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Aires
1/72 Scale Accessory Roundup
 

April 2007

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number, Description, Scale & Price 7143 - Bf 109 G-10 Cockpit
7163 - F-14A Tomcat Cockpit
7164 - Rolls-Royce Nene Engine
7165 - JAS-39C Gripen Exhaust Nozzle (closed)
7166 - JAS-39C Gripen Exhaust Nozzle (open)
7167 - F-16D Fighting Falcon Cockpit
7169 - GRU-7A Ejection Seats
7170 - F-15C/D Exhaust Nozzles (Late Version)

all available from specialist hobby retailers worldwide

Contents and Media: See description and images below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent casting; accurate; improved detail compared to kit parts
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: All Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook


Airs continues its prolific release schedule with a number of recent releases in 1/72 scales.

All the sets are perfectly cast in grey resin, with minimal cleanup required. Each set has been designed with a minimum of parts, and should be straightforward to assemble:

7143 - Bf 109 G-10 Cockpit

 

 

Aires once again turns its attention to Revell's inexpensive1/72 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10 with this new small-scale cockpit set. The ten grey resin parts comprise a new cockpit tub with late-style seat cast in place, sidewalls gunsight, control column, two styles of breech cover and a few small details. A clear resin part is also supplied for the Galland Panzer pilot's head armour.. The set is further enhanced with a small photo-etched fret supplying harness, instrument panel and many other tiny details. A printed acetate sheet of instruments rounds out this small but perfectly formed detail set.

 

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7163 - F-14A Tomcat Cockpit

 

 

This is a beautifully detailed replacement for Hasegawa's 1/72 scale F-14A Tomcat kit. Exquisite detail is replicated using only around 14 resin parts thanks to clever casting of detail onto the main parts. These are supplemented with a small photo-etched sheet containing the instrument panels, harness straps and some smaller details.


7164 - Rolls-Royce Nene Engine
 

 

21 resin pieces and a photo-etched fret make up this well-detailed pioneering powerplant that will be suitable for display next to or, for the truly brave modeller, inside a selection of early jet aircraft.

 


7167 - F-16D Fighting Falcon Cockpit

 

 

This is a beautifully detailed replacement for Hasegawa's 1/72 scale F-16D kit. Exquisite detail is replicated using only around 13 resin parts thanks to clever casting of detail onto the main parts. These are supplemented with a small photo-etched sheet containing the instrument panels, harness straps and some smaller details.


7169 - GRU-7A Ejection Seats

 

 

For modellers who do not want to go to the trouble of fitting an entire cockpit, Aires offers the option of a pair of HRU-7A Ejection Seats. These are the same as supplied in the full cockpit set reviewed above, but they will presumably also fit the Fujimi F-14A kit too.

Detail really is fantastic. You'd be hard pressed from these photos, many times the size of the actual parts, to pick the parts as 1/72 scale.


7170 - F-15C/D Exhaust Nozzles (Late Version)

 

 

Super detailed resin and photo-etched replacement exhaust nozzles for Hasegawa's 1/72 scale F-15C/D kits.


7165 - JAS-39C Gripen Exhaust Nozzle (closed)
7166 - JAS-39C Gripen Exhaust Nozzle (open)

These simple yet beautifully detailed set each comprise four resin parts and one small photo-etched fret to depict a closed or open jet nozzle for the JAS-39C Gripen.

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All Recommended.

Thanks to Aires for the review sample


Text and Images Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 20 April, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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