Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.
Brengun has produced a resin set of eight 1/48 scale AGM-45 Shrike missiles and two launchers for use with any 1/48 aircraft kit equipped for that ordinance. The set is packaged in a sealed-fold clear plastic card sleeve. The set includes six gray resin blocks of missile parts, along with a decal sheet and a fret of photoetch fins included.
The instructions consist of exploded view illustrations of each assembly. While not foolproof, they provide experienced modelers with the general assembly sequencing. Those new to photoetch may have trouble (as did I) without more detailed folding sequencing. Studying the instructions and planning the build sequences are key to the successful use of these parts.
Some cautionary advice: for those without basic modeling experience, use CA (“superglue”) sparingly, or epoxy glues to assemble and attach these parts to your plastic kit, as the usual plastic solvent-type glues do not react with the metal parts. Some parts will be better assembled by soldering. Handling of the assembled parts requires extreme care and patience, as they are very, very fragile. Final placement is best done with fine tweezers and sticky tip applicators. Painting of the assemblies will be necessary, so check your references, and be sure to prime with the appropriate materials that are compatible with your preferred paints.
While not suitable for novice modelers, this is an excellent detailing set that will lend increased realism to any 1/48 aircraft equipped for this ordinance for those with prior resin and photo etch experience. These sets can be purchased at the Brengun website above.
Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Brengun for the opportunity to review this item.