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AGM-45 Shrike

Eduard Brassin 1/48 AGM-45 Shrike First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2014 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject AGM-45 Shrike Scale 1/48
Kit Number 648165 Media Resin, Photo-Etch
Pros Four nicely detailed missiles Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $14.95

First Look

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.

AGM-45 Shrike

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 color photo-etch as well.

In this release, Eduard has produced a set of four detailed AGM-45 Shrike anti-radiation missiles (ARMs). The AGM-45 was one of the first ARMs which was developed by the Navy by putting a radar seeker head on an AIM-7 Sparrow missile body. First used in Vietnam, the Navy adapted the A-4, A-6, A-7, and others to carry the missile for self-defense. The USAF adopted the missile for a dedicated 'bullet' for their F-105F and F-105G Wild Weasels as well as for self-protection on USAF fighter-bombers.

This set is molded in gray resin with photo-etched rocket motor rings and a set of stenciling on the included decal sheet. This is another useful set to keep around for your Vietnam-era combat projects. I just wish Eduard would start producing these Brassin weapons sets in 1/32 scale as well!

Recommended for experienced modelers!

My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!