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APU-60-2 Launch Rails

Zactomodels 1/32 APU-60-2 Launch Rails First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2011 Manufacturer Zactomodels
Subject APU-60-2 Launch Rails Scale 1/32
Kit Number 32037 Media Resin
Pros Detailed correction to Trumpeter kits Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $16.00 + Postage

First Look

APU-60-2 Launch Rails
APU-60-2 Launch Rails

Zactomodels is a small aftermarket company that does some of the most incredible engineering and casting to correct or convert selected beloved subjects. This time around, they've addressed a shortfall in the Trumpeter MiG-23 kits. The ventral pylons that mount under the fuselage can accept the APU-60-1 or -2 launch rails which are used to carry the R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) missiles. The Trumpeter kits for the MiG-23MF and MiG-23ML provide the APU-60-1 rails which give you a loadout of only two AA-8s on the aircraft (plus the AA-7s under the wing gloves). While this is technically correct, most MiG-23s typlically carried the APU-60-2 twin-rail launchers to allow the aircraft to carry two AA-7 and four AA-8 missiles. Trumpeter did provide the APU-60-2 rails in the MiG-23MLD Flogger K release, but those of us that also have the earlier Floggers were stuck with the single-rail launchers - until now.

Zactomodels has nicely replicated the details and shape of the APU-60-2 and I will be using these in place of the kit APU-60-2 in my MiG-23MLD build as well as on the earlier Floggers. You can see in the title graphic what one of these twin-rail launchers looks like with the Zactomodels R-60 missiles (sold separately).

You'll not only find these APU-60-2 rails on the MiG-23, they've been fitted to the late-model MiG-21 as well as the MiG-31 Foxhound. While we do have some nice 1/32 MiG-21s, it may be a while before we see a 1/32 Foxhound...

This is another nice enhancement produced for the MiG-23 kits from Trumpeter and can be used of course on other aircraft (check your references).

You can learn more about this and other project from the Zactomodels website at

My sincere thanks to Zactomodels for this review sample!