by: Dave O'Meara [ ]
what's in the boxThis set provides two photo etched sheets, and 4 resin receivers to construct 4 very detailed .30 cal 1919 air cooled machine guns and mounts. The sheets include enough parts to make up 4 complete guns, 8 ammo cans, and six ammo belts. Included is a length of brass tubing for the actual barrel, over this slips the rolled cooling jacket, with a neat little resin bore complete with the notch. To complete the assembly you will need to supply your own plastic or brass rods of 1mm and 0.3mm diameter. The brass for the barrel is extremely hard, and I chose to use some plastic rod instead. With careful assembly, you can make it so the ammo boxes open and close.
constructionNow not being a photo etch wizard, I found some of the part extremely tiny to work with and I even managed to melt one of the retaining chains while trying to anneal the part. (I'll replace that with some spare when I build the other three). I found the etched brass cooling sleeve just a smidgen too large in diameter to fit snugly over the resin bore, and the next one I'll sand the length edges a little before rolling it. As it is now, the seam is hidden on the bottom side. With careful gluing, you can place and remove the ammo can (I haven't added the ammo belt yet).
I wish I could say that this was a quick build, but I have stubby fat fingers, shaking hands, and so the going was slow. How slow I hear you ask! Well, in all it took me 6 hours to assemble one gun. Hopefully the follow up guns will go a little quicker. I am happy to report that I didn't lose any of the tiny parts, probably due to fact that I did it at work, and the desk I was using had a black top, so the flying parts showed up rather easy, and fortunately none went to the floor. I'm certainly happy I actually took folks advice and bought a Hold and Fold Bug, because without it, I really don't think I would have been able to fold some of the smaller parts. I found that the resin is fragile, as I managed to snap off the tiny mount under the receiver upon removing the receiver from the pour plug, but again the black work surface proved to be a saving grace as it was easy to find, and glued back in place with a little CA.
A pretty neat set to improve any vehicle or figure with a .30 cal machine gun. I bought my set from Lucky Models for the acceptable sum of $8.99 with free air shipping.