At a Glance
DetailsLast summer, I penned a build review of Videoaviation's 1/32 GBU-38's and promised to post a follow up after giving the little bombs a proper finish. This is that follow up, albeit late, but better so than never.
|The bombs do not include any sort of index pins or tabs to align the bomb body and KMU tail section. It was all done the best I could at the time with my meager eye balls. The lines give you an idea of how far off I was on this particular bomb.|
I only weathered the paint jobs slightly and used no oils or washes to enhance the look. These are as base as it gets. You should know that the GBU-38's seem to run a bit large in scale, a detail that stands out particularly when you compare them side by side to other munitions from different manufacturers.
Eduard. Integrated loads are common on most modern fighter aircraft and having a GBU-12 in close proximity to a GBU-38 is a scenario that plays out often on A-10 Warthogs.
|An A-10 elephant walk. You can clearly see a GBU-12 positioned next to two GBU-38's.|
Either way, the munitions looks right at home when attached to a Wing Weapons Pylon from Academy's 1/32 F-16CG/CJ kit.
|A photo of the real thing.|
Still, the shape is decent and considering most modelers pay no attention to the finer qualities of scale ordnance, no one will notice.
|A GBU-38 being loaded onto a A-10's pylon. Note the orientation of the stencil on the bomb body reflects my selected placement. However, it is on the opposite side of the bomb than mine.|
|The placement of the stencils are not as standard as modelers like to think. Here you have GBU-38's with the stencil laid parallel to the bomb body yet on the opposite side as the picture above this.|
|A weathered GBU-38 about to be loaded on an F-16.|