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R-60/AA-8 Aphid - 1:72 Eduard

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R-60/AA-8 Aphid

1:72 Eduard




The R-60 was designed by the Molnyia bureau as a medium range, light weight missile with extreme manoeuvrability. This was achieved by coupling a small frame and light weight with a set of forward facing strakes on the nose to improve the action of the forward steering fins at the extremes of engagement. With a practical range of 4km and above, it was the most agile Air-to-Air missile for many years and could be fitted with either a radar or optical seeker head. The missile can be carried singly, in pairs on a dual rail, and although designed primarily for the Mig-23, it has also been used on the Mig-21, Mig-29 and 31, as well as a host of other aircraft. 








The set arrives in Eduard's usual clamshell package, inside which are parts for four missiles, four single rails and two dual rails. The missiles are attached to their mould plugs at the rear. Not only should these be easy to remove, but the join will be partly covered by the small photo etched exhaust vents. A small sheet of decals is included, while colour codes are provided with reference to the Gunze Sangyo range. In usual Eduard style, the quality of casting and the level of detail are both superb.




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