The innovative Black Label series from Dragon features a stunning new
1/35 scale kit of the THAAD missile launcher, a centerpiece of the THAAD system. THAAD targets short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase. Relying on kinetic energy, the 900kg THAAD interceptor uses a hit-to-kill approach rather than an explosive-filled warhead. The M1120 emanates from the well-known HEMTT truck series built by the Oshkosh Corporation. The 8x8 launcher, powered by a 450hp Detroit Diesel 8V92TA engine, boasts eight missiles.
Never before has this THAAD launcher been available as a plastic kit in 1/35 scale, so this is clearly an ambitious addition to Black Label’s range. Given the topical nature of the THAAD missile defense system, as well as the extreme quality of this new item, this will be an extremely hot kit. The missile canisters and launcher mechanism mounted are finely detailed. An ability to elevate and rotate the launcher allows modelers to pose the vehicle exactly as they wish. Indeed, the outriggers can also be deployed for a launch vignette. Furthermore, the eight tubular missile canisters are made of metal for maximum realism. This is a simply stunning subject in Dragon’s popular Black Label series, and sales of this impressive-looking kit are expected to simply go ballistic!