The Aero 12C Bomb Skid is used by the United States Navy to move weapons around the flight deck and also below deck.
The model arrived in a 6" X 4" Ziplock style bag inside this we find the parts in a 5" X 3" bag wrapped in bubble wrap and foam.
The 10 parts are cast in a cream coloured resin on 7 blocks.
All parts have very fine details and a free of any air bubbles.
Care will be needed when removing the skid handles due to the very delicate castings.
A 6" X 4" sheet of paper has the model information and a colour photo on one side and on the reverse is a black and white parts and assembly diagram.
The Skid handel mounting blocks will need to be drilled out with a 1.2 mm drill bit.
Listed are FS and Gunze paint numbers.
This should be a straight forward build as a stand alone model or in a diorama, which would have to be below deck due to a Helmet not being included.
One other item that would have been iceing on the cake would be PE for the weapon tie downs so these will need to be scratch build.
Thank you to :-
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
The following information and colour photo"s are from the above site:-
"An aero 12C bomb skid equipped with two Aero 39B bomb skid adapters for nitrogen bottles stands on the deck of the nuclear-powered
aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). The EISENHOWER is participating in a week of carrier qualifications testing off the Virginia Capes, 10/02/1987"
"Aviation ordnancemen use an Aero 12C bomb skid to transport Mark 82 500-pound retarded delivery bombs across the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CNV 69), 11/04/1987"
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Highs: High quality resin castings.
Clear assembly instructions.Lows: Lack of PE tie downs.
Helmet for figure,(if you want to build for a on deck diorama.)Verdict: I am looking forward to building this model and adding some weapons to the skid.
Photo's of built model to be posted.
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About Richard Tonge (tinbanger) FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA
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