Russian Launch Vehicle S-400 « Triumf » SA-21 Growler

Zvezda 1/72, Ref. 5068

The S-400 Triumf, NATO-coded SA-21 Growler, is a medium to long-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon system that entered service in Russia during 2007.  The system includes a command centre vehicle, radar-carrying vehicles that are linked to several launchers. It is the missile-launcher vehicle that Zvezda offers us here.  The Growler has been exported, so far, to China, Turkey, Belarus and India.  A number of other states, including the US (in order to by-pass some current legislation that prevent the sale of F-35 fighters to Turkey), are reported to be interested in the system..

The box contents are impressive, with no less than 283 parts for a 1/72 model that will be 18.6cm long once completed.  In it, you will find four large sprues of light grey-coloured plastic, a small sprue of clear plastic, vinyl tires, decals, chrome stickers for the mirrors and a b/w instruction sheet. 

Full colour illustrations adorn the sleeve that cover the basic but sturdy featureless cardboard box.

The decal sheet offers three options: a vehicle, green overall, that took part in the Victory Parade in Moscow in May 2017; and two others deployed to Crimea in 2019, one of which is in a two-tone green camouflage, the other being green overall with grey missile tubes.

This is an impressive kit, and a particularly impressive model if shown ‘ready for launch’. 

Review by Daniel Clamot; pictures by Daniel Clamot & Zvezda.

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