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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


CMK #5113 Mk. 82 AIR Bombs with BSU-49B Ballute
1:32 Scale

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The Mk. 82 500-pound bomb has been one of the most ubiquitous air-to-ground munitions since the Vietnam era.  It is a low-drag, general purpose unguided iron bomb, carried by everything from the A-4 Skyhawk to the B-2 Spirit.  Scale modelers of the postwar era are no doubt intimately familiar with it.

In this resin aftermarket set, CMK provides a pair of resin-cast Mk. 82 AIRs that represent the bomb fitted with a BSU-49/B ballute canister in the tailfin assembly.  For low altitude air-to-ground attacks, the ballute (which is like a hybrid airbag/parachute) deploys out of the back end of the bomb, rapidly slowing its fall and allowing the aircraft to egress outside of the blast radius.  Here, the bomb body is a separate piece from the tailfin/ballute assembly and they connect via an intervening connecting plug.  The modeler is provided a choice of fuses (again, separate parts, and you get a standard fuse or the much longer extended fuse).  A small decal sheet is provided for stenciling and other markings on the bomb.

These 1:32 Mk. 82 AIRs are impeccably cast without any observable defects.  Size, shape, and other details compare favorably with my Mk. 82 references.  I particularly like the details that are well represented, including the ram air inlet ports at the aft end of the ballute canister and the canister’s lid as well.  Further, the parts breakdown is smart.  The manner in which the casting blocks are attached to the parts – and how the bomb body, connector, and tailfin/canister assembly fit together – makes freeing parts from the casting blocks AND later assembly problem free.  For those of us who have assembled resin bombs, sometimes a manufacturer makes it a flush fit between bomb body and tailfin, and if your razor saw’s cut isn’t prefect, alignment and seam issues can follow.  So, what CMK has done here reflects a pretty clever design to make life easier for the builder.  Kudos!  
Overall, CMK’s 1:32 scale Mk. 82 AIR is a great resin bomb set.  Recommended!

Many thanks to CMK and Special Hobby for the sample.  You can find them online at: https://www.specialhobby.eu/index.php?cur=2&lang=1& and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/specialhobby/?fref=ts

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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