by: Darren Baker [ ]
Legend Productions has got into 3D mastering in a big way and that has resulted in a large number of very nice resin products in the form of weapons and figures in two main scales. One of the latest releases from Legend Productions is a Mk 19 on Pedestal Mount for Humvee and Gun Trucks in 1/35th scale.
This offering from Legend Productions is packaged in the usual card end opening box favoured by Legend when the product is of a suitable size. This is protected by a stiff plastic that completely seals the box. Inside there is a single sheet of paper that has been printed on both sides as a guide to assembly of the product. The resin parts themselves are packed in a Ziploc plastic bag which ensures that all of the parts reach you even if they come off of the carriers.
The Mk 19 Grenade launcher enables the soldier to get a grenade further and more accurately than would otherwise be possible. This offering from Legend Productions matches the online images I have checked it against. The weapon has been supplied in a number of parts consisting of the main body of the weapon and separate handle grips. The cocking handles are supplied separately and the modeller has been provided with two barrels with different muzzle guards. The muzzles regardless of choice will need to be drilled lightly to improve the finish.
The feed rails on the left side of the vehicle are present, but I have seen this detail missing in some uses and so I am why these would be removed and increase the chance of a round entering askew. Provided for use is an infra red light source with its mounting frame, the frame will benefit from a little clean up due to a small amount of flash being present. At the rear you are provided with a choice of a view screen or telescopic sight, it is up to the modeller how they wish to depict it.
The ammunition box is filled and Legend Productions has provided a belt of 12 grenades for use with the launcher; if dark paint is applied in the ammunition box these should easily give the impression of a full box. The skeleton frame for holding and attaching the ammunition box to the weapon itself is nicely done, but again will benefit from careful clean up to remove the flash and give the frame its sharp lines back.
The pedestal mount offered is a beautiful little series of mouldings. The weld beading in the needed areas is very well replicated as are the connecting bolts for securing it to the vehicle of your choice. The swing arm can be set as the modeller desires as can the angle of the machine gun. I was particular pleased to see tightening handles provided here and the angled hand bar to help the user position the weapons direction.
The detail provided with this offering is very good in all aspects. The common issues usually found with resin products such as air bubbles are not present in this example. There is of course some flash that will need cleaning up as the moulding process make this an inevitable aspect of resin kits. The pedestal mount is a particularly aspect of this model, but I have not been able to find images of the Mk 19 mounted on it, of course that could just be me failing rather than not being used.