Matra R-530 Missile

Published: April 18th, 2016     
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Product packaging
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel - IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production
Price: $4.32
Product / Stock #: 721217
Product provided by: PJ Production

Background

The Matra R-530 is a medium range air-to-air missile. This two stage rocket propelled missile entered production in 1962. Frequently, interceptor aircraft utilize this missile for longer range along with the Matra R-550 Magic 2 short range air-to-air missile. The missile is available with Infrared Homing or with Semi-Active Radar Homing. In some cases, a missile of both types is carried. This weapon is used by at least sixteen countries, most utilizing French sourced aircraft.

The Kit

Like the previously reviewed AS-30, this kit consists of two parts, the missile and its mounting pylon. The parts come in a simple small envelope and the instruction sheet is printed on the back side of the label. The missile has a round pouring sprue attached to the rear. This makes it easy to hold the part during painting and is easy to remove when finishing the part. The pylon has a pouring sprue with some flash attached to the top of the pylon. Again, this makes painting easy and is easily removed when the part is finished.

The moldings are very fine and only require minor clean-up. My only problem related to the packaging. As with the AS-30, the plastic envelope caused some pressure on the larger fins of the missile. This caused them to deform into an "X" shape instead of the required "+" shape. I soaked the part in some very hot water and was able to bend the fins straight.

Conclusion

This is a great little addition to many models. I found a little bit of reference material on this missile in Wikipedia. A big thank you to PJ Production for supplying this unique looking missile. This item can be purchased directly from PJ Production and also from Hannants. Well recommended.

  • Instructions
    Instructions
  • Product pieces
    Product pieces
  • Assembled and painted missle attached to pylon next to same-scale aircraft.
    Assembled and painted missle attached to pylon next to same-scale aircraft.

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