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Eduard RP-3 Rockets for the Eduard Tempest Mk. V Kit
1:48 Scale

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In addition to machine guns, cannons, and bombs, many WWII-era aircraft utilized unguided rockets to attack ground targets.  Among British forces, the RP-3 (Rocket Projectile 3 inch) was a broadly fielded air-to-ground weapon on a wide variety of aircraft.

The RP-3 emerged from an air-to-ground weapons program started in 1941 and first used in combat in 1942.  Its 60-pound warhead made it an ideal munition to employ against tanks, trains, soft targets such as unarmored or lightly armored vehicles, buildings, troops, U-boats, and other surface targets.  The “3” in the RP-3 designation referred to the diameter of the steel rocket motor tube.  RP-3 warheads were screwed onto the rocket tube and could came in AP (armor piercing), HE (high explosive), and SAP/HE (semi-armor piercing/high explosive) varieties.  The rockets were mounted on rails and an electrical “pigtail" lead was plugged into the exhaust of the rocket.  When launched, the four large tailfins induced enough spin to stabilize the rocket, but approach to the target needed to be precise in terms of airspeed and a straight flight path.  In WWII, the RP-3 was devastating against ground troops and was highly effective against surfaced U-boats and other enemy ships.  In one notable episode, RAF fighters armed with RP-3s attacked German forces in the Falaise Pocket in 1944.  They inflicted some physical damage to the retreating Nazi hardware, but the rockets did far more psychological harm to German troops who found RP-3 attacks to be fairly terrifying.  The further continued use of the RP-3 into the Korean War and beyond underscore the long history and versatility of this munition.

Here, Eduard has released a set of 1:48 scale RP-3s for the Tempest Mk. V kits (see our reviews HERE) and HERE.  In this Brassin set., you get eight single-piece RP-3 rockets, eight launch rails, and 86 photoetched metal parts on one unpainted fret. There’s also a decal sheet for all the rocket markings.  

The detail on both the rockets and the rails is mostly flawless.  They look great and are strong representations of the 1:1 items.  They are FAR better than the rockets in the kit (which themselves are nicely done).  In other words, these parts are pretty sublime and elevate the level of fine detail.  The photoetched metal parts are also quite well done and really nicely represent the mounting latches and electrical ignition leads.

In my sample, a few of the RP-3 rocket tube bodies were just a little bit warped.  This is not unexpected with such fine and thin resin parts.  They can be pretty hard to cast. However, before we start talking about breaking out a hairdryer or reshaping them in hot water:  the shape deviations here are very minor and these resin rocket bodies possess very low tensile strength.  Just gluing them to their pylons should, quite literally, set them straight.

Overall, this set is excellent and will add a lot of fine detail to your Eduard Tempest if you choose to arm it to the teeth with these ground-attack rockets. 

We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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