USN/USAF 35lb Lubricating Bucket Pump

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December 16, 2014
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Company: Aerobonus - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Aires Hobby Models - Website: Visit Site

Aires has issued two versions of a 35 lb. lubricating bucket pump used to grease planes and the like. Both versions have exactly the same resin, photoetch and paint schemes. The only difference is the decals- one is for the US Navy and the other, the US Air Force. It makes sense to do these build concurrently.

The resin consists of eight parts; four for the wheels, the handle, the plunger and the main body. The parts are cast perfectly and only the large body needs a pour spout removed. The photoetch parts are for the nozzles and the handles. There is also a length of wire for the hose. Assembly is pretty quick. The instructions call for you to cut small wire pieces (not included) to add the handle as pivot pins. I skipped this part; it is way to small) and just glued all the parts in place. The four wheels are glued in place and the handles and construction is done.

The paint schemes call for either overall medium gray or a medium gray top and yellow body. the wheels are black. I used air force medium gray and insignia yellow on the parts. Wheels are black. Once painted, I wound up the wire and painted it for hose and added it. The decals are average and don't set well. With some coercion, they snuggled in place.

A little wash and weathering and a flat coat and they are done. These would make a great addition to a diorama and are simple builds. Definitely recommended. My thanks to Aires and IPMS USA for the chance to review these excellent items.


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