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USN .50 cal Water Cooled Machine Gun

White Ensign Models 1/72 USN 50 cal Water Cooled Machine Gun First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2008 Manufacturer White Ensign Models
Subject USN .50 cal Water Cooled Machine Gun Scale 1/72
Kit Number PE7243 Primary Media Resin and Photo-Etch
Pros Nice detail Cons
Skill Level Advanced MSRP (BP) £3.70 (+VAT)

First Look

USN .50 cal Water Cooled Machine Gun
USN .50 cal Water Cooled Machine Gun

White Ensign Models continues to expand its product lines into broader areas and this detail set is no exception. This time, they've released this set for a water-cooled .50 caliber machine gun installation that you might see fitted on a Gato-class submarine or other small naval support ship.

This set provides three resin parts and a small fret of photo-etch. You can actually use the set effectively without the photo-etch as the resin set provides the pedestal, gun, and ammo can. Some installations used a gun cradle atop a different style pedestal, and these parts are rendered in photo-etch. In fact, the photo-etch fret gives you two complete sets of cradle-type mounts and pedestals.

The instructions provide good references for parts assembly and placement.

If you're looking to render one of the many variations in the Gato/Balao class submarines, this set will add additional flavor to your display.

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