Matra R-530 Missile w/LM 14 Pylon
PJ Production is a Belgian firm that specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at modelers of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. Their lines include fine and accurately detailed cast resin replacement and supplemental parts for model kits in the most commonly produced scales.
PJ Productions has produced a resin Matra 530 missile for use with aircraft armed with such types. An out-of-box evaluation (see photos) indicates a reproduction of the French missile that provides a realistic scale-detailed assembly with the appropriate LM 14 pylon. The panel detailing is extremely fine, with fins cast separately.
Assembly is straight forward. Use your favorite razor saw to remove the parts from the casting blocks, clean up the saw cuts, and provide a little clean-up with a few quick swipes of fine sandpaper or a sanding stick. My sample had some tiny air bubbles in the surface, most of which disappeared under a coat of Tamiya surface/primer. Painting of the missile will be necessary, so check your references, and be sure to prime with the appropriate materials that are compatible with your preferred paints.
Some cautionary advice: for those without basic modeling experience, use very thin CA (Superglue) sparingly, to assemble and attach these resin parts to your plastic kit, as the usual plastic glues do not react well with the cured resins. Also, the fin castings are extremely thin and fragile, so use care in handling the completed assembly while painting and attaching to your model. I damaged one the large fins on more than one occasion when handling the missile.
In conclusion, this is an excellent set that will lend increased realism to your 1/48 Heller or other Mirage III kit that does not offer a stores option.
Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and PJ Productions for the opportunity to review this item.