TERRIER, U.S. Navy Surface to Air Missile, 1956
The TERRIER missile was a supersonic beam riding anti-aircraft missile with a 10 mile range. It was launched by a solid fuel booster (blue section) and propelled by a solid fuel sustainer rocket (yellow section). The Terrier was 15' in length without it's booster and weighed 1 1/2 tons. The missiles were developed in the late 1940's and were fielded on the guided missile cruisers PROVIDENCE and CANBERRA. Equipped with either a conventional warhead or a nuclear payload, the missile was constantly upgraded. In the early 1960's the missile was replaced with the RIM-67 missile as the primary anti-aircraft weapon in the US Navy fleet.
I built a Revell model Terrier as a kid that was part of my large rocket and missile collection (which was replaced by a large model car collection). Revell only produced this kit for one year and dropped it from it's inventory along with all the other poor selling missiles (no "play value" for kids, like tanks and jet airplanes). In the 1990's Revell began a SSP (selected subject program) and released a number of the old missile and rocket kits (I bought them all!) but the Terrier was not one of them. I did locate a paper model of the missile (the same scale as the Revell kit) and used it as a pattern. Using plastic sheets and odds and ends from the scrap box, I put together a resonable version of the Revell kit for my "new" collection of "old" Revell missile kits. Now that my model is complete, Revell will probably re-release the kit!
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