Rocket Launcher UB-16 and UB-32

Published: May 31st, 2011     
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Reviewed by: 
Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard
Price: $19.95
Product / Stock #: 648025

Czech manufacturer Eduard continues expanding its "Brassin" line of detail parts for aircraft. This time they are offering the UB-16 and UB-32 rocket launcher which has seen widespread use in Soviet designed aircraft, like L-39, MiG-21/23/27, Su-7/17/20/22, and Yak-28/38.

The detail kit includes 10 resin parts (casted in two different resin colors) and a small PE fret with another 6 parts. Resin parts are nicely detailed with great surface detail and very cleanly casted, with small pour stabs. Photoetch parts are exquisitely thin and very easy to work with.

It took me a total of 30 minutes to get all four rocket launcher assembled. The assembly is simple and straightforward but releasing the parts R3 and R4 (rocket launcher back cones) from their pour stabs requires some dexterity and a very thin razor or saw. Those parts are most fragile parts of the whole detail set.

As it seems to be the standard in the Brassin line, instructions do not include color references. I wish color references were included in the instruction sheet. I've downloaded the instructions for their Mig-21 and got the color information from there.

I've painted my rocket launchers "steel" (Model Master enamels). I took advantage of the resin parts being casted in two different shades of gray as to have some color variation. I've applied a coat of Future and an oil wash to bring up detail to give them a 'well-used' look.

Given the fragility of resin parts R3 and R4, I recommend this detail set for intermediate modeler with experience handling fragile parts. These rocket launchers are a simple way to enhance your model and if you have some experience handling fragile parts you should have no problems with this aftermarket set.

I would like to thank Eduard Models and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

  • Parts in kitset
    Parts in kitset
  • Assembled rocket pods
    Assembled rocket pods
  • Finished rocket pods
    Finished rocket pods

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