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Estes Python 4--Actual Missile?

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MetMan

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I didn't realize that the new Estes Python 4 kit is apparently based on an actual missile built by Israel's Rafael Armament Development Authority.

http://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/missile/row/python4.htm

Obviously the forward fins are much smaller on the model for stability. Not sure how close to scale the rear fins are.

FWIW...

MetMan
 

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Yes, the new Israeli missile is yet another incarnation of the old U.S. Sidewinder air-to-air missile invented at China Lake. The 'winder has also been copied by the Russians, the Chinese, the Taiwanese, several countries in Africa . . . the list goes on. The external configuration may change a bit, but the components and the operation remain about the same.
 
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