Cutting Edge Modeworks
Cutting Edge Modelworks continues its
journey through the AIM-9 Sidewinder series with four new releases:
as used by the USAF and USN (early Vietnam) and foreign users.
AIM-9E “small tail”
as used by the USAF(mid Vietnam).
as used by the USAF (late Vietnam to late 1970s and other foreign users.
as used by the USAF/USN/USMC (1976 to present) and other foreign users.
Click the thumbnails below to view the instructions full-sized
Each set consists of 40 pieces (plus a
resin assembly jig) and provides enough parts to construct four complete
missiles. All parts are superbly
and crisply cast in Cutting Edge’s mid-grey resin and I was not able to find a
single defect in any of the 160 parts provided for review. The parts breakdown for each missile is the body, with a
separate piece for the seeker head, four canards (front fins) for the seeker
head and four “wings” (tail fins) for the tail.
The inclusion of the assembly jig is a
great move by Cutting Edge as it makes the assembly of the missiles so much
easier and ensures that the canards and wings are attached at the correct
A comprehensive instruction sheet is
included with each set. The sheet
contains all the information you require to complete the missiles including
detailed painting instructions and a short narrative on each type including the
time period that the missile was/is employed in and what aircraft used them.
All said and done an excellent effort. Cutting
Edge continue to provide us with some pretty impressive and well detailed 1/32
scale AIM-9s that can only enhance any model that you care to load them onto.
Now, if they would only produce them in 1/48 scale!
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the Samples
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from Meteor Productions Website
Review Copyright © 2000 by Rodger