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AGM-158, R-23R & AIM-9X Missiles 1:48


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AGM-158, R-23R & AIM-9X Missiles

1:48 Eduard Brassin

 

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A new raft of 1:48 Missiles from Eduard, and as usual with Eduard's larger resin sets, they arrive in the oblong Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched wrapped around, providing extra protection.

 

AGM-158 (648425)

The AGM-158 is a stand-off or cruise missile, which combines small size with stealthy exterior to minimise chances of interception before it reaches its target and detonates the 1,000lb warhead.  They are currently in use with the US, Poland, Australia and Finland, with extended range variants also developed.  There are parts for two missiles in the box, with two wings per fuselage, a vertical tail and small parts for shackles, an antenna and a clear part for the rear of the fuselage.  The wings and tail can be modelled folded for carriage, or deployed during flight, as shown in a scrap diagram.

 

Decals are included and their location is shown in the painting diagram that uses Gunze codes as call-outs.

 

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R-23R Missiles for Mig-23 (648432 for Trumpeter)

Designed specifically for the Mig-23, this version uses Semi-Active Radar Homing to seek its target, and has the ability to climb to a target if necessary, with a range of up to 22 miles.  There are parts for two missiles in the box, with the large rear fins and smaller steering vanes provided as separate parts that fit into recesses in the missile body.  A PE exhaust ring is fitted to the rear, and a pair of pylons are supplied for attachment to the airframe.  If you want to show the missiles before flight, the nose needs to be removed with a saw and replaced by the resin covers that are moulded in lighter resin.  A set of small PE covers for the proximity sensors are also included, and these are shown in position on a scrap diagram.  The little rods on the very tips of the missiles are there to prevent formation of bubbles in the nose-cone, and should be cut off during construction.

 

Decals are included and their location is shown in the painting diagram that uses Gunze codes as call-outs.

 

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AIM-9X Sidewinder Missiles (648435)

The latest in a long line of Sidewinders, designed for modern air combat in an effort to leapfrog the unexpectedly superior performance of Russian missiles over previous incarnations, and built in collaboration with other Allied countries.  This set has parts for four missiles with moulded-in rear stabilisers, separate forward steering vanes, exhausts and clear seeker heads.  Decals are included and their location is shown in the painting diagram that uses Gunze codes as call-outs.

 

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