Eduard Bomb Roundup
1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale
Reviewed by Brad Fallen
Eduard BRASSIN Bombs are available online from Squadron.com
These four sets from Eduard’s Brassin range clearly demonstrate the advantages of mixed media over injection-moulded components. The main resin parts are complemented by photo-etched details, decals and clear assembly, painting and finishing instructions, delivering considerably higher levels of detail than plastic alone. And while care will be needed to attach some of the smaller photo-etched parts, assembly of the resin bombs will likely be easier than that of equivalent plastic parts as there is no centreline seam to remove.
1/32 US 250lb and 500lb bombs
Eduard has now released Brassin sets of these common World War 2 bombs in all three main scales. I reviewed the 1/48 250lb and 500lb sets back in 2013, while Mark Davies examined the 1/72 releases earlier this year. Mark concluded that the 1/72 bombs were “a definite step up from kit-supplied items” that would “enhance any model suitable to carry them”, an endorsement I’d also give to the 1/48 bombs.
The 1/32 250lb and 500lb bombs are scaled-up versions of the smaller sets. The contents of both releases – resin bombs and fins, photo-etched details, and a small decal sheet – are identical to the 1/72 and 1/48 bombs except in size. Production quality is excellent and Eduard’s comprehensive instruction, painting and decaling guide make these sets easy resin upgrades to use.
1/48 SC250 German bombs
In contrast to its wide coverage of the US 250 and 500 pounders, Eduard has so far only released German SC250 bombs in 1/48 scale. Hopefully we’ll see some Brassin SC250s in other scales as well, because a wide range of aircraft carried these general-purpose bombs.
Befitting its importance to the Luftwaffe, the SC250 was produced in a number of different variants. My research suggests that the version represented here is a Type 1 model of one-piece steel construction; however I am happy to stand corrected.
As with the US bombs, the resin parts are perfectly cast and attached to their pour stubs by narrow necks of resin. Cleanup, assembly and painting should be straightforward and will result in a well-detailed and purposeful-looking bomb load.
1/72 British WW2 bombs
This set of six British bombs – specifically two 1,000lb and four 500lb medium capacity bombs – delivers a level of detail unachievable in 1/72 injection moulded plastic. Unlike the 1/48 and 1/32 examples, and because of their smaller scale, these bombs are cast in one piece with their tail rings attached to the pour stub. This means you’ll need to be extra careful during cleanup to avoid damaging the rings – I’d recommend taping some sandpaper to a flat surface and checking progress regularly to ensure everything is at the correct angle. However once you’ve done this, and added the separate resin fuzes and photo-etched details, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful 1/72 bomb load.
All of these sets offer straightforward improvements over plastic kit parts (where these are available) and are therefore highly recommended. Thanks to Eduard for the review sample.
Thanks to Eduard for the samples and images.
Review Text Copyright © 2014 by Brad Fallen
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