reviewed the bomb
trolley that came with the Academy Ground Vehicle set #3, and
regretted its lack of detail. Enter the JK resin set of that same
bomb trolley, but this time in a league of its own. Furthermore, it
also includes an SC250 bomb, with its own crate. An extra small crate
is provided, which I assume holds
the EL.A.Z 55 fuses. If so, then these boxes are slightly oversized
(by about 5%), but I guess that won't detract anyone looking at a
diorama that contains them.
bomb is equally oversized by 5-10%, but I didn't find any info
about shape or size of the box for the bombs, but they comes close
to the box
for a KC250.
The boxtop is confusing, as it shows two SC250 bombs, while the set
only contains one. (I first thought that I had lost a bomb, but the
instructions only show a one as well.)
The resin parts are cast in the (by now well-known) black resin which
JK Resin manages to cast so thinly that some parts are actually translucent,
while very delicately detailed and free of any blemishes. To enhance
the detail further, two small PE frets are included, as well as a
strand of copper wire. As the latter bends easily but is supposed
to represent a rigid rod, the choice is surprising, even more so as
JK Resin is able to cast resin rods at the same thickness. To complete
the set, a decal sheet is provided with tiny (though readable) stencils.
This is the first time I see stencils for Luftwaffe bombs in 1/72,
and I would actually be very pleased if JK Resin would release a separate
set, containing just the bomb, crates and decals. (Ed. Note: these
were actually released late in 2018, as set
A general remark about the bombs that come in the various JK Resin
sets is that the fins are very close to scale, meaning that they are
very thin, meaning that they are very, very fragile. As the tails
of the bombs need to be removed from their casting blocks, there is
a very high risk of damaging a few of them (which happened to me).
The clean-up afterwards is also something to be very careful with,
as you can easily end up with four slanting trailing edges of unequal
remark is that the stabilizing rods needs to be added to these fins
(if one cares about this detail). I believe this is best not done
with the strand of copper wire that comes with the set (although it
is commendable that it is included at all); stretched sprue or very
thin steel wire being a better alternative. Even then, getting four
equal and matching lengths glued on, while ensuring that they are
aligned along all the axes and without using a visible blob of superglue
is a challenge that is not for the faint of heart. If you decide to
keep the bomb in its box, then, of course you can get away with a
single rod (and some damaged fins), as the others cannot be seen.
lifting straps went on easily, but the lifting eyes are easily lost.
Fortunately the set carries some spares.
painting the bombs, the modeler has some freedom, but the official
colors can be found here.
I painted mine in a locally mixed grey-green resembling RAL 7027,
which according to the aforementioned source is the correct color.
The boxes are also a delicate affair, especially the open one. If
care is not taken, tiny protuberances representing the closing mechanism
will easily get damaged, for instance when turning the boxes over
to add the wooden slats to the bottom.
The lid for the open box was slightly warped in my example, but nothing
a bath in hot water couldn't take care of.
I wanted to give my boxes a more pronounced wood grain texture, but
in doing so damaged some detail as the resin, surprisingly, reacts
to acetone and as handling these boxes will invariably risk damaging
the tiny latches. As a consequence, the detail that the pictures of
the painted boxes show is no longer quite representative.
trolley is an extremely delicate, highly detailed affair, which also
means it is very fragile. Having few parts, it went together well.
I added axles to the wheels, which are a bit too large to be housed
properly in their cages.
The wire that is provided for the lever at the front was not used
as it was difficult to keep straight. Stretched sprue was used instead.
In all, this trolley is in a class of its own, compared to its counterparts
provided by Academy
I'll probably repeat myself when saying that the inclusion of very
finely printed decals in this set is an extremely attractive feature.
The tiny decals settled well, but the stripes for the bomb fins needed
some persuasion from a setting fluid, which made them adhere snugly.
The decals sheet also carries the shorter stripes (together with some
stenciling) for the SC50 bombs of set 72039,
which is fortunate, as that set has two bombs, but only enough stripes/steencils
for one. There are also some decals for the SC500 of set 72041.
at the instruction sheet and boxtop, it seems that there is no real
fixed location for the stenciling of the crates.
The cart being
towed by a Zvezda figure.
I refer to the previously mentioned Academy
sample kindly provided by JK Resin.
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