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Mk.82 Snakeye Bomb Set

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

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2009 Manufacturer Master Details
Subject Mk.82 Snakeye Bomb Set Scale 1/32
Kit Number W3202 Pros Super-detailed bombs
Cons See text Skill Level Intermediate
MSRP (USD) $19.95    

First Look

Master Details has returned with a natural follow-on to the recent Mk.82 'slick' (low-drag) 500 pound bomb set (look here). Just like the real weapons, Master Details has replaced the tail cone of the bomb with the Snakeye high-drag (retarded) bomb unit. When dropping bombs from higher altitudes, the Mk.82 slicks are great for the job, but if you're releasing bombs at low altitudes, the LAST thing you want is a low-drag bomb as it will retain the same forward momentum as the releasing aircraft and detonate underneath, usually with catostrophic results for aircraft and crew.

Mk.82 Snakeye Bomb Set

The Snakeye is simple, when the bomb comes off the pylon, four speed brake petals on the tail unit pop open (that are folded closed when loaded on the aircraft) and these speed brakes quickly decelerate the bomb so that it is safely behind the release aircraft before striking the target.

This set contains a pair of Mk.82 'snakes' 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:

As I mentioned above, this set includes a pair of bomb units, tail sections, and four different types of fuse units (two each) plus even the standard fuse extenders. 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.

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 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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