by: Andy Brazier [ ]
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History The AGM-114 Hellfire is an air-to-surface missile (ASM) first developed for anti-armor use, but later models were developed for precision strikes against other target types, and have been used in a number of targeted killings of high-profile individuals.
It was originally developed under the name Helicopter Launched, Fire and Forget Missile, which led to the colloquial name 'Hellfire' ultimately becoming the missile's formal name. It has multi-mission, multi-target precision-strike ability, and can be launched from multiple air, sea, and ground platforms, including the Predator drone.
The Hellfire missile is the primary 100-pound (45 kg) class air-to-ground precision weapon for the armed forces of the United States and many other nations.
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In the box Packed in a black Brassin top opening box, the resin parts are well protected and placed in three re-sealable bags which are then snugly sandwiched in-between two foam inserts.
The photo etch and decals are packed in a twin cardboard backed bag with the decals sitting in-between the two cardboard inserts.
The instructions complete the contents.
All the resin parts are connected to a casting block, and having used Brassin sets before I have had no trouble removing the parts from the blocks.
Detail is exceptional with some fine recessed and raised details for the missile bodies.
The launchers have a little detail moulded onto them, but the inclusion of some photo etch really adds to the pylons.
The 50 resin parts make up eight missiles and the two launch pylons, which hold four missiles each.
Each missile is made up of two resin parts, one being the main body and the other the optional laser head. The laser head has a choice of a clear resin sensor or a grey resin cover, depending if you want the missile to be ready for action or on standby.
The rest of the missile is made up of photo etch parts for the eight fins, an exhaust ring and a mounting lug.
An optional resin part is used if the missile is not going to be used with the launcher.
A launch rail is attached to the missile body for the launch pylon.
The launchers are made up of five resin parts and nine photo etch parts.
The P.E parts add detail to the pylons.
Two of the five resin parts are some nice electrical lines for the top of the launchers
The missiles along with the launch rails are then attached to the pylons.
Instructions and decals The instructions are easy to follow with any optional parts clearly marked.
Bold letters for the resin and P.E parts are clearly shown.
Colours are given along the way for the smaller parts with the main bodies having a colour insert for the painting and decal guide.
As per usual for Eduard, Gunze Aqueous and Mr Color paints are keyed to the colours to be used.
The decals for the missiles are printed by Eduard and carry the arming bands in yellow, which means they are carrying a high explosive warhead. The rest of the decals are for various stencils.
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