Breda Safat 7.7mm Machine Gun Barrels

Published on
October 14, 2012
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any 1/48 early WWII Italian aircraft
Company: Master Model - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Master Model - Website: Visit Site
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If you are not familiar with the Master Model name, you need to be. They are a Polish company that produces wonderful brass detail parts that have to be seen to be believed. This particular set contains two Breda 7.7mm machine guns that are made up of a gun barrel and a cooling jacket. The detail is exquisite, and the jacket fits snugly over the barrel. This type of machine gun was used in early WWII Italian aircraft.

My example was sent to me in an envelope with a piece of paper folded around it. Unfortunately the cooling jackets were flattened, and I spent some time trying to get the openings back to a round shape. I used a small drill bit and a pair of tweezers to achieve this, which may not have been the best way to do it. In the process, I damaged one of the cooling jackets. Luckily, the project on which I am planning to use the finished machine gun only requires one gun fitted to the starboard side of the aircraft. The aircraft is a PZL.23. I know that it is the wrong weapon, but it looks close enough. And since I totally botched the kit part, I really needed something to replace it. I brushed on some Testors Burnt Metal Metalizer after carefully sliding the barrel into the cooling jacket.

I would highly recommend this line of products. Some of the other products that Master makes are pitot tubes, WWII Luftwaffe radar, and bunches of machine guns and cannons covering a wide range of subjects. I have one of the Lichtenstein radar arrays that they produce, and it looks awesome. I am lucky enough to have a local hobby store that stocks their products, but if you aren’t as fortunate, I’m sure most of the online retailers carry them.

I would like to thank Master Model for the opportunity to review this excellent product, and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.


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