Aerobonus

1/48 R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) air-to-air missiles

Product # 480 016

Product Article by Steve Bamford on Nov 24 2011

 

This latest release from Aerobonus is a pair of 1/48 R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) air-to-air missiles.  This is a light weight air-to-air missile used by the Russian bloc and was sold to a variety of countries that use Russian weapons systems.  These infrared missiles were used on the MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-25, MiG-29, Su-17,  Su-24 and Su-25.

 

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The quality of the resin casting is flawless and bubble free.  You get 2 missile bodies, 20 fins (8 per missile....they are small...you get extras) plus stencil markings for both missiles.  The larger tail fins are already attached to the missile bodies and it is only the 8 smaller more delicate nose fins that you need to attach to the missile.  Yes there are 2 rows of nose fins.....one set is a canard type of fin and the other is a larger guidance type of fin.

The instruction sheets assist you with assembly, painting and stencil placement.  You do not get a clear seeker head for the tip of the missile and instead you are supposed to paint the tip of the resin missile a smoked colour.  The missile body is white, so I would assume once you painted the missile body and seeker tip white, you could then mask and paint the white seeker tip with smoked clear to get the desired look.

These resin missiles from Aerobonus give you the option to use the R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) air-to-air missiles on your next Russian built aircraft.  These are very nicely done missiles with a very pleasing level of detail

You can purchase this and other fine resin detail items directly from Aerobonus or from the many retailers that carry their products.  

I would like to thank Aerobonus for providing me with this review sample.

Steve Bamford

      

Photos and text by Steve Bamford