Revell 1/40 Nike Hercules SAM
|NOTES:||Reissue of Revell 1958 Nike Hercules Kit, only 5000 units produced|
The Nike Hercules MIM-14 was an
upgrade to the Nike
Some 25000 were built and used by
various NATO countries (nuclear and conventional), Japan and
Nike Hercules is roughly
equivalent in performance to it’s USSR counterpart and contemporary SA-2
Nike Hercules Specs (From Wikipedia)
Length 41 ft (12.53 m) overall 26 ft, 10 in (8.18 m) second stage
Diameter 31.5 in (0.80 m) booster 21 in (0.53 m) second stage
Fin span 11 ft, 6 in (3.50 m) booster 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) second stage
Weight 1065 lbs (4850 kg) at launch 5500 lbs (2505 kg) second stage
Max speed Mach 3.65 (ca. 2750 mph or 4,470 km/h)
Range 90 miles (140 km)
Ceiling 150,000 ft (45,700 m)
Warhead conventional T-45 HE warhead weighing 1106 lb (500 kg) and containing 600 lb (272 kg) of HBX-6 M17 blast-fragmentation
Warhead nuclear initially W7 (2.5 or 28 KT) and later W31 nuclear 2 kt (M-97) or 20 kt (M-22)
It is the old Revell 1/40 scale model that was introduced in 1958 and re-released every 15 or so years since the early 80s. This time it has been re-released by Revell AG/Germany.
The kit consists of 60 parts in dark green plastic (including three figures if you want to make a diorama) and shows its 50+ year age as it is full of flash, surface imperfections and sink marks in the parts. The missile is also covered in lots of more than obvious rivets to show detail while the actual missile has a pretty featureless surface.
The model is essentially two kits.
One is the actual Nike Hercules
I suspect that kit will be a lot of work and require a decent amount of modeling skills to build according today’s standards especially if you want to remove the 6 scale inch rivets.
This is pretty much the only game in town if you like the Nike Hercules or like to indulge in some nostalgia (aka playing with the “working” features.)
As it is, I like rockets (manned or otherwise) and look forward to building this kit.
The kit courtesy of my now thinner wallet.
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