with set 72040 and
set 72041 (resp.
SC250 and SC500 bombs), this set adds one more type of very common
bomb in the Luftwaffe inventory, the SC50.
gets 5 closed crates and one hollow, open crate. What is not immediately
apparent (to me at least) is that there are actually two types of
crates: one type with rope handles and one with metal handles. The
two SC50 bombs that comes with this set can be placed inside, if so
desired. Three extra small crates are provided, which I assume hold
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.
bombs are equally oversized by 3-5%, but I didn't find any info
about shape or size of the box for the bombs.
Further parts are provided for the missing detail on the bottom of
the crates (parts 4 - it took me a while to figure out their purpose),
and two small, identical PE sets (labelled 72037 - which is strange
as 72037 is a set of Zimmerit sheets). At first, I was not quite sure
how to use the PE parts, but looking at the manual and the boxtop,
I came to the conclusion that they are the straps and hooks that will
attach the bomb to the aircraft. If this is correct, then only four
of the twelve straps are needed for the two bombs; the others being
for differently sized bombs in other sets, like 72040
resin parts are cast in the (by now well-known) black resin which
JK Resin manages to cast very thinly, while very delicately detailed
and free of any blemishes.
the set, three decal sheets are provided with tiny (though readable)
stencils, their use being explained in the instruction leaflet. These
decals really make the set stands out and I believe it will be very
difficult for anyone to outdo the quality of this set.
Now, what about a set only including bombs and decals in sufficient
quantity to fit out a few aircraft ?
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
length. In this case, I believe I sanded off a little too much, as
the bombs ended up being smaller than the boxes that hold them. A
small spacer was added inside the box to hide this mistake as well
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.
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.
These stripes also have a which had a small printing issue as they
are made of two layers (one white and one yellow), which are slightly
offset with respect to one another.
The decal sheet only carries 4 yellow stripes, enough for only one
bomb. If you fit the bombs in their crates, you can get away with
only using one stripe per bomb. Fortunatley for me, set
72040 has extra stripes for SC50 bombs. Decals 21 and 26 are only
included once, again enough for one bomb. This time, putting them
in the box won't help. Again set 72040
came to the rescue.
at the instruction sheet and boxtop, it seems that there is no real
fixed location for the stenciling of the crates.
sample kindly provided by JK Resin.
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