Following on the heels of its 1/35 scale M727 HAWK Tracked Guided Missile Equipment Carrier (Item No. 3583), Dragon is offering a more common configuration of the widely used American surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. This time the plastic kit features a towed M192 trailer-mounted launcher fitted with triple MIM-23 missiles. Being mounted on a single-axle trailer made the SAM system semi-mobile in terms of transportation. The medium-range HAWK is an acronym for Homing All-the-Way Killer. The US Army introduced the HAWK in 1959. The 590kg HAWK missile had a maximum range of 50km and ceiling of 20km.
Many parts are brand new. Examples include the launcher mount and the two-wheeled launcher trailer. The launcher can traverse through 360º, while the missiles can be elevated according to the modeler’s wish, just like the real thing. Everything on the M192 missile launcher is rendered accurately. Since the HAWK SAM system served in a multitude of countries over a wide period of time – including its ongoing use all over the world – this kit makes a versatile and valuable addition to Dragon’s modern range of 1/35 scale kits.