Price around £16.99 GBP
Review by Geoff Coughlin (Aug 2013)
Our thanks to Airfix for supplying our review sample. Get this impressive little kit here now at: www.airfix.com
What a great addition by Airfix
Many of you will have one or (probably) more bombers from the Airfix range together with other types from other manufacturers and now’s here’s a great opportunity to create a realistic diorama or display base / setting for your model. I really think that a base makes any model, especially one that you’ve spent good time creating so why not show it off to it’s best – it’s a no-brainer for me!
As the air war over occupied Europe progressively developed, so did the equipment used by the RAF and its Bomber Command. Specialist vehicles were introduced to supply arms and equipment to waiting machines and maintenance tasks were made easier through the introduction of specialised equipment.
The mechanisation of these tasks and duties is well represented in this set. While not as glamorous as their flying counterparts, the contribution played by trucks, tractors, and vans, as well as the men that crewed them, cannot be forgotten, or underestimated.
This is what you get:
- Standard Light Utility Vehicle – Standard 12hp 4×2 ‘Tilly’
- Bedford MWC or Bedford MWD
- David Brown VIG1 Tractor/Tug
- Motorcycle – 500CC
- Maintenance Tower
- Bowser – 450 Gallon
- Bomb Trolley – Type C
- Bomb Trolley – Type F
- Small Bomb Container (SBC) – with 4lb incendiaries
- MC Bomb – 1000lb
- Bomb – 8000lb
- Fuel Cans
First impressions are good as the kits are all-new tool and that is good news at any time. Construction methods suggested are simple and straightforward and will present do difficulties for any modeller. The range of vehicles is realistic and ideal to allow you to interchange and mix up your display using different combinations of the types on show.
The sprues are full of well detailed including some delicate parts and all look pretty impressive, especially given the small scale. There is some flash visible but this should be able to be removed easily enough using a scalpel and careful sanding.
The tyres in these kits come slightly weighted in appearance and that adds to the overall look.
There’s a good range of different bombs for the two types of bomb-trolley and the fact that decals are included for these and the other items included add to the authenticity of the package. I love the maintenance tower as that can be used for any number of subjects in this scale.
The colour painting guide is included on the back of the box that will act as excellent reference in itself.
All the clear parts are just that – clear and look well-tooled.
These follow the usual exploded stage diagrams and are clear and straightforward. Humbrol paint references are given on the all-colour painting guide included on the box and that’s nice to see. Colour names are also given allowing you to match your colours from whatever source you prefer.
The decals provided complete each vehicle, are in register and colour saturation is good too.
To sum up
SMN Quick summary Star rating out of 5
|STAR RATING (out of five)
|Quality of moulding