Fans of US Naval
aviation will be pleased to hear that Aires Hobby Models has recently
released a resin cockpit set for the Hasegawa F-8J Crusader in their
set is basically a straight replacement for the kit's existing cockpit
parts and comprises both resin and photo-etch parts as well as a clear
acetate film for the instrument panel. The resin parts include:
- Cockpit tub
- Canopy bulkhead
- Ejector seat
- Instrument panel
- Cockpit sides
The photo-etch parts
are mainly confined to enhancements for the ejector seat in the way of
belts but also include brackets for the gun sight as well as the
instrument panel and rudder pedals.
The resin parts are
cast in the light buff coloured resin we have become familiar with from
Aires. The casting is superb and there are no miscasts or pinholes in
my example. All details are crisp, sharp and free from warpage. Aires
seems to have refined their approach to the casting process too as there
is very little in the way of casting plug which translates to less
preparation of parts and more importantly, less dust or slurry on the
There is plenty of
detail on the resin parts. The cushions on the ejection seat –it looks
to be a Martin Baker F7 to me- exhibit texture which will stand out well
with a thin wash. The same sort of texture appears on the canvas cover
over the instrument panel shroud too.
Are the parts better
detailed than the kit parts that they are replacing? A resounding yes!
The rear bulkhead of the kit part is lacking of any detail at all whilst
the resin replacement faithfully replicates the one-to-one scale
example. The cockpit sidewalls too are far more detailed than their kit
counterparts whilst the ejector seat is a giant leap forward.
A small instruction
sheet is included. It shows an exploded view of the assembly process in
black and white line drawings as well as sage advice "Warning: Thinning
of the plastic parts and dry-fitting of the assembly needed" To be
truthful, this set is nowhere as hard to prepare as other Aires products
that I have used and the preparation was nowhere as onerous.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
A down side to the set
is that there are no painting instructions but I dare say that you will
be able to use the information provided on the Hasegawa instruction
sheet or by viewing colour photos from the net – a quick "Google" will
reveal most details.
I love the Aires
packaging and I make no excuses for repeating what I have already
written in reviews of some of their other sets. The parts sit in a
vacformed tray which in turn sits on top of the cardboard header. A
vacformed clear plastic cover is then slid over both the tray and the
header and it both traps and displays the parts and the photo-etch
sheet. Staples are then punched through the header card and the plastic
cover to fasten them together. This manner of packaging is a real boon
as, in these days of mail order hobby shops; your set has a far better
chance of arriving at your mail box intact.
This is a high quality
offering from Aires and well worth the price.
Thanks to Aires for the review sample
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