SA-2 Guideline Missile on Launcher 1:35 Scale Trumpeter Model Kit #00206 Review

2015 February 17
by Doug


Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20150217*
SA-2 Guideline Missile on Launcher 1:35 Scale Trumpeter Model Kit #00206 Review

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The Russian built SA-2 Surface-to-Air missile had a solid fuel booster rocket that launched and accelerated it, then dropped off after about six seconds. While in boost stage, the missile did not guide. During the second stage, the SA-2 guided, and a liquid-fuel rocket propelled it to the target.  One of those targets was the famous U-2 plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers that was shot down over Russia in 1960. The reusable SA-2 launcher rotated 360 degrees and typically raised the missile between 30 and 60 degrees for launch. Removable wheels allowed the launcher to be moved quickly. In fact, North Vietnamese SAM crews could pack up and move a site in about four hours.

For the Modeler: This review covers the Trumpeter Kit #00206 modeled in 1/35 scale. This kit was originally released in 2003 and has had a couple re-issues with new parts; as in this release. You can find this kit in your local hobby shop or online.  It is a 000b Skill Level 2 kit for the intermediate builder.  This kit contains 158 pieces molded in light gray and olive green plastic. This kit is pretty easy to find at online hobby stores and in some full line shops too.  It also features a highly detailed missile and launcher base with control panels.  This model features a rotating base and illustrated instructions with waterslide decals depicting markings for Soviet/North Vietnamese and Egyptian forces.  Overall assembled size is: Width: 5½”, Height: 3½”.

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; clarifying the instructions; clamping methods; using Alclad products for realistic finishes; using floor polish as a sealer; restoring a flat finish for authenticity; launcher assembly; where “not” to use glue;  expanded subject specifications; decal preparation and application; how to use decal setting solutions; are all fully examined in this extensive 22 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.


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