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Gun Barrels for 1/48 Scale Aircraft 

               

Model Point

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Price: 4804 - NR-37 Cannon Barrel for Tamiya MiG-15bis    RRP US$9.00
4805 - 2A42 30mm Cannon Barrel for Italeri Ka-50    RRP US$11.00
4806 - 45mm Cannon Barrel for ICM Yak-9K    RRP US$2.80
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: One gun barrel with integrated muzzle brake
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Crisp and precise detail; clever cutouts for holes in muzzle brakes; smooth machining; strong; accurate; good packaging
Disadvantages: Availability may be limited; might be viewed as expensive (but must have been labour intensive to manufacture!)
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

F i r s t   L o o k

 

Model Point's new 1/48 scale cannon barrels are clever and attractive accessories. 

Each barrel is spun from solid brass, but additional work has been applied to the parts to ensure an accurate result. The barrel ends are all drilled out and, most pleasingly, the baffle holes in the sides of the integrated muzzle brakes have been drilled out too. This must be a time consuming and labour intensive process. However, it is worth the effort, as the muzzle brakes look great with their precisely drilled holes. It would be next to impossible for the average modeller to obtain results this good.

Being in brass, there is absolutely no cleanup of the parts required.

Unlike Model Point's first offerings reviewed in September 2000, these new aircraft model accessories require no additional work to the donor aircraft. They are a drop-fit replacement for the kit parts.

Additional items scheduled for release include the "tank-buster" 37mm barrel for the Junkers Ju 87G Stuka, and a range of barrels for Hasegawa and Esci's Henschel Hs 129B. All the new items are also in 1/48 scale.

The extra effort involved in achieving this precise result is reflected in the relatively high price for such tiny parts, but the true afficiando will love them!

Recommended.

Thanks to Mikhail Poutnikov for the review samples.


Model Point Accessories are available from Victory Models Website


Review Copyright 2000 by Brett Green
Page Created 18 February, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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