C-130 E/H Engines
Brengun, 1/72 scale
Reviewed by David Couche
Eduard's 1/72 Avia B.534 IV serie Weekend Edition is available online from Squadron.com
Firstly the kit comes in small top opening box. Upon opening you are met with a bag of very nicely cast resin parts. This kit is actually a re-issuing of the Attack Squadron kit by Brengun.
Now for a detailed look at the kit. The resin set consists of four complete engine nacelles, prop spinners, cowl flaps, the venturi for the engine oil overflow and nacelle drain lines, and sixteen propeller blades. There is a small instruction sheet explaining the modification required to the inboard nacelle attachment point. The modification corrects the alignment of the prop blades between engines. The correct arrangement is the propeller blades are all in line with each other instead of how the kit is produced placing the outboard prop slightly behind the inboard prop. The Italeri kit engine nacelles are also quite short and this set addresses that problem as well, as is shown in the photo below (courtesy of Cyber Modeller Online).
There is a very small amount of flash on the propeller blades, which is expected, and the remaining parts are very crisp with no visible surface blemishes or bubbles. Please note that 2 blades in my set had a considerable bend in them, far beyond and curvature that should be there. These will require some hot water treatment to get them to match the others. As you can notice in my photos, there are a number sections on the castings with a different patch of colour. From close observation there appears to be no difference in the surface of these parts and with some gentle probing, no difference in hardness. Once these parts are primed these will disappear.
The blades of may be positioned on the spinner in either flight mode of fully feathered or with careful angular locating for any in between flight positions.
Whilst I am not overly familiar with the Hercules E/H variants and their respective kits, in this case nearly all Italeri kits, local experts informed me that they are quite excited to have this set of accurate engines re-released under the Brengun banner, now that they have bought the product line from Attack Squadron.
Highly recommended for builders of the venerable Hercules, flown under many flags.
Thanks to Brengun for the review samples.
Review Text Copyright © 2019 by David Couche
Page Created 16 June, 2019
17 July, 2019
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