Resin Weapons Sets
Wingman Models, 1/48 & 1/32 scales
by Mick Evans
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Wingman Models has produced some fine resin weapons sets in both 1/48 and 1/32 scales.:
WMF 48028 Kfir and Nesher Air to Ground Armament Set
This set provides the Israeli built Nesher/Kfir centreline multiple ejector rack that carries six weapons similar to the US manufactured MER. The set also contains the rocket bay fuselage weapons pylons for under the rear fuselage.
Kinetic did supply both of these pylons in their Kfir kits but they are no comparison for the detail contained in these resin sets. Individual bomb sway braces are also provided to be added to these pylons.
Seven resin Mk 82 bombs are included to fit to the pylons. Seven seems a bit strange as there are eight bomb release points on the three pylons until I found out that the forward lower station on the centreline beam was rarely used.
The Mk 82 bombs are made up from separate tail units and alternate nose fuses and these are among some of the most detailed bombs that I have come across.
Finally a very nice set of decals is included to finish off the bombs once they are painted.
The resin is superbly cast and among the best that I have seen.
WMF 48029 500Lb Mk 82 Bombs
Six resin Mk 82 bombs are included in this set to fit to various aircraft weapons pylons.
The Mk 82 bombs are made up from separate tail units and alternate nose fuses and these are among some of the most detailed bombs that I have come across. Finally a very nice set of decals is included to finish off the bombs once they are painted.
Once again the resin is superbly cast.
WMF 32006 BLU 755 Cluster Bombs, 2 units
WMF 48022 BLU 755 Cluster Bombs, 4 units
The Hunting Engineering BL755 looks like a standard 450 kilograms (1,000 lb) general purpose bomb but with a hard "saddle" on the spine for ejector release and crutching pad loads and a distinctive large turbine-like air arming vane on the nose.
The four rear fins are squared off in appearance, but on closer inspection can be seen to be hollow and telescopic. A central extruded aluminium skeleton provides seven bays long by seven bays around, each containing 21 sub-munitions (147 total). The sub-munitions are ejected by means of a central cartridge and individual inflatable bladders for each bay, operating in a similar manner to a car airbag. Ejection on the original BL755 bomb is triggered by the rotation of the arming vane, driven by the airflow.
Each sub-munition is contained within its own SAFU (safety and arming unit) and is telescoped shut. Upon release, the sub-munition is expanded by a spring. A focal distance stand off and detonating device deploys at the front and a fan of stabilising fins at the rear. Each has a shaped charge HEAT warhead for armour penetration, the casing of which is constructed from wound tessellated square wire, which produces around 1,400 anti-personnel fragments. A single cluster bomb produces a total of more than two hundred thousand fragments (Wikipedia).
The BL-755 is fitted to a wide range of UK aircraft over the past 20-30 years and I think this is a first in 1/32 scale.
The bombs are cast a sing piece resin part with excellent rivet and fin detail. A separate etched metal arming fan is provided to be fitted to the nose of the bomb. The tiny fins of these fans need some gentle tweaking prior to being fitted. Finally a very nice set of decals is included to finish off the bombs once they are painted. Once again the resin is superbly cast.
Thanks to Wingman Models for the sample
Review Text Copyright © 2015 by Mick Evans
Page Created 4 February, 2015
4 February, 2015
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