has released a turned aluminium barrel for the Hobby Boss kit of the LAV-150 APC with 90mm Mecar Gun in 1/35th scale, kit reference 82421.
This turned aluminium barrel from RB Model
is supplied packed in a zip-loc plastic bag and is supplied as a single piece. On the front of the zip-loc bag is a self adhesive label with all of the relevant information printed on it.
I do not have this model from Hobby Boss, and so I am only able to make observations on the supplied metal barrel offering from RB Model
. The barrel from RB Model
has a raised surround around the muzzle, this I believe is to strengthen the barrel at this point; I am very happy for someone to correct me on that belief. The RB Model
barrel dimensions are as follows;
- Length = 54.4mm
- Muzzle depth = 6.8mm
- Muzzle bore = 2.5mm
- Muzzle diameter = 3.55mm
- Barrel tapers 3.57mm down to 3.26mm
- Length of muzzle guard = 6.92mm
The depth of the bore is acceptable and should easily disguise the fact that the barrel is not hollow along its entire length. The rifling inside the barrel is very very subtle and does not rotate as in the real barrel, the detail is so fine that I did not detect it with my own eyes and had to use magnification. The finishing of the barrel is of a good standard and should look very good when installed and painted on the model. The pin on the barrel for installation to the mantlet is quite short and fine, and so I suggest care is taken to prevent any bending of the pin during application which may result in a bent appearance to the barrel.
I cannot comment on the accuracy of this barrel, but I have no doubt that it will result in an improved look to the finished model. The price of the barrel is attractive as it is very affordable.