Marston Mat Landing Strip

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1:48
Company: ICM - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: ICM - Website: Visit Site
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Background of Marston Matting

I realize that I recently completed a companion review of this similar M8A1 landing matting and do not wish to rehash the same ground. However, if you’re interested, I urge you to read that narrative as well, as the background and history of the Marston mat system is one that should be of historical and modeling interest for many of us.

I should also point out that this modern style of Marston matting is not the type with the circular holes, but rather the narrow-slit types of surface design. The original WW II type (with holes) can be found in the ICM line at kit # 49017 (though I have been unable to locate recently).

The History of Marston Matting

For a much more in-depth look at the fascinating history of the Marston matting, I encourage you as modelers to the following websites for more historical background information:

Reviewer’s Comments

This kit in 1/48th, represents the next in a series of M8A1 landing mats (which are also available in 1/72nd and 1/35th scales). This kit contains four sprue sections containing landing mat sections which can be constructed using any common liquid cements.Instructions are provided using a double-sided sheet with the schematic illustrating the sprue sections. I did notice that while my instructions clearly stated they are for the 1/48th mat (#48410), it said 1/35th in large bold print, which I assume was simply typing error.

There is also a nicely colored paint print illustration for the ICM Color Range.I have yet to find an online or local hobby shop who is carrying the ICM acrylics. However in this case, there are numerous other paints, both acrylic and lacquer from which you may choose.

Assembly

As you begin to figure out how to put the many pieces of appears to be complex puzzle, I suggest you begin by separating into three separate piles:those with and without end tabs and the longer sections with end tabs. Once you get the rhythm of the layout, you can start setting them in place with your glue of choice. I’ve attached a few images to illustrate the steel matting along with a represented aircraft to give you an idea of the completed sections look and how it might be displayed.

Painting

As this I began my painting with a Mission Models Grey Primer (# MMS-003), following with a layer of Model Air Steel (# 71.065), then a wash using 502 Abteilung oil paint ‘Brown Wash’ (# ABT080) and finally a coat using Testors Dullcoat Lacquer (#1160).

Recommendation

I wholeheartedly recommend this kit. I have reviewed several ICM kits and find them to always demonstrate a high degree of accuracy. I strongly you to build this kit—whether you’re building an armor piece or and aircraft. Thanks to ICM for the opportunity to review another of their excellent model kits.When you realize ICM is in the Ukraine and fighting the Russian aggression, it’s even more a tribute to the skills of their Ukrainian staff.

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