Trumpeter 1/32 US Missiles First Look
|Date of Review||July 2011||Manufacturer||Trumpeter|
|Kit Number||3306||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Nice selection of air-to-ground missiles||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$33.95|
About five years ago, Trumpeter released its first US Aircraft Weapons set (look here) and provided many of the sprues that had appeared in the A-10 and other of their earlier 1/32 attack aircraft sets. These were the equivalent of the weapons sets produced by Hasegawa in 1/48 scale that allowed modelers to bomb up their projects beyond whatever was included in the kits.
With the release of their latest generation of 1/32 super aircraft, notably the 1/32 F-14 Tomcat and 1/32 F/A-18 Super Hornet kits, Trumpeter had tooled up more weapons that are now packaged separately to support your other large-scale projects.
Included in this set:
- 2 x AGM-142 Have Nap/Popeye (2 versions)
- 2 x AGM-84A Harpoon
- 2 x AGM-84E SLAM
- 2 x AGM-84H SLAM-ER
This set provides a nice cross-section of contemporary precision guided air-to-ground missiles used in Operation Desert Storm and later. These include the huge Popeye from Israel that was adapted as the AGM-142 Have Nap for the B-52, a lighter version for tactical aircraft like the F-16, the AGM-84A Harpoon carried by a variety of US Navy fighters for anti-shipping missions, the AGM-84E Stand-Off Land Attack Missle (SLAM) which took the Harpoon and gave it an optical seeker head for targeting land targets, and the AGM-84H which gave the SLAM wings and a better seeker to reach targets farther away from the launch aircraft.
This is another nice selection of missiles in 1/32 scale which will provide you with more options for your 1/32 scale models without having to raid other Trumpeter kits for their weapons.
My sincere thanks to Stevens International for this review sample!