Revell 1/81 SM-62 Snark
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Reissue of 1957 kit|
The Northrop SM-62 Snark was a specialized intercontinental cruise missile with a nuclear warhead operated by the US Strategic Air Command from 1958 until 1961. It takes its name from Lewis Carroll's snark.
The Snark was developed to offer a nuclear deterrence to the Soviet Union at a time when ICBMs were still in development. It was the only intercontinental surface-to-surface cruise missile ever deployed by the United States Air Force. With the deployment of ICBMs, it was rendered obsolete and taken out of service.
In January 1958 the Strategic Air Command began accepting delivery of operational missiles to Patrick AFB in Florida for training and in 1959 the 702d Strategic Missile Wing was formed. Multiple launch failures led to the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Canaveral being described as "Snark infested waters."
On 27 May 1959, Presque Isle AFB in Maine, the only Snark base, received its first operational missile. Ten months later, on March 18, 1960, a Snark officially went on alert status. Thirty are known to have been deployed."
The 702nd was not declared fully operational until February 1961. In March 1961, President Kennedy declared the Snark "obsolete and of marginal military value" and on 25 June 1961 the 702d was deactivated.
There are at least three injected plastic Snark kits, all from about the same time frame. In 1/48 (or so) is the Lindberg kit, while there is this one and apparently Monogram did a Snark as well, though I'm not familiar with that one. It isn't a difficult kit and if you don't spend a ton of time filling in sink areas, fixing ejector pin marks or blanking off intakes or exhaust, it should build rather quickly. Those of us who do have to do all this stuff, will have to decide if full sanding and rescribing is an option as we will remove detail in the process. Regardless, it is nice to have this one back at a decent price so we don't have to pay those outrageous collector's prices.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM-62_Snark March 2011
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