AIM-9J Sidewinder

Published: March 20th, 2016     
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Reviewed by: 
Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard
Price: $12.95
Product / Stock #: 648197

I am bringing you guys the AIM-9J Sidewinder in 1/48th scale from the Eduard Brassin line. I have not worked with Eduard's resin line ever up to this point, and I can honestly say I'm impressed! The Sidewinder Missile does not need an introduction from me, seeing as they have been around for 60 long productive years, with the J model being used in the early 70's as an Air Force production model.

These missiles come in a clear plastic package with multiple foam inserts to protect the product and keep them still.

There are a total of 28 resin pieces consisting of: 4 missile bodies, 1 resin block with the clear seeker heads, 4 blocks containing a set of fins per missile, and 1 block containing seeker head covers. There is one photo-etched fret and one decal sheet.

Construction takes place in three steps, four if you decide to use the seeker head covers. I will warn that the Front fins are very thin and flex a great deal, so care is needed when removing them from the stub and cleaning them up. Also I had to use my drill to enlarge the holes for the fins to attach the missiles body. Other than that, construction was very smooth and no problems really noted.

Finishing came by way of Tamiya acrylics and model master enamel, using X-2 white for the missile body, Model Master Steel for the rollerons, XF-3 Flat yellow for the seeker head cover, and lastly X-26 clear orange for the seeker head, since I didn't have a reference at the time and Eduard didn't specify a color.

The decals went on with no problems at all, and even contain a set of spares should the need arise. I only used Micro set and Micro Sol decal solutions.

These are very simple and extremely detailed Sidewinders. My thanks to Eduard and IPMS for giving me the honor to review these items.

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    Package contents
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    Closeup of package contents
  • Closeup of missles, above
    Closeup of missles, above
  • Closeup of missles, rear
    Closeup of missles, rear
  • Closeup, completed build
    Closeup, completed build
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    Closeup, completed build
  • Closeup, completed build
    Closeup, completed build

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