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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Brassin GBU-32 Thermally Protected JDAM
1:72 Scale

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The history of air warfare has progressively developed air-to-ground bombs of increasing accuracy, from the days of literally throwing a bomb out the cockpit in the early parts of WWI to the formations of thousands of bombers using saturation bombing to destroy a target in WWII.  In the late 1990s, GPS-guided air-to-ground weapons came of age in the form of the Joint Direct Attack Munition, or the JDAM, which today represents a key tool used by everything from the F-16 to the B-2.  GPS weapons were also quite economical.  “Dumb” iron bombs, already in the inventory, could be converted into a JDAM by adding a set of strakes to the bomb body along with a modular guidance tail kit containing the GPS/INS gear.  The JDAM based on the Mk. 83 1,000-pound bomb is GBU-32.  USN/USMC GBU-32s are a distinct from the USAF versions as they are covered in a thick ablative fire-retardant coating.  It gives the bomb body a rough and textured appearance.  The ablative coating delays any potential accidental detonation of the bomb in the event of a fire onboard an aircraft carrier.     

In this Brassin set, Eduard provides parts for no less than eight GBU-32s.  You get eight bomb bodies with integral tailfin kits and 32 parts for optional nosecone attachments, and ten photoetched metal parts.  There’s also a decal sheet containing markings for the bomb stenciling.

Overall, this is a very impressive set.  The resin casting is great, and the subtle texture of the ablative coating is very nice done – not overdone at all and it works in 1:72 scale.  Other resin details are really nicely done, down to the photoetched conformal GPS antenna at the base of the tail kit.  The decals feature the bomb stripes and other data and they look great.  Eduard gives you four different sets of nose cones, but the for the standard Navy and Marine Corps GBU-32(V)2/B, I’d go with the simple rounded nose cone: part R82.  Check your references, of course, but all of mine indicate this is the right part for this version of the bomb.       

Sincere thanks are owed 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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