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F-15C Eagle (Early)
Cockpit Set for Tamiya

 

Aires, 1/32 scale

 

S u m m a r y

Details: Aires #2060 - F-15C Eagle (Early) Cockpit Set for Tamiya
Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: 12 resin parts, photo-etched fret 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
Disadvantages: Some modelling skills will be required for thinning and fitting
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green


Aires' 1/32 scale F-15C (Early) Cockpit will available online from Squadron.com
 

F i r s t   L o o k

 

Tamiya's 1/32 scale F-15C Eagle is a large and impressive kit. With that big open canopy, every element of the cockpit will be on display. Aires new 1/32 scale F-15C early version cockpit will therefore be a valuable asset for this kit.

 

 

Aires' 1/32 scale F-15C cockpit set is a full replacement for the Tamiya kit parts comprising twelve parts in grey resin, a photo-etched fret, and printed acetate instruments.

The tub is the unquestionable highlight of this set. A remarkable amount of crisp detail is cast in place, including the side consoles, the quilted rear bulkhead and three sides of an intricately detailed "hell hole" behind the pilot's front office. This area is packed with deep deeply rendered detail. The remaining side of the hell hole is provided as a separate part, as is the instrument coaming (integrated as a mount for the photo-etched instrument panel and the seat with its realistic cushions.

 

 

The harness straps, HUD, mirrors and instrument panel are all supplied as photo-etched parts. The set is completed with printed acetate instruments.

 

 

Casting is flawless, and very impressive considering the level of detail delivered in only twelve resin parts.

 

 

Conclusion

 

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 set for Tamiya's 1/32 scale F-15C.

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 this prominent area of Tamiya's 1/32 scale F-15C kit.

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 12 July, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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