Black Dog is a new Czech company offering resin conversion sets and accessories in 1/48, an area of growing interest to many and one that not many AM suppliers have stepped into just yet. Their first offerings are very welcome by those of us that enjoy building this scale. This particular set is designed to fit the Tamiya 1/48 M8 Greyhound kit # 32551.
The accessory set consists of eight pieces nicely cast in a light cream colored resin. The eight pieces are modular and consist of the following:
Large tarp for rear deck Tarps, helmet and shovel for turret Tarps, helmets, shovel, canteen and bayonet for turret Large tarp for rear fender 2 medium tarps for fenders 2 small tarps for fenders
The pieces come in a zip-lock bag wrapped in bubble wrap inside a sturdy cardboard box. Even with this precaution my sample had some damage in the form of the handle was broken off of one of the shovels but something that was an easy fix.
In regards to the level of casting detail, it is amazing what has been achieved in this scale. The casting is very crisp on the folds and tie-downs and goes so far as to depict the tie ropes with well defined knots and frayed ends. The helmets and canteen on the turret pieces look more like separate pieces than part of a single casting and are well defined.
Sink-marks and bubbles are non-existent and what little flash there is can be very easily removed with a sharp knife blade. The casting blocks are also very easily removed, a few passes with a knife and they snap right off without any damage to the pieces.
Overall, I would have to say that this set is very definitely worth the money for those looking for this type of detail in 1/48. I am looking forward to more of their very high quality products and the amount of detail on the 1/48 stuff would be impressive on 1/35 pieces!
Highs: Nicely cast, very detailed, up to 1/35 scale standards. Lows: Some parts damaged in transit and required repair. Verdict: Without a doubt this is a great item, well worth the money!