The Mark 84 or BLU-117 is an American general-purpose bomb, it is also the largest of the Mark 80 series of weapons. Entering service during the Vietnam War, it became a commonly used US heavy unguided bomb (due to the amount of high-explosive content packed inside) to be dropped, second only to the 15,000 pounds (6,803.9 kg) BLU-82 "Daisy Cutter" then in service and presently third only to the 22,600 lb (10,251.2 kg) GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) currently in service. Info from Wikipedia
In the box
Packed in Eduards usual blister pack, the resin parts are well protected in a plastic see through pack with a foam insert behind the parts to keep them snug and safe. A small fret of photo etch is also supplied for the rear of the tail. The instructions are folded and have the stencil decals inside the folded instruction sheet.
The resin parts are distortion free and are cast in light grey for the main bombs and a darker resin for the nine nose fuse's.
The main bombs, of which two are supplied, are cast as one piece each with a pour plug attached to the tail end of the bombs. The tails are quite thin, and care should be taken removing the pour plug, thankfully it is only attached in four small places. Raised detail for the tail unit panel lines and two raised mounting lugs are cast onto the resin.
Three types of nose fuses are supplied and are of various lengths. All are connected to a pour plug, so scare should be taken when removing them.
The small photo etch has some tiny rings for the rear of the bombs. Four are supplied leaving you two spare for feeding the carpet monster.
instructions, markings and decals
The instruction sheet folds out to a postcard size sheet with the part placement shown as one picture. The front of the sheet has the stencil decal marking guide. The main body colour is given with Aqueous and Mr Color piant numbers.
The small decal sheet has the stencils for each missile. The decals are well printed, in register and look to be quite legible.
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Highs: Well cast, easy to build, decal and paint.Lows: None reallyVerdict: A nice set of dumb bombs to adorn any aircraft from the Vietnam war to present day.
About Andy Brazier (betheyn) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM
I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...