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1/32 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM)

 

Custom Aeronautical Miniatures
 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: R32057
Scale: 1/32
Price: USD$22.00
Contents and Media Two JDAMs, each consisting of five parts cast in light tan resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent casting and detail.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Dave Williams

 

FirstLook

 

Are you looking for something to arm your 1/32 scale Operation Enduring Freedom F-14 Bomcat or F/A-18? Look no further, as CAM has just released a set of resin USN-style GBU-31 JDAMs which will dress up your Cat or Bug. Although the label on the box states that the set contains a pair of GBU-32s (1000lb warhead), the instructions correctly identify the contents as the 2000lb GBU-31 version of the JDAM. The set represents the version used by the USN/USMC with the rough fire retardant ablative coating covering the Mk. 84 warhead.

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You get two JDAMs, each consisting of five parts. Cast in light tan resin, the parts are crisply cast and bubble free. The main parts consist of a one-piece warhead with a separate tail unit. The strake assembly is molded integrally with the warhead and features nice detailing on the straps that surround the underside of the warhead and on the clamps that hold the assembly together. The rough coating on the warhead is very well done. Note the asymmetric cutouts on the strakes on either side of where the suspension lugs are attached. This is correct based on photos and does not indicate that the parts are broken or damaged. The tail unit is just as nice and correctly has the raised attachment for each tail fin only on one side of the fin. The remaining parts consist of a pair of suspension lugs, which have only a thin layer of flash that needs to be drilled out over the hole in the lug, and the interface that runs on top of the bomb between the strake assembly and the tail unit.

Overall, this is a very nice and timely release from CAM.

Highly Recommended.



 

Web Resources

 

Military Analysis Network: http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/smart/jdam.htm

Boeing JDAM page: http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/missiles/jdam/flash.html

Dave Williams
IPMS/USA 19050
 

Thanks to Brookhurst Hobbies for the review sample.


CAM Decals are available online from their website at http://www.camdecals.com and from Brookhurst Hobbies

CAM Decals 59 page 2002 color catalog of decals and resin parts is also
now available through the CAM Decals website


Review Copyright 2003 by Dave Williams
Page Created 22 February, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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