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B-24 bomb bay
B-24 bomb bay for Revell or Monogram kit
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by: Jean-Luc Formery [ TEDMAMERE ]

B-24 bomb bay set
Eduard's 1:48 scale B-24 bomb bay set comes in medium sized resealable plastic bag. It is composed of two photo etched frets protected by two cardboard sheets to prevent the content from bending. A4 and A5 sized instruction sheets are provided as well.

This set is very spectacular indeed as it comprises more than 300 parts! Some are very large while others are tiny. Details are crisp and very well rendered throughout on both metal sheets. Obviously this set is destined to modelers who have already some experience with photo etched parts and who have already a couple of similar demanding projects under their belt. Some dedicated tools will be necessary as well of course, such as a flat plier or an Etch Mate.

I won't list all the parts which are present on both frets and will let the accompanying photos speak for themselves, but trust me, with what Eduard have provided, a very spectacular B-24 bomb bay can be achieved, from the biggest part which represents the underside of the wings visible through the bomb bay to the smallest (bomb fuse). The typical "roller-like" bomb bay doors have also been accurately reproduced and I don't think this could have been achieved with any other material than photo etch.

Some plastic will have to be removed from the original model's surface to make room for the new metal parts. This is well explained in the accompanying instructions which are spread over five A5 pages. However, when going through them, one realizes the sheer amount of work that will be necessary to incorporate this set into the revell/Monogram model, but it should be definitely worth it!

Conclusion
This is without doubt a superlative photo etched set. The price may seem high at $54,95 which is almost twice the price of the B-24D kit from Revell (!?), but I do think it is not too exaggerated when you consider what can be achieved with it and that it represents hours of building pleasure.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent quality. Extraordinary level of detail.
Lows: Not a cheap pleasure.
Verdict: Highly recommended if you like challenging projects!
Percentage Rating
92%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 48634
  Suggested Retail: $ 54.95
  Related Link: B-24 bomb bay
  PUBLISHED: Apr 10, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.63%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.39%

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About Jean-Luc Formery (TedMamere)
FROM: MOSELLE, FRANCE

I'm mainly interested in WW2 aircraft and I build them in 1/48 scale.

Copyright 2018 text by Jean-Luc Formery [ TEDMAMERE ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

This makes me regret not picking up a copy of the kit for 10 bucks at a flea market several years ago! For decades virtually no AM for this beast and now all of this- I'm boggled. maybe they'll be inspired to add a bomb bay set for the B-17... Cheers! chuk
APR 10, 2010 - 05:01 AM
It was the first kit I built coming back to the hobby, and wouldn't mind doing it again, especially with all the AM stuff. Is Revell or Monogram going to reissue the kit?
APR 13, 2010 - 09:39 AM
The Monogram 1/48 B-24D is available at Squadron for $21.99, Monogram 1/48 B-17G $31.46, Revell Germany 1/48 B-17F $29.99 both available at Squadron. I wouldn't be surprised that in a few years if Monogram re-releases the B-24J 1/48.
APR 15, 2010 - 06:41 AM
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