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ADM-160 MALD (648623)

1:48 Eduard Brassin

 

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After a false-start at the turn of the millennium, the second iteration of the Miniature Air-Launched Decoy piqued the interest of the US military again, with a longer range, more powerful turbojet engine, and a different shaped profile to the fuselage, but otherwise very similar to the unsuccessful first version.  It is designed to be air-launched and carry out a pre-programmed course that can be adapted if necessary by the launching pilot.  It can fool the enemy into thinking it is a range of Allied aircraft from a single-seat fighter to a heavy bomber, helping carry out the Suppression of Enemy Air Defences (SEAD) without risking any crewed aircraft.  Recently, a jamming capability has been added to the missile’s repertoire, and Raytheon have been working on a lighter composite fuselage and a data-link back to base to improve general situational awareness.  Other options include adding Electronic Counter-measures (ECM) to the mix.

 

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As is now usual with Eduard's smaller resin sets, they arrive in the new shallow Brassin cardboard box, with the resin parts safely cocooned in bags, and the instructions folded around acting as padding.  This set includes resin parts for three missiles with wings that can be posed open for flight, or swept back into the closed position for storage or carriage on an aircraft.  A Photo-Etch (PE) panel covers the wing join, a resin FOD cover fits over the intake (if it's not in flight), and at the rear of the Missile/Aircraft/Drone are two PE meshes panels that are used to steer the airframe and also hide the casting block at the rear of the fuselage.

 

A small sheet of decals are included in a separate bag with the PE sheet for the stencils, and as usual with Eduard kits, there is a diagram showing the colours in Gunze codes and locations of the stencils.

 

Highly recommended.

 

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