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R-23R / AA-7 APEX
R-23T / AA-7 APEX

Eduard BRASSIN, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

Eduard BRASSIN Item No. 648 088 - R-23R /AA-7 APEX
Eduard BRASSIN Item No. 648 090 - R-23T /AA-7 APEX

Contents and Media:

Each 22 pieces resin, PE fret plus A5 instructions.

Scale:

1/48

Price:

each USD $12.95 + postage from Eduard

Review Type:

First Look.

Advantages:

Crisp, fine resin detail

Disadvantages:

None Noted

Recommendation:

This is a great product, Eduard now provide the complete package in their latest BRASSIN releases, these missiles come with a painting guide and decals, you just need to source a MiG-23M to hang them on..


Reviewed by Phil Parsons


Eduard's 1/48 BRASSIN AA-7 APEX missiles are available online from Squadron.com

 

Introduction

 

In the mid-1960s the Vympel design bureau developed the K-23 medium-range missile for MiG-23 fighter jet aircraft. The missile was certified as a weapon for the MiG-23M in 1973.

The R-23 comes in two variants:

  • R-23R with semi-active radar homing (SARH,) and

  • R-23T with infrared guidance (IR).

Both versions used the same motor and warhead, which had a lethal radius of 8 m (26 ft). In the west these were known as the AA-7A and AA-7B, respectively.

The airframe features four delta wings arranged in cruciform just behind the midpoint of the fuselage, and cropped-delta control surfaces at the extreme rear in-line with the wings. Smaller cropped-triangular surfaces are mounted in-line near the nose. The only external difference between the two versions is the nose cone, which are more pointed for the SARH seeker, and rounded for the shorter IR version. The R-23 is produced in Romania under license as the A-911.

 

 

FirstLook

Eduard’s latest releases are designed for the 1/48 MiG-23M by Trumpeter or the MiG-23MF by Italeri. They come in a cardboard box that contains small foam blocks to protect the resin pieces that are packaged in zip locked bags.

 

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The instructions are very easy to follow with the exception of where to exactly cut the nose if you are going to use the environmental covers. Small point but take your time to ensure the dome is centred when fixing into place. Apart from that, all the control surfaces drop into slots in the missile body. The PE fret contains a ring to enhance detail on the exhaust and protective covers for what I assume to be the target proximity sensors. There is a painting and decal guide for the missiles and the APU-23M’s.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Another nice replacement BRASSIN product to the styrene kit missiles.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Eduard for the samples.


Review Text Copyright 2013 by Phil Parsons
Page Created 15 April, 2013
Last updated 15 April, 2013

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