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Eduard B43-0 & B43-1 Nuclear Weapons with
SC3-4/4/7 Tail Assembly -- 1:48 Scale

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The B43 was an air-dropped nuclear weapon employed on a wide variety of American combat aircraft between 1961 and 1991.  It was a “dial-a-yield” weapon that could produce a detonation between 70 kilotons and one megaton.  Its fuzing options spanned airburst, ground burst, free fall, contact, or laydown delivery.  About 2,000 were produced, and there were multiple variants with different nose and fin assemblies while others had parachutes to slow their descent.  Most USAF, USN, and USMC fighters and attack aircraft were cleared to carry B43s including the B-47 Stratojet, B-52 Stratofortress, B-58A Hustler, F-100 Super Sabre, F-105 Thunderchief, F-4 Phantom II, F-104 Starfighter, FB-111A Aardvark, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16C Fighting Falcon, A-3 Skywarrior, A-4 Skyhawk, A-5 Vigilante, A-6 Intruder, A-7 Corsair II, and F/A-18 Hornet.  With the development of the B61, B43s were eventually phased out and now have been retired for almost 30 years. 

Eduard’s Brassin product line has recently issued a few different B43 weapons sets in 1:48 and 1:72 scale.  Each set contains parts and decals for two bombs.  Here, we look at the B43-0 and B43-1 fitted with the SC-4/-7 tail assemblies in 1:48 scale. 

Each set contains 20 cast resin parts and six photoetched metal parts.  Each bomb is built from a cast resin bomb body section separate from the nose section.  The fins are all separate cast resin parts that plug into the tail cone.  Six photoetched metal parts come on a single fret and feature the tail cone ring and tail cone plate.  The -0 version has the shorter, stubbier nose, while the -1 has the longer nose section.  Aside from that and a few variations in the content of the decal sheets, these sets are identical (as they should be). 

The casting and PE parts manufacturing is flawless.  The detail is superb while the parts breakdown is simple and really quite straightforward.

It’s nice to see some special weapons released in the Brassin line, and they allow the scale modeler to depict a “unique” set of underwing stores as opposed to everyone else’s conventional loadout.  There are also additional releases of these two sets in 1:72 scale, and 1:48 scale, as the B43-0 and -1 with the SC3-4/6 tail assembly.

We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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