This latest reissue kit dates from 1985, a time when, although the Cold War was approaching its end, the USA and USSR still had vast stockpiles of missiles. Reflecting this, the kit features nine missiles from the USA and 11 from the USSR.
This is the third missile set Monogram has made over the years. The first, the US Missile Arsenal, was issued as long ago as 1958. This was modified as the US Space Missiles set in 1969, itself reissued in Monogram’s Heritage Edition in 1983. Both sets were in the larger, though non-standard, 1:128 scale.
For the record, most of the Soviet missiles are surface-to-surface types, so have the logical ‘SS’ designation. The SS-N-X series are sea-launched equivalents, while the AS-6 Kingfish is air-to-surface.
The SS-4 Sandal has the Soviet R-12 title, and was a development from the SS-3 Shyster, a missile not that far removed from the German V-2 rocket, of which both the Soviets and Americans got large numbers as spoils of war, after the defeat of Germany in 1945.
The SS-13 Savage (Soviet RT-2) is comparable to the US Minuteman, though with an open-truss inter-stage section, an arrangement also seen in the Vostok/Soyuz A-type space launcher.
A particularly interesting 1:144 scale Monogram reissue - the Cold War is now history, and the missiles are part of that. The assembled model looks extremely impressive on the display shelf, and while we could ask for more detail, the nuclear aggression represented here makes for fascinating viewing.