In the mid-1960s, the United States Navy began preliminary studies towards the development of a missile that could be used against surfaced submarines. Since the naval
slang for submarines is “whales”, the project was given the name Harpoon. On October 21, 1967, the Israeli destroyer
Eilat (ex-HMS Zealous) was sunk by three Soviet-
made Styx missiles launched by Egyptian
Komar-class missile boats. This incident shocked senior United States Navy officers, who until then had not been conscious of
the threat posed by anti-ship missiles. In response to this new threat, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, the Chief of Naval Operations, accelerated the development of the Harpoon
anti-ship missile system.

The shipborne Harpoon, RGM-84, is fitted with a solid-fuel rocket booster that detaches when expended to allow the missile's main turbojet to maintain flight. The
missiles are stored in ceramic armored canister launchers and four of these are fitted on the Mk. 141 launcher. The missiles were stored and fired from the canisters at a
fixed angle. While the Harpoon and its Mk. 141 launcher was developed for use on US Navy warships, such as the
Ticonderoga class cruiser, as their principal anti-ship
weapon system, it is used by many allied navies around the world.
Infini Model has produced a 1:350 scale Mk. 141 Harpoon launcher set which is comprised of turned brass parts for the canisters and photo-etch parts to build
launcher bases and racks. Infini Model includes these launchers in their larger detail set for the Gulf War
Missouri kit. As a result, you get parts to assemble four
installations, which is how many were fitted on the battleship. By offering these as a separate set, it gives the modeler the opportunity to upgrade two smaller ship
where these were fitted in pairs.

The turned brass canisters are superb and require no cleanup at all. You also get two photo-etch frets that each contain the parts needed to build two Mk. 141
launchers. The launcher is broken down into the base and fixed angle rack. The photo-etch parts are finely done, with relief etching, and will let you build some very
detailed launchers. Part numbers are etched into the fret for clear identification when referred to in the assembly guide. Most of the parts are the brackets that fit around
the canisters and hold them in place on the angled rack.

A full-color assembly guide provided, which in addition to the Harpoon sets, also covers Infini’s Tomahawk missile launcher sets (which are also part of their modern
Missouri set). The top section of the first side focuses on the Harpoon set and it covers the step-by-step assembly of the launchers with clear photographs showing the
steps from different angles. Photo-etch parts are referenced by their corresponding parts number on the brass frets.
This upgrade set from Infini Model is superb and will go a long way in upgrading any 1:350 scale ship model that is fitted with Harpoon missiles. I would like to thank
Infini Model for the review sample.
Felix Bustelo
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