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 Thermally Protected
MK-83 1000 LB Bomb
w/ BSU-85 fins



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number & Description:

ORO48001 - Thermally protected MK-83 1000 LB Bomb w/ BSU-85 fins (4 per set)

Scale: 1/48
Price: USD$10.00 per set of four bombs. Postage is a flat rate of $4.00 regardless of quantity or location.
Contents and Media: 12 pieces cast in tan resin.
Review Type: Preview
Advantages: TBA
Disadvantages: TBA
Recommendation: TBA





These MK-83 1000 LB bombs are the first in a series of 1/48 and 1/32 scale Modern Aviation Ordnance items Orion will be releasing over the next few months.

The version of MK-83 depicted in this set is specific to the USN and USMC. The bombs feature the rough ablative Thermal Protective coating applied to USN/MC bombs for shipboard use.


Included are 4 MK-43 Target Detecting Devices to provide an airburst capability (fitted in the photo above), and 4 M904 Nose fuzes (as seen in the image below). The BSU-85 fin uses a parachute to retard the fall of the weapon.

The MK-83 was the weapon of choice (as far as bombs are concerned) for the US Marine Corps and US Navy during Operation Desert Storm. The Marine Corps used the MK-83/BSU-85 configuration extensively on its F/A-18A/C aircraft from Sheik Isa Air Base in Bahrain. The weapon was also used during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.


USN and USMC aircraft cleared to carry it include the F/A-18A/C/D/E/F, F-14A/B/D, S-3B, and AV-8B just to name a few.

Thanks to Dave Roof from Orion for the preview images

 Images Copyright 2003 Dave Roof
This Page Created on 25 April, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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