by: Andy Renshaw [ ]
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introductionThis new accessory from MIG Productions is the cousin to the common concrete Jersey barrier, the plastic water or sand filled barrier. The design for the Jersey barrier was developed at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, USA, as a means to divide multiple lanes on a highway. Its sloped sides are designed to cause a vehicle that impacts it to be slowed and kept in its lane, thus reducing head on collisions. The original design was 3 feet tall and made of poured concrete. Its widespread use world wide for other uses, including temporary defensive positions, spurred the development of plastic ones that can be easily moved when empty and then filled with water or sand. This is the style that is represented with this set.
Live Fire testing at Quantico, Va. USA found the following:
No Rebound, Ricochet or Through Penetration from Multi-Hits 9mm with water fill.
No Rebound, Ricochet or Through Penetration from Multi-Hits 5.56mm or 7.62mm with sand fill.
No Rebound, Ricochet or Through Penetration, 2 lbs., C4 at 4ft. with sand fill.
No Rebound, Ricochet or Through Penetration from Hand Grenade at 2ft. with sand fill.
ReviewIn the package you get 6 solid resin barriers flawlessly cast in a cream colored resin. They scale out to 3 feet high and 4 feet long. The couplers on each end of the barriers actually work and you can connect the barriers by sliding them together. The only work needed to use these items is to remove the casting plug off the bottom, including the resin inside the fork lift groves, and paint your desired color. Plastic barriers are available in every primary color, with the most common being blue, white, and red. The paper insert inside the package has a color photo of some red ones in use as well as a color photo of the finished items.
ConclusionThese are excellent items that will find a welcome place on that urban checkpoint or modern 1/35 scene. The Jersey Barriers would also add the perfect element of interest to a small figure vignette.