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Cal .50 HMG Set (2 Each)



S u m m a r y

Stock No. LF1037
Contents and Media: 26 parts (20 in light tan resin, 6 in etched brass)
Price: RRP USD$8.98 (USD$7.46 from Squadron.com)
Scale: 1/35
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Nice, crisp castings; combine some details on the casting, making assembly easier
Disadvantages: No mounts included; resin barrels warp as it all too common
Recommendation: Recommended for anyone needing a good "Ma Deuce"


Legend's 1/48 scale .50 calibre HMG is available online from Squadron.com

Reviewed by Cookie Sewell


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Lately there has been a plethora of new M2HB machine guns released in resin and brass, and this one appears to be the "mid level" choice between the Verlinden ones and the Royal Models one.

The kit provides for two .50s, each with separate barrel and loading door, a brass ammo carrier and "butterfly" spade grip, and two boxes of ammunition one sealed, and one open with a belt of about 25-30 rounds to fit into the feed chute.

Unlike the Verlinden items (I have not seen them in person, only in adds) which appear to be all resin, this kit uses a mixed medium. But unlike the overly complex and obnoxious Royal Models kit, this one has the mount cast integral with the receiver. It does suffer, as do all small resin weapons of this type, from heat-susceptible barrels that tend to warp in the box and need careful straightening.

Overall, the guns do look pretty good and while a bit fiddly will result in a near "drop in" upgrade for some of the older weapons on Tamiya and Academy kits.

Cookie Sewell AMPS

Review Copyright 2002 by Cookie Sewell
Page Created 29 March, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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