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F-105D Thunderchief
Cockpit Set for Trumpeter


Aires, 1/32 scale


S u m m a r y

Details: Aires #2045 - F-105D Thunderchief Cockpit Set
Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: 20 resin parts, photo-etched and printed acetate (instruments)
Price: From 14.21 available online from Hannants and hobby retailers worldwide
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent detail; high quality casting; simple parts breakdown; worthwhile donor kit; effective use of multi-media
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

Aires' 1/32 scale F-105D Cockpit will available online from Squadron.com

F i r s t   L o o k

Trumpeter's new 1/32 scale F-105D Thunderchief is a big kit that will benefit from a little additional detail in several areas.

Aires' 1/32 scale F-105D cockpit set is a full replacement for the Trumpeter kit's front office.

The focus of this set is a very impressive cockpit tub that is brimming with realistic textures and intricate detail cast into place.



The remaining resin parts include the seat, instrument coaming (a super piece of mastering and casting in its own right), cockpit sidewalls, control column and some smaller details.

The retracted harness and instrument panel are supplied as photo-etched parts. The set is completed with printed acetate instruments.



The parts in both sets are presented in grey coloured resin. Casting is flawless, and quite remarkable considering the level of detail delivered in only 20 parts.





I have noticed that, in Aires' latest generation of releases, detail is crisper than ever before, casting blocks are generally less imposing and parts breakdown is simpler (fewer parts with no compromise in detail). These benefits are all apparent in this new accessory sets for Trumpeter's 1/32 scale F-105D Thunderchief.

It is almost inevitable that plenty of planning, thinning and test-fitting will be required to fit this cockpit, 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 helpful.

Aires 1/32 scale cockpit will add significant detail to Trumpeter's F-105D kit, and will be very obvious through the large open canopy.

Highly Recommended to experienced modellers.

Thanks to Aires for the sample

Aires 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 February, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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