Orange Hobby of China gives us yet another metal barrel option, this time for Academy's recent Swedish CV9040 kit (item 13217). I spent less than an hour adding this new 40mm Bofors barrel in brass to my finished kit.
This is a very simple barrel upgrade, consisting of:
a machined-brass barrel and flash suppressor, a muzzle dust cap and strap, a vinyl gaiter, and one small fret for the PE barrel clamp.
The added weight of this machined-brass barrel will be no problem: the mantlet of the stock kit has several small "nubs" and corresponding holes to prevent barrel droop. The only cause for worry comes when judging the correct length of the barrel, as there is no stop in the kit mantlet (just a bottomless hole). I "cheated", by using a plug made from "silly putty," to prevent the barrel from falling-in too far. Just use the kit barrel as a guide!
After purchasing my Academy CV9040 kit, I realized there is already an aluminum barrel for the 40mm Bofors gun included (the rubber gaiter represented in styrene). This affordable upgrade will be for those who don't have a chance to purchase the limited-number of kits which have this goodie. The quality of this all-brass part, along with the vinyl barrel gaiter, enhances the stock kit with a level of detail not possible in styrene.
Highs: Fantastic craftsmanship and quality!Lows: Not necessary if you've been lucky enough to purchase the Academy kit with aluminum barrel already included.Verdict: An affordable and simple upgrade.
About Ted Hayward (ted_hayward) FROM: TAIPEI, TAIWAN / 台灣
From B.C., Canada. Living in Taiwan for past several years. I've been building kits for as long as memory serves -armor, aircraft, cars. Big fan of 1/16th scale armor kits. Currently serving as poster boy for working with CA adhesives in a well-ventilated area. My first kit was the positively awful ...