USAFline 1/72 Aircraft Revetment 12' Kit First Look
By Chuck Holte
|Date of Review||August 2016||Manufacturer||USAFline|
|Subject||Aircraft Revetment 12'||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||72601||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Easy build, unique subject||Cons||None|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (GBP)||£18.00|
Developed during the early ‘60s, steel revetments were transportable modular walls providing safety and security for aircraft and personnel on the ramps in bare-base deployments to Viet Nam. Consisting of steel bins filled with locally procured rock, dirt or sand, each kit would make 240 linear feet of revetment 5.5 feet thick and 12 feet high. They were erected in 10 foot sections with each section bolted to steel columns to form the bin. The revetments could be modified to fit particular requirements but the “standard” layout was 105 feet wide by 90 feet long. Steel Revetments were also used in South Korea and could be found at stateside bases such as Eglin AFB FL and Nellis AFB NV.
USAFline, a new aftermarket company based in the United Kingdom, recently released a resin kit with nine, 10 foot sections of double wall Viet Nam style Revetment, plus the end pieces and top to provide a base for the fill material. Recommended adhesives are super glue and epoxy. Fill material is not included, but is available thru hobby shops catering to our rail road modeling brothers and sisters. The revetments were typically left in bare, weathered steel or painted olive drab. There are no decals in the kit but photos of revetments often show “No Smoking” and “Speed Limit” stencils/signs liberally applied by the ever paranoid Safety Officer.
Options in this kit:
- Simple resin construction
- Adjustable size, buildable in 7, 8 or 9 panels
- Combine with additional kits for 3 sided parking spaces
- Choose your own “fill material”
- Clear color photo instructions
This should be a popular kit for those who model the Viet Nam era and want to provide a little something extra to display vehicles and aircraft. Recommended.
My sincere thanks to USAFline for this review sample!