German motorcycle WWII BMW R75
1/35 scale plastic model kit
Master Box 3528
Also you can purchase same kit with update photo-etched set
German motorcycle BMW R75 with Photo Etched Set WWII 1/35 Master Box 3528F
Manufacturer: Master Box (Ukraine)
Number of FIGURES: 1 motorcycle
Paint: Unpainted, Unassembled, Kit do not contain paints and glue.
Condition: New in Box
Made from a typical Master Box plastic – yellow-brown, a bit softer than current DML signature gray plastic – the sprue holds approximately 80 individual parts. These are not numbered on the sprue itself – that's what the photo in the assembly instructions is for. While such an approach allows to pack more stuff onto the sprue and reduces the waste of material, I find it a bit problematic, since it makes the modeler flip the pages of the instructions incessantly in order to check what's the part number for the sub assembly currently being built. First, in terms of engineering, I am really happy with the amount of pin marks on visible parts, which is none whatsoever. Unless you plan to, for instance, leave the ammo boxes open, or make a diorama with mechanics servicing the basket's insides, there will be no need for removing any mark. Moving onto details, I can safely say, they are quite superb. There are multiple small parts, which perhaps make the assembly quite intricate, but I can see how rewarding it will be. The engine is a kit in itself, made from fourteen parts in total, and as far as I am concerned, should look like the real deal and you might want to add some cables where appropriate, but it is not necessary. The frame, on the other hand, is very delicate and needs careful handling in order not to break it – fixing would be nigh on impossible and making a new one would complicate things and probably involve a soldering tool. On a side note, the frame would be a great aftermarket item for the bike and would make its construction much easier. There are other, no less delicate parts, from grab handles and the exhaust pipe to extremely fiddle steering crossbars. The sprues also contain two machine guns, both the MG34 and MG42, and both nicely detailed – maybe not to DML Gen2 standards (and if anyone wants to change that.. there are many leftovers from each Dragon kit), but well done nonetheless. Overall, when it comes to the level of detail, I am sure everyone will be satisfied, provided they do not break the bike frame or the basket support.
Enough positives, time for some criticism. First, this is actually the first Master Box release where I find flash problematic. Its not that there is lots of it, on the contrary, but it's right where it counts the most. You guessed it, the most fiddly bits are the most problematic. While dealing with it on the handlebar, or even the frame itself, is perfectly doable, cleaning the wheel sprockets will be a major problem. Without either a very sharp knife and a steady hand, or an aftermarket replacement, removing flash from these will be nigh on impossible. I have also noticed several sink marks, but these are placed either in places covered by other parts, or not too pronounced.
Finally, in terms of detail, I'd have a single comment, having found no other obvious problems, even though such analysis should be made by someone with good photos of the original and a good eye for detail. The tire tread, or rather the complete lack of it, when compared to CAD drawings and pictures in the assembly instructions, doesn't look too good. While understandable, taking into account the limitations of injection molding, which can be overcome only by complicating things – see DML tires for their Sd. Kfz. 234/3 – a different material might be beneficial, resin for instance. Who knows, maybe we'll get some replacement, but for now, one either has to accept it, or find a way to correct the issue on his own either by making new tires, or scribing the tread onto the ones in the kit. Both ways will be time consuming and difficult, which puts the whole endeavor in question.
While not exactly perfect, the newest Master Box release is a solid kit of a popular subject. Being highly detailed, it will build into a small gem on its own, enough to be a centerpiece of a small diorama certainly. Naturally, there are problems to be overcome during assembly but the effect will be worth the effort. Also, it will definitely be cheaper than its future competition from Lion Roar. Taking the level of detail into consideration, I'd say it's a bargain.
review from armorama.com