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F-14 LAU-138 BOL/Chaff Launcher

Cutting Edge 1/32 F-14 LAU-138 BOL/Chaff Launcher First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2006 Manufacturer Cutting Edge
Subject F-14 LAU-138 BOL/Chaff Launcher Scale 1/32
Kit Number CEC32158 Primary Media Resin
Pros THE nicest missile rail produced in 1/32 to date! Cons  
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) OOP

First Look

Here is some really nice casting from Cutting Edge. This set is a pair of AIM-9 missile rails that replace the kit rails in your Tamiya or Revell 1/32 F-14. The missile rails in the kit are supposed to represent the basic LAU-7 missile rail that is seen on the wing glove stations (Stations 1A, 1B, 8A, 8B). The LAU-7 was replaced with the BOL rail - the LAU-138 which still provides the AIM-9 launch/carriage capability, but also improves the F-14's chaff dispensing capability by 160 chaff bundles per missile rail.

F-14 LAU-138 BOL/Chaff Launcher

The casting on these parts absolutely impressive, with the proper recessed missile track and the various fittings all in the proper place. The kit's LAU-7s should look so good! In fact, after installing these rails, you'd almost hate to obstruct the details by mounting an AIM-9!

This set is definitely a 'no-brainer' for the Tomcat lover. Simply remove the casing blocks and replace the kit missile rails. Nice one Cutting Edge!

My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!

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