ICM 1/48 Soviet PAG-14 Airfield Plates Kit Review First Look
|Date of Review||December 2012||Manufacturer||ICM|
|Subject||Soviet PAG-14 Airfield Plates||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||48231||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Nice diorama or vignette display for your 1/48 cold war Soviet fighters||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$10.99|
ICM has released an interesting new diorama or vignette display base in the form of these concrete PAG-14 plates that provide a relatively quick surface from which to operate modern Soviet and Warsaw Pact fighters and fighter-bombers. In full-scale, these plates are cast in concrete and can be dropped into place to create a taxiway or runway. If the plate is damaged by bombs or missiles, a bulldozer can clear and flatten the surface and a replacement plate dropped in to bring the base back to operations. These plates are similar to the PSP metal plates used by the US and its allies during World War II and Korea for the establishment of forward operating bases.
The set is molded in light gray styrene and includes 32 styrene slabs (four shown above) with each slab approximately 4.9" x 1.6" in dimension. Simply lay them down on a flat surface, paint and weather them according to your season and location, and place your favorite MiG or Sukhoi on the authentic-looking base.
My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!