|PRICE:||$4.50 in 1991|
|NOTES:||Limited run injection molded kit|
is a limited run by 12 Squared of General Dynamics’s BGM-109 Tomahawk.
The Tomahawk Cruise missile became a household word during the first gulf
The Tomahawk missile family consists of a number of subsonic, jet engine-powered missiles for attacking a variety of surface targets. Although a number of launch platforms have been deployed or envisaged, only naval (both surface ship and submarine) launched variants are currently in service. Tomahawk has a modular design, allowing a wide variety of warhead, guidance and range capabilities.
Persian Gulf conflict, 288 Tomahawks were launched. The first salvo
was fired by the cruiser
USS San Jacinto on January 17, 1991. The attack submarines
USS Pittsburgh and
USS Louisville followed. The
was a limited run kit that was injected molded.
The parts needed a lot of clean up as is the norm with these limited
runs. It is molded in soft grey
plastic with recessed panel lines.
The parts included the body of the missile in two halves, the main wing,
air scoop, booster rocket and maintenance stand.
Also included is a two part base in the shape of the country of
Being that it is 1:72 scale the parts are small and the tabs attaching them to the runners are thick so careful attention is needed when handling the parts for clean up.
The assembly is straight forward starting with the missiles main body. Being that I wanted to display my Tomahawk on the base I did not use the maintenance rail or the booster rocket sections. After gluing the two halves of the main body together I took the main wing cleaned it up and carefully cut and shaped the area on the body it was to slide through. Then I assembled the two halves of the air intake. Again this is a small kit and lots of clean up and reshaping was needed here. After that came the rear fins. The soft plastic bonded well with Testors liquid glue and when sanded the seams disappeared with little effort. I then glued the post to the base and reshaped the tab on the holding rod until it fit snug in to the engine outlet of the missile.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
Tomahawks were painted Dark Grey on top and Light Grey on the lower surfaces.
I did this freehand with the airbrush without masking any areas.
I went with Testors Model Master Dark Ghost Grey FS36320 for the upper
The kits instructions provide everything I used for the build.
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