The metal parts are finished to a high standard without any surface blemishes and the resin mantlet has subtle cast texture and nicely defined bolt head and weld seam details included.
The barrel features fine rifling in the hollowed out muzzle as well as threads on the outer side and the small muzzle collar and muzzle brake are also threaded and these parts simply screw onto the barrel without the need for any glue which is quite impressive although the thread isn’t to scale if you want to get real picky.
The collar half way down the barrel is also a separate part which you obviously fit first before attaching the muzzle brake, the holes in this collar are actually drilled out for good detail definition.
The muzzle brake has the rear and forward halves separate with a small round grommet fitted to the inside, this in turn has two small etched flanges added for detail and the small etched retaining bolt on the top of the rear muzzle brake.
Assembly of the muzzle brake is straightforward but ensure you line up the two small flanges on the inner grommet and this should be attached inside the front muzzle brake part and not the rear part as indicated in the instructions as this makes fitting the two muzzle brake parts together much easier.
The assembled barrel fits very snugly into the resin mantlet and the instructions indicate the modifications needed to fit the new resin mantlet to the Dragon or Tamiya kits which are quite straightforward and shouldn't present any problems.
A nicely machined and detailed barrel with the threaded screw on muzzle brake quite impressive with only minor modifications needed to fit to the target kits and overall is an impressive replacement barrel.
Thanks to armorscale for the review set.
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