- Published on Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:02 James Hatch
1:48 R-27T/T1 AA-10 Alamo-B
Catalogue # 648048
Available from Eduard for 11,25€
Back in January, we reviewed the 1:48 Alamo-A set from Eduard, which is the semi-active radar homing version of the R-27 missile. In that review, I also briefly brushed upon the infrared homing version, the R-27T/Alamo-B. Well, thanks to Eduard, I now have that particular version of this common weapon system here in front of me.
The Eduard R-27T/T1 AA-10 Alamo-B set is packaged into the long, satin finish BRASSIN box, with the product label at the foot of the package. The length of the Alamo missile stops Eduard from utilising the blister packs as they do for most of these weapons sets.
Inside the pack, three zip-lock packs of resin are included, as well as one pack with a single photo etch fret, partially printed in colour on both sides. This set includes enough parts for FOUR Alamo-B missiles, which is as much as you'll need for any of your projects. THIRTY-TWO pieces of dark grey resin make up these four weapons, with no spare steering/guidance vanes as we saw in the previous set, so please take care when removing these from their casting blocks.
The missile bodies themselves are single piece items which require the fins and nose attaching separately. A photo etch metal sleeve is wrapped around the forward part of each missile also.
As this set is infrared homing, we do indeed get the clear lenses for the forward part of each missile, cast in clear resin. There are 6 of these, so if you lose one, it won't be the end of the world. As 'Bonus Parts', Eduard have supplied the lens protector caps for the infrared lenses at the front of each missile. To use these, you will need to remove a little resin from the front of each missile, and attach these parts to replicate the lenses being covered.
As with the previous Alamo set, two different types of pylon adapter are supplied; each on its own casting block. Detail level is excellent, even down to the connection faces which, unless you leave the missiles from them, won't be readily seen.
All resin casting is excellent, with no flaw, and you will need to remove the casting blocks. Eduard do design the junctions of these blocks so that there is minimal chance of damage to the part you wish to use, but again, I would use a fine razor saw to attack these areas.
A single photo etch fret contains the wrap-round parts for the missiles as well as brackets and plates for the pylon adapters. The coloured etch parts are for the ground safety tags for the adapters, and various small placards for the same. Both etch and print quality are excellent.
Instructions are printed on one side of an A5 sheet, and are clearly illustrated, with the use of different colour ink to denote new part application and where material needs to be removed to install the lens protectors. Unfortunately, there is no colour reference on the instructions, and you will need to check your references, repeating an age-old modellers quote.
So what do we think?
Again, this is another excellent set to compliment the previous Alamo release from Eduard. The overall quality of this set is high, and it comes in at a price which is extremely affordable. The only downside is the lack of colour notation.
Our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample used here. To purchase this directly, click THIS link.
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