Mk.20 Rockeye II
Eduard, 1/48 scale
Reviewed by Mick Drover
Eduard's 1/48 scale Mk.20 Rockeye II set is available online from Squadron.com
The Mk.20 Rockeye II is a US developed air dropped cluster bomb used primarily against soft and hard targets. The unit contains 247 bomblets weighs approximately 1.32 pounds and is designed to penetrate armour up to a thickness of 7.5 inches. The Rockeye II was used extensively during Desert Strom with 27,987 Rockeyes dropped during the conflict
Arriving is Eduard’s familiar blister packaging, six of the one piece bombs are supplied. With a very small casting plug on the base removal and clean up will be a breeze. The items are cast in the standard Eduard light grey resin and with no flaws visible. The guidance fins are very well moulded with the extending stabilising fins visible in their slots. The nose features a cast in place arming fuse. The bombs feature fine engraving with suitably raised external conduits and mounting lugs. The photo etch contains what appears to be a maintenance access panel for the rear of the bomb.
Decals featured are the usual warning and data stencils and colours are called out using Gunze/Mr Color options. Painting will be simple as live bombs are painted white with a yellow band representing the presence of explosives. If you so choose, you can cut off the arming fuses and replace them with the fuse caps supplied on two separate resin blocks.
These Rockeyes are another welcome addition to the ever growing line up of 1/48 ordnance that Eduard are providing the modeller. The simple cleanup and build should be a breeze from beginner to advanced. They will look great on a variety of aircraft too considering the US Navy, Marines and Air Force used them during Desert Storm. Recommended.
Thanks to Eduard for the samples and images.
Review Text Copyright © 2015 by Mick Drover
Page Created 7 September, 2015
7 September, 2015
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