Takom- DF-17 Hypersonic Ballistic Missile
Well, this is a first where the history is basically current news as opposed to in-depth analysis and developmental and service histories. There is no information on the box or instruction manual as we have grown used to from Takom, so I had to delve into online resources. The Dongfeng-17 ('East Wind-17') is a Chinese medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) that mounts a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV). It is 11 meters in length and has a range of between 1,800-2,500 km depending on the glide angle. It mounts either conventional or nuclear warheads and is highly maneuverable and swift, reaching speeds between Mach 5- Mach 10 after separating from the missile, making counter measures against it very challenging. It was officially unveiled at the National Day military parade in 2019.
This one will be a quick one-- we have a one page, one-sided instruction sheet with just two decals and just two steps for the two sprues.
Sprue A contains the parts for the main body of the HGV and fins for the missile.
Sprue B consists of parts for the missile and rear end of the HGV.
Instruction sheet and decals
That's pretty much it! Ought to be pretty straightforward. The only challenge I foresee is the very long seam between the two halves of the missile body. Once that is sorted, the color scheme is pretty basic paint job- the missile body and most of the HGV looks to be 20% Satin Black/70% Protective MC/10% Blue and the warhead tip is Satin White. This will be the second of two builds I am doing of ranged weapons, with the new Takom V-1 rocket kit being the first. Should be interesting to see the difference in design between German WWII technology and modern Chinese technology.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders, pending Full Build.
Thanks goes out to Takom for this review kit.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves
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