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AV-8B HARRIER 162972 VMA-231, Operation Desert Storm 1991

Review on July 10, 2014 | Hobby Master Diecast Model 1/72 Scale

Basic Information

Hobby Master社製ダイキャストモデルです。商品の概略は以下のとおり。

This is a ready-made diecast model by Hobby Master Limited. The specifications of this product is as follows.

Product MakerHobby Master Limited.
Product Series1:72 Air Power Series
Product NameItem No:HA2614 (Not Limited)
AV-8B HARRIER 162972 VMA-231, Operation Desert Storm 1991
Model Scale1:72
DimensionsLength:197mm / Width:127mm
Release DateAugust 31, 2011 (in Japan)
Price7,992 yen in Japan
Notes *Ready-made display model (painted and assembled)
*Die-cast body with some plastic parts
*All markings by tampo printing
*Landing gears can be removed for flying position (gear covers included)
*Canopy can be displayed opened or closed
*Pilot figure included
*Display stand included

Shape, Painting and Markings

アウトラインは良好です。塗装やマーキング類も素晴らしい出来栄え。2色グレー迷彩は実機に近い形で再現されていると思います。このカラースキームは「砂漠の嵐」作戦中に使用されたものです。

The outline is good. The painting and markings are excellent. I think that 2 tone grey color pattern was painted very well just like a real plane. This special paint scheme was used during operation "Desert Storm".

Special Mention

本商品には豊富なアクセサリーが付属します。どれを付けるか選択することが出来ます。

Various accessories are included in this product. You can choose what to use these weapons with this model.

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本商品では3パターンの兵装組み合わせがあります。下記の表をご覧ください。

There are 3 patterns of armament in this product. Please see the chart below.

Pattern 1Pattern 2Pattern 3
STA.1: ⑥
STA.2: ③
STA.3: ②
STA.4: ①
STA.5: ②
STA.6: ③
STA.7: ⑥
STA.1: ⑥
STA.2: ④
STA.3: ②
STA.4: ①
STA.5: ②
STA.6: ④
STA.7: ⑥
STA.1: ⑥
STA.2: ⑤
STA.3: ⑤
STA.4: ①
STA.5: ⑤
STA.6: ⑤
STA.7: ⑥

1 × Gun Pod (GAU-12 Equalizer 25 mm 5-barreled Gatling cannon mounted in the left pod, with 300 rounds of ammunition in the right pod)
2 × 300 US Gallon drop tanks
2 × GBU-12 Paveway II (laser-guided bomb / based on the Mk. 82 bomb)
2 × Mk. 82 bomb with Tail Retarding Device "Snakeye" (unguided low-drag general-purpose bomb)
4 × Mk. 20 Rockeye II CBUs (free-fall unguided cluster weapon)
2 × AIM-9L/M Sidewinders

※飛行姿勢で飾る場合はガンポッド(①)とスタンド支柱先端が干渉してしまうため、ガンポッドを取り外す必要があります。

*Because interference will occur between the gun pod (①) and leading end of the stand when you display this model in "Flight Position", you must remove the gun pod from this model.

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上の写真は、ドラゴン社とホビーマスター社のフィギュアを比較したものです。どちらが優れているか一目瞭然です。ホビーマスターのフィギュアがドラゴン社製フィギュアのようにリアルになることを望みます。

Above picture is compared figures between Dragon's and Hobby Master's. I think that you understand which is excellent. I wish HM's figure become realistic one like a Dragon's figure.

※本レビューではドラゴン社製フィギュアを使用しています。

*Reviewer used Dragon's pilot in this review.

Expectation

本モデルは素晴らしいモデルでした。このクオリティで第1世代のハリアー(AV-8AやGR.1など)をモデル化して欲しいところです。ありがとう、ホビーマスター。

I'm glad that I got a awesome model! Next time, I hope that HM release the 1st generation Harrier (AV-8A, GR.1 etc.) same as this model's quality. Thanks Hobby Master.

Reference

[Books & Magazine]
*Fighting Aircraft DVD Collection 9 / AV-8B Harrier II by K.K.DeAGOSTINI JAPAN
*Military Aircraft of the World / AV-8B Harrier II by IKAROS Publications LTD.
*Osprey Combat Aircraft 90 / AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Lon Nordeen) by Osprey Publishing