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US Missiles

Trumpeter 1/32 US Missiles First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2011 Manufacturer Trumpeter
Subject US Missiles Scale 1/32
Kit Number 3306 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice selection of air-to-ground missiles Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $33.95

 

 

First Look

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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!

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