BarracudaCast BR 72215: D.H. Firestreak missiles

For: Applicable 1/72 kit


$9.95 MSRP


Scott Van Aken

This very nice resin set from BarracudaCast provides replacement missiles for those planes that used them, including Javelins, Lightnings, and the Sea Vixen. This was the UK's first successful heat seeking missile, entering service in 1957 and continuing in service until the retirement of the Lightning in 1988. The missile itself was toxic to handle thanks to its rocket motor's composition and ammonia based coolant. Armorers had to wear protective gear when working on it.  Needless to say, with the introduction of the Red Top, the Firstreak's use declined.

BarracudaCast has provided two complete missiles in this set. It includes a sprue with the missile body and aft fins, two sprues with the forward fins and exhaust, along with a small clear sprue with the nose of the missile. Also part of the package is a sheet of decals along with full color assembly information that includes photos.

While most will use this for the new Airfix Lightning kits, they will fit the appropriate kits from other manufacturers without any real issues.

As with all BarracudaCast resin, the detail is top rate and the castings flawless.

December 2016

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