M2 .50 cal
wing mounted machine guns
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number and Description
Models 4249 - Browning M2 .50 cal wing mounted machine guns
USD$21.46 online from
Contents and Media:
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detail and casting; photo-etched parts supplied;
clearly illustrated instructions
Aires 1/48 scale
Browning M2 .50 cal machine guns is available online from Squadron.com
4249 is yet another recent release from Aires Hobby Models (in their
Masters Series) that deals with •50 calibre wing mounted machine guns.
This time, the kit is of the electrical release version. 4249 varies
little from their previously released 4241 kit, in fact the only
differences are a slightly different photo-etch fret and the inclusion
of tiny electrically driven motors that fed the ammunition to the guns.
The kit consists of resin, vinyl and photo-etch metal parts. The
ammunition feeds themselves are listed as "resin parts" but they look
suspiciously like vinyl to me and reminiscent the "rubber band" type
tank tracks found in early Airfix kits.
The kit is engineered so that you can build the guns with either the
breech covers open or closed.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
The kit itself comprises 28 resin parts and 12
photo-etched metal ones. The resin parts comprise:
12 •50 cal gun barrels.
There are two sprues of six different guns with different flash
suppressors on their muzzles, a pair of each type.
Electric drive motors.
The bodies of the •50
cal guns with the breeches cast in the open position.
The breech covers.
The ammunition feeds.
(See my comments above regarding these).
The photo-etch parts comprise:
The resin parts are a mixture of the light cream
coloured resin that we a used to seeing from Aires as well as light grey
coloured resin which looks the same as the resin used by Cutting Edge.
The casting of the resin parts is well up to the very high standards
that we are used to seeing from Aires. Whilst the details are crisp and
sharp on all of the resin parts, the casting on the barrels is worthy of
extra mention. The cooling holes are all there and of even depth. The
guns are cast with hollow ends to simulate the barrel; again, all are of
even depth and thickness.
The metal of the photo-etch fret is soft, making the pieces easy to work
and to remove from the fret. This is important as you can cut the parts
straight from the fret with a sharp pair of scissors and not leave a
burr that is almost impossible to remove without damaging the part
A small instruction sheet is included. It is simple, and shows clear
black and white exploded-view illustrations to assist you in assembly of
the parts. The sheet also has a 'parts map' to assist you in identifying
each part. What it lacks though are painting instructions - none are
included at all.
The kit comes packed in the standard small kit packaging used by Aires
and it very well packed indeed! The resin parts sit in a vac formed tray
which in turn sits on top of a thick cardboard header onto which the
photo etch fret and instructions are also placed. A further vac formed
clear plastic cover is then slid over both the tray and the header and
it both traps and displays the resin and photo-etch parts. Staples are
then punched through the header card and the plastic cover to fasten
them together. Great packaging indeed and it will ensure that the kit
arrives in your hand with all the parts intact.
One thing that does puzzle me though is why Aires has produced the kit
with four guns to a set as opposed to six. Most of the models that these
will be placed into carried six guns, three to a wing which means that
you will have to buy two of these kits if you plan on opening both gun
bays. However, if you only plan on opening one gun bay, and providing
the length of the barrel in the aircraft you are modelling requires a
short barrel (remember that the barrels are all different) you will have
a spare breech to add to the parts bin.
A downside? Yes, the price. Squadron lists the Aires 4241 kit (which is
essentially the same as this kit) at USD$21.46. Not cheap!
Thanks to Aires for the review sample
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