Seafire and Spitfire
Detail Sets for Airfix
FR.46/47 & F.22/24
Aires, 1/48 scale
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||Aires #4338 - Seafire FR.46/47
Detail Set for Airfix Kit
Aires #4331 - Spitfire Mk.22 Cockpit Set -
Aires #4334 - Spitfire Mk.24 Cockpit Set -
available online from Hannants and hobby retailers worldwide
|Contents and Media:
||See images and descriptions below
||Supreme detail; high quality casting;
simple parts breakdown; worthwhile donor kit; effective use of multi-media
||Modelling skills will be
required for thinning and fitting
by Brett Green
Aires' 1/48 scale Seafire 47 Detail Set will available online from
Aires has released a very comprehensive detail set for the Airfix
1/48 scale Seafire Mk.46/47 kit. These parts appear to the produced from
the same masters as Aires used for the Grand Phoenix "Ultimate Seafire"
kit from 2004.
Casting was pretty good in that kit, but it seems even crisper this
The boxed set includes the following components:
The engine is the jewel in the crown of this package.
Detail is gorgeous, yet the number of parts has been kept to a minimum.
For example, the engine block is cast with the cylinder heads, crankcase
and numerous other details already in place, simplifying construction
In addition to the engine itself, the kit supplies
engine mounts, firewall and replacement engine cowls. The cylinder head
bulges on the resin top cowl are a noticeable improvement in shape and
location compared to the kit parts.
The nose of the kit fuselage will need to be carefully
cut off to accommodate the new engine. The cuts are all along panel
lines, which should ease the task.
The cockpit builds up into a self-contained unit, with a
fuselage floor that includes structural detail, rear bulkhead, pilot's
armour plate, a nicely detailed seat correctly suspended over the
control rods, new sidewalls, control column with separate yoke,
instrument panel, gunsight and forward bulkhead.
The port sidewall features an open space for the pilot's
entry door. You'll certainly want to leave this open to display all that
lovely cockpit detail.
The raised detail moulded to the interior of the kit fuselage will have
to be removed before the resin cockpit can be installed.
The seat is further enhanced with a photo-etched
harness, while the instrument panel comprises a printed acetate sheet to
be glued between a resin base and a photo-etched panel. Small
photo-etched parts will also be added to the sidewalls.
Assembly of the wingfolds are simple in the extreme. One
resin part is inserted in both mating sections of each wing - four parts
in total. That's it.
The Seafire 47 was the only aircraft in the family to
feature powered wingfolds. I checked several reference and could not
find any evidence of the wings folded with ordnance in place on Seafires
of any Mark, so you should probably ignore the instructions and leave
the rockets off if you plan to fold the wings.
4331 Spitfire Mk.22 Cockpit &
4334 Spitfire Mk.24 Cockpit
These two sets are also available separately. They
include the resin parts pictured in the Seafire cockpit above, plus
unique photo-etched parts. Variations between the cockpit are minor, and
seem mainly to relate to the position and/or presence of instruments on
The quality of these sets is every bit as nice as the
components of the Seafire set.
It is almost inevitable that plenty of planning, thinning and
test-fitting will be required to fit these parts, but if you are
prepared to spend the extra time on these essential tasks the process
will be more rewarding and the final result will be tidier. In common
with any major resin accessories, some previous experience will be
Aires 1/48 scale Seafrire 47 set will transform your Airfix kit into
a superdetailed masterpiece, and will also correct a number of errors
present in the plastic parts.
Highly Recommended to experienced modellers.
Thanks to Aires for the sample
accessories and conversions are available
online from Aires website
and in retail model shops worldwide
Review Copyright © 2007 by
Brett T. Green
This Page Created on 08 July, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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