B-25 Ammunition Belts
Eduard has issued an upgrade set to enhance the detail on the ammunition belts in HK Models 1/32 B-25J. This set includes one fret of 15 parts which replicate the detail on the ammunition belts for the rear guns, waist guns, and, if used, the nose gun.
HK Models’ detail on the gun belts is okay but does lack for some of the detail on the outside of the tracks. To upgrade this, the photoetch parts are added to the outside of each plastic part and are bent at a 90 degree angle to cover the top and sides. This gives a much better representation of the real belts.
I started by trying to glue on a belt and then bend the PE over – not too successful. In the end, I prebent all the needed parts on my Hold and Fold and glued them on in sections, using CA glue and accelerator. It was very fiddly and time consuming but yielded a nice result in the end.
The only issue I have with this is that all the folds and gluing will be covered up and nearly out of sight when the kit is built. I looked at the B-25 that IPMS had built and you can't see much of the belts anywhere. Due to that, I can recommend these to the modeler who wants the ultimate B-25 – Eduard's detail and relief etching is unparalled and it is a shame to cover it up.
Recommended, but with the reservations noted above. My thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great photoetch.