Eduard 1/48 AGM-88B HARM First Look
|Date of Review||April 2015||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Kit Number||648180||Media||Resin, Photo-Etch|
|Pros||Two sharply detailed HARM airframes and two styles of LAU-118||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$15.00|
Eduard from the Czech Republic is easily the most prolific producer of aftermarket details. Period. Their series of photo-etched detail sets have brought additional fidelity to otherwise bland subjects, and have taken even the best-produced models and kicked them up a notch or two with details that cannot be produced with injection-molded plastic. Many AMS modelers will collect the relevant Eduard photo-etch sets for a given project, but they'll also go out and gather specific resin enhancements as well. Eduard has stepped up with a new product line to complement their photo-etched detail series - Brassin. Brassin is a play on words with Brass and Resin, and in many sets in this series, the resin details also include a set of photo-etch as well.
In this release, Eduard has produced a pair of AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM) with the airframes and rear fins cast as integral units. The four guidance fins are cast separately as are two sets of LAU-118 launchers. You can see in the images above that one set of LAU-118 are shorter than the other. Check your references to see which version is used on the aircraft you'll be arming. This set also includes a set of rocket motor bezels and a set of airframe stencils for the two missiles.
Whether you're going SAM hunting with a 1/48 F-4G, F/A-18, F-16C Block 50/52, Tornado ECR, or other subject, these missiles are cast with sharp details and will provide some eye-catching details under your next project.
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!