AIM-9X Sidewinder (2pcs)

Published: May 9th, 2020     
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Missle Photo
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Brengun
Price: $13.07
Product / Stock #: BRL32039
Product provided by: Brengun

The AIM-9X is the latest version of the venerable Sidewinder first used in 1956. If you are going to build a modern jet past 2003, it probably would have carried the AIM-9X. For modelers, AIM-9X missiles are scarce in the 1/32nd scale range. Brengun comes to the rescue with two superbly cast examples in set 32039. Inside the package, you will find one casting block containing the missile body and two different motor sections- one for training and one live. There are two of these blocks to make two missiles. Also included is a PE fret for the fins, two cast seeker head covers, and a magnificent clear casting for the seeker heads. Lastly, a complete set of decals is included.

Assembly is straightforward and the only decision you need to make up front is live or training missile. I chose live and cut the appropriate parts loose from their blocks. Keep them square and the fit is good. Also, before the glue sets make sure the front and rear fins are aligned. I added a slight amount of putty and wiped off with lacquer thinner. Next, I made a mistake. I glued all the fins on. The fit is great but I think I knocked about half of them off painting and decaling so I would leave them off until done. Masking and painting was easy (except for the fin losses) and a quick clear and then decals. The decals are very thorough and go down well. I added Flory wash to bring out the details and then a flat coat. The last thing was to cut the seeker head from the block and glue in place.

I can't recommend this set enough- easy construction, great detail, and the decals really make it pop. Highly recommended to fans of modern jets.

My thanks to Brengun for opportunity to review this set.

  • Kit contents
    Kit contents
  • Instructions
  • Completed missiles
    Completed missiles
  • Heading detail
    Heading detail
  • Decals
  • Tail detail
    Tail detail
  • Head covers
    Head covers
  • Seeker head
    Seeker head

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