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WWI Aviation Machine Guns
a miniature sychronized ballet
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]

History

When man first flew into the sky it set the inevitable in action. Eventually flying would be included in warfare. The next step it to arm the flyer and the next step is to standardize this application.

Kit History

Master Models is a Polish based model miniatures company. Their own blurb says:

"The company MASTER is created by passion for modeling. We are for you - modelers! We know how important are details for you. We would like to give you possibility to making perfect models, which are the reflection of real originals. The most important for us is your satisfaction, so we do our work as best as we can. By the highest products quality, good company workings, but above all customers contentment. . ."

My review sets just arrived on January 18, 2011. They included:
1@ Spandau set 08/15 AM32-023.
1@ Parabellum LMG 14 AM32 024.
1@ Parabellum LMG 14/17 AM32-025.

Now WWI is a subject area that Master Models has only recently began addressing. They have a great catalog of subject matter that is heavy with WWII items. Mostly they seem to do fretted gunbarrels that are milled brass tubing, Mike Taylor of MisterKit USA is quoted as saying:

". . .These differ from tradtional 2-D Photo Etched Gun Jackets which generaly have to be bent into a cylinder shape. These are "Milled" Brass tubes which are cut and hollowed. This set includes the Barrel and Cooling jacket in addtion to Milled Flash Suppressors which PE sets would either cast out of resin or expect you to cut off and re-use the kit part. . ."

I thought I had seen it all. That is until I picked up the fretted gunjacket of a Master Model 1:32 Parabellum 14 Wow! I spent a couple of hours working with the three sets and was amazed at how quickly they went together. Each set comes with enough parts for one gun (Parabellum ) or in the case of the Spandau Maxims enough for 2 guns.

Contents

They include finely detailed
Gun barrel(s).
Fretted jacket(s).
End caps for the jacket(s).
Flash suppressors where applicable.
Gun sights both fore and aft.
Back strap for the Parabellum 14/17
Attachments for the Spandau gun(s) to the airframe.
A one sided instruction sheet of exploded views that are very clear and concise.

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SUMMARY
Highs: High quality details. The milled fretted jackets are the next step in the evolution of the hobby.
Lows: The Parabellums don't have the ammo drum brackets. But those usually come with the particular kit.
Verdict: Model Master WWI era 1:32 gun detail sets are some of the finest details I have seen and the price is right.
  DESIGN & DETAILS:96%
  AMOUNT OF PIECES:92%
  INSTRUCTIONS:94%
Percentage Rating
94%
  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: 32023-25
  Suggested Retail: S9.95
  Related Link: Website
  PUBLISHED: Jan 20, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.97%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 96.08%

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About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)
FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

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Comments

These are the icing on the cake !
JAN 20, 2011 - 01:16 PM
I have built all three guns and I have to say, they certainly are excellent. Some of the PE parts are very tiny and requires some deft modeling but overall they are brilliant. I will be using the two Spandau guns on my latest build, the Avis Fokker E.V. Des. www.ww1aircraftmodels.com
JAN 21, 2011 - 03:31 PM
   

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