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USN 50 Caliber Air-Cooled Machine Gun

White Ensign Models 1/144 USN 50 Caliber Air-Cooled Machine Gun First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2007 Manufacturer White Ensign Models
Subject USN 50 Caliber Air-Cooled Machine Gun Scale 1/144
Kit Number PE14408 Primary Media White Metal & Photo-Etch
Pros This set provides some amazing detail for the Trumpeter kit Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (BP) £2.12

First Look

If you've purchased one of Trumpeter's great 1/144 USS Ga to early or late versions, you've got a nice start on a very well-done kit. The only problem with styrene is that you just can't replicate some of the finer details in stryrene. White Ensign Models to the rescue.

USN 50 Caliber Air-Cooled Machine GunUSN 50 Caliber Air-Cooled Machine GunUSN 50 Caliber Air-Cooled Machine Gun

This detail set tackles that problem by replacing the simplistic styrene machine guns with these two air-cooled guns, each mounted on a nicely detailed pintle. The set provides the pintle, gun cradle, and machine gun, times two.

As usual, White Ensign Models also provides a nice step-by-step guide to assembling your detail set and a key to identifying the various parts included in the set.

If you are modifying your kit to reproduce any of the other members of the Gato/Balao class, check your references on armament. If this isn't the right machine gun for your boat, White Ensign Models has produced quite a few different sets to help you properly arm your next project.

As you can see in the photo, the detail set consists of quite a few detail parts that will take care and experience to manipulate and install on your Trumpeter kit. If you're comfortable working in this medium or are ready to give photo-etch in 1/144 scale a try, this is the set for you!

My sincere thanks to White Ensign Models for this review sample!