Aires continues its prolific release schedule with a number of recent
offerings across the scales.
All the sets are perfectly cast in grey resin. Each set has been designed with a minimum of
Aires 7173 -
AV-8B Harrier II Cockpit
Aires 7175 - F-16N Aggressor Cockpit
Aires has produced cockpits for two of Hasegawa's jets -
their AV-8B Harrier and F-16N Aggressor.
Both sets include amazing detail for this small scale.
Parts breakdown is very similar for both sets, with a cockpit tub
featuring a large amount of detail cast in place, including switches and
seat rails, separate upper sidewalls, instrument coaming with an
integrated base for the instrument panel, ejection seat and some smaller
resin parts. The resin is supplemented with a small photo etched fret
which provides, amongst other things, separate harness straps.
These two cockpit sets will add a wealth of detail to
your Hasegawa Harrier and F-16 kits, and the relatively simple parts
breakdown will also be a relief!
Aires 4301 -
P-40B Cockpit for Trumpeter
Aires has produced a replacement cockpit for Trumpeter's
1/48 scale P-40B. Trumpeter duplicated a number of errors from their
1/32 scale kit when they released their 1/48 scale offering, including
the very shallow cockpit.
Aires new cockpit is a total replacement and provides
sidewalls and rear bulkhead of the correct depth in addition to the
floor, seat, instrument panel and photo-etched details.
This will be a welcome correction and detail boost for
Aires 4352 -
Ta 183A Wheel Bay (Jumo 004)
This simple, one-piece replacement for AMtech's Ta 183
(also re-released by Tamiya) main wheel bay is bristling with detail on
the lower half of the Jumo 004 jet engine exposed inside. The resin part
is cast with nice deep locating holes for the gear legs, so the assembly
sequence should be simple and essentially the same as the kit
Aires' Ta 183 wheel bay should look fantastic with
careful painting and weathering treatment.
Aires 2052 -
MB Mk. H7 Ejection Sears (USN F-4)
These beautifully detailed replicas, designed for
Tamiya's 1/32 scale Navy Phantoms, are contained in the familiar blister
pack. Two identical seats are supplied, each with authentic fabric
texture on the seat cushions. A photo-etched set contains harness
straps, buckles and other smaller details.
The seats are pictured at the top of the page.
Thanks to Aires for the review sample
Text and Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 11 July, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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