Videoaviation | 120132: MJ1-A Loader (Early) (1/32)
Reviewed by Ray Peterson
VideoAviation offers two versions of the MJ1. The early version -A and the more modern version, the -B. At first glance the loaders look almost identical. Once you study a few pictures and see the details in the VideoAviation kits the differences between the models become obvious.
The version in this review is the earlier loader. For the later version, please see this review. The kit has 40 resin parts and includes a complete sheet of decals and a figure. Unfortunately, ordnance isn't included, but several different options are available separately from Videoaviation. All the resin parts are well detailed, beautifully cast, and exhibit no air bubbles or distortion even along long thin lengths. They come very well packaged in a sturdy box with instructions on three 8" x 11 3/4"(A4?)pages. Decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop. Construction diagrams are well-drawn exploded view style drawings and make construction look relatively straight forward. Four view drawings provide decal placement.
The MJ1-A would suit Viet Nam era bases, and I am sure they soldiered on into the late 70's at least. Instructions suggest a basic yellow color, but late in life they may have been found in later colors.
It is nice to see the aftermarket providing some airfield support vehicles for those of us who like to place their aircraft in a diorama setting.
Many thanks to VideoAviation for the review sample.
© Ray Peterson 2017
This review was published on Saturday, September 23 2017; Last modified on Sunday, September 24 2017