How many times have you gone to a hobby contest or display and admire the workmanship of a given aircraft only to have your eyes drawn to the external stores that were hung almost as an afterthought? They are usually the styrene weapons that came in the kit with little more than a coat of paint and no detailing. If you're going to put that much work into your aircraft, why cut corners on your weapons?

This set contains a pair of Mk.82 'slicks' with the bomb units and tail sections molded separately (just like the real thing). This allows the builder to easily mix and match colors to represent the bomb from different periods in time. Take a look at the parts and instructions:

As I mentioned above, this set includes a pair of bomb units, tail sections, two sets of tail fins, and four different types of fuse units (two each) plus even the standard fuse extender. The instructions show how the bombs are assembled with different fuse combinations plus the correct colors to accurately depict the bombs for the configuration you want. The set also includes a resin box jig for assembling the tail fins onto the tail sections.

This set is definitely the Cadillac of weapons sets and at under $15 per set, it will get expensive really quick if you're bombing up two triple ejector racks (TERs) on an F-4, but if you want your weapons to look as good as your aircraft, you'll want to take a look at these sets.

My sincere thanks to Master Details (http://www.masterdetails.com) for this review sample!

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