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R-73 / AA-11 Archer

Eduard BRASSIN, 1/48 scale

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Catalogue Number

Eduard Brassin Item No. 648-071 - R-73 / AA-11 Archer

Contents and media

Grey resin parts (see photos), photo etch with, double sided A5 instruction sheets.

Scale

1/48

Price

USD$12.71 available online from Eduard's website

Review Type

First Look.

Advantages:

Lovely detailed weapons set, for those who like to improve the look of their MiG’s and Sukhoi’s.

Disadvantages:

No painting guide.

Recommendation:

Highly recommended


Reviewed by Phil Parsons


Eduard's 1/48 scale R-73 / AA-11 Archer is available online from Squadron.com

 

Background

 

Entering service in 1982, the R-73 (AA-11 Archer, NATO reporting name) is an infrared-guided (heat-seeking) missile, which when coupled with a helmet mounted cueing system has a very high off boresight capability. The missile has been upgraded since its introduction however; these changes have been internal to the missile. The missile can be carried by MiG-29, MiG-31, Su-27, Su-34, Su-35 plus modernized versions of MiG-21, MiG-23, Su-24, Su-25 and by some soviet helicopters, including the Mil Mi-24, Mil Mi-28, and Kamov Ka-50.

 

 

FirstLook

 

The missile body (four provided) and rear fins are all molded as one resin piece. The forward canards are resin while the fixed destabilisers and AoA vanes are photo etch. You are provided with options for a standard IR dome or environmental cover. The same applies to the thrust vectoring exhaust that can be replaced by an environmental cover. Common APU 73 launch rails are provided with different parts that apply to either the MiG-29 or the Su-27.

 

  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
  • Eduard 1/48 scale R-73 AA-11 Archer Missle Review by Phil Parsons: Image
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I do wish that Eduard would provide painting guides…especially since weapons generally stay in the same condition as manufactured. It would be nice to have a painting reference for both live and inert weapons as is available for most Western missiles.

 

 

Conclusion

 

All in All these Brassin sets will add an amazing level of detail to your MiG’s or Sukhoi’s. Highly recommended.

Thanks to Eduard for the samples.


Review Text Copyright 2012 by Phil Parsons
Page Created 31 December, 2012
Last updated 31 December, 2012

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