USN Carrier Deck Fire Engine
Skunkmodels Workshop, 1/48 scale
S u m m a r y
||Skunkmodels Workshop item no. SW48007 - USN Carrier Deck Fire Engine
|Contents and Media:
||37 grey plastic parts for the vehicle plus figures; decals.
plus shipping available online from Lucky Model
||Good detail; excellent detail and moulding; includes three figures; versatile usage as a standalone scene or in a diorama / vignette; good value.
||Would have been nice to have dedicated firefighter figures
||A nice addition to the Skunkmodels Workshop range of carrier deck equipment that is just begging to be added to a diorama base displaying a modern U.S. Naval aircraft.
by Rodger Kelly
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More U.S. Navy carrier deck equipment from Skunkmodels Workshop in 1/48 scale.
This time it is the A/S32P-25 P25 Fire Fighting Vehicle which is a self-propelled fire fighting vehicle that is used on aircraft carriers as well as amphibious assault ships.
The vehicle entered service in early 2000 and for the technically minded; it carries 750 gallons of water and 60 gallons of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF). There are also three HALON 1211 (20lb) portable fire extinguishers mounted on the right side of the unit and the turret outlet can be supplied directly from the ship's AFFF system via two National Fire Hose Thread Fittings, one on each side of the vehicle above the rear wheels.
The kit comprises 37 parts for the vehicle itself as well as the same three figures that come in Skunkmodels 48005 kit, a seated one to “drive” the vehicle as well as one carrying a NWC-4 Shipboard Aircraft Wheel Chock and a further one purposefully striding along. Each figure is made up from four pieces, with separate arms and a head. All three are clad in current flight deck gear comprising cranial, goggles, long sleeved polo neck shirt, gloves and a “float coat”. Whilst it is nice to get a further set of these I would have preferred to have set of appropriately clad fire fighters to man the vehicle – have a look at the image provided as reference and you will see what I mean.
The moulded detail of the vehicle is excellent and you won’t need to add any further detail apart from accelerator pedal. One detail that Skunkmodels has ignored is that the vehicles individual headlights are covered by a rectangular wire panel. To be fair though this would be very hard to replicate!
The instructions are of the exploded-view pictorial type contained on a single page as are the painting/decal placement instructions with the paint keyed to the Gunze Sangyo range.
There is a small but comprehensive decal sheet included too. The sheet carries the red striping worn by the one-to-one-scale vehicle as well as the many and various stencil markings and yellow outline limit markings. The decals are thin and well printed and have a minimum of carrier film surrounding each subject.
Packaging is via a cardboard end-opening box.
This is a nice addition to the Skunkmodels Workshop range of carrier deck equipment that is just begging to be added to a diorama base displaying a modern U.S. Naval aircraft.
I have included a selection of reference images of Carrier Deck Fire Engines that I have taken to assist you with the build of your kit. These are included in the Thumbnail Gallery up the page.
Thanks to Lucky Model for the samples
Review Text and Reference Photos Copyright © 2010 by Rodger Kelly
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8 June, 2010
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