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AIM-9D/G/H/ Sidewinders



Cutting Edge Modeworks


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Catalogue Number and Description: 32037 AIM-9D/G/H/ Sidewinders
Scale: 1/48 scale
Contents and Media: 41 parts in grey resin
Price: USD $9.95
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Great detail; thin fins; comprehensive instructions and painting guide; no flash or warpage; secure packing
Disadvantages: A shame they're not in 1/48 scale too!
Recommendation: Recommended 

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


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Cutting Edge set CEC32037 provides the modeller with enough parts to create four 1/32 scale AIM-9D/G/H Sidewinders for USN/USMC (1964 to late 1970s) and foreign air forces aircraft.

Each missile is broken down into two main parts (body and warhead) with four separate canards for the nose, and another four separate fins for tail.

Cutting Edge have thoughtfully included a resin jig so as that you can assemble your miniature missiles to ensure that all of the fins and canards end up with the correct pitch.

The instruction sheet is quite comprehensive and provides a thumbnail history of the AIM-9 as well as an excellent painting guide.

All of the fins and canards in my sample are commendably thin and lack any flash or warpage whatsoever. The over-all moulded-in detail on each of the parts, the rollerons on the fins especially, is a joy to behold and almost temps a dyed-in the-wool 1/48 scale modeller like myself to convert to 1/32 scale.

I also like the way Cutting Edge address the fact that thin resin parts are fragile and pack the kit in a ziploc bag so that the parts cannot move around against each other. The ziploc bag is then placed inside a re-sealable plastic box further protecting the parts. This type of packaging is a bonus as it ensures that the product reaches you without damage.

All in all an excellent effort by Cutting Edge and definitely recommended. I'm sure that this Cutting Edge product will find its way on to quite a few Tamiya F-4s.

Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample. 

Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from Meteor Productions Website

Review Copyright 2000 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 31 October, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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