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Heinkel He 162 Cockpit

Aires, 1/48 scale



S u m m a r y

Details: Aires #4212 - Heinkel He 162 Cockpit Set for Dragon kit
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 13 parts in cream coloured resin; 1 photo-etched fret; 1 sheet of printed acetate (instruments); illustrated instructions
Price: USD$21.46 online from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Well detailed; high quality casting; simple engineering; worthwhile donor kit; effective use of multi-media
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

Aires' 1/48 scale Heinkel He 162 cockpit set is available online from Squadron.com

F i r s t   L o o k

When Trimaster released its 1/48 scale Heinkel He 162 in the late 1980s, it led a charge toward accurate, highly detailed kits of WWII aircraft subjects.

Dragon took over the moulds of this and other Trimaster kits, so we can once again admire this very attractive example of model design. Dragon's release of the Volksjager still stands up well in comparison to today's kits. It is therefore perhaps surprising that we have not seen to many accessories for this kit over the last decade and a half.

Aires has now released a replacement cockpit for Dragon's 1/48 scale Heinkel He 162. This set comprises 13 parts in pale cream coloured resin, a photo-etched fret and instruments printed onto a small clear acetate sheet. The relatively small parts count reflects the simplicity of the real machine.

The key item is the cockpit tub, which also incorporates a nicely detailed wheel well and shrouded 30mm cannon barrels..



The small but well appointed photo-etched set covers the instrument panel, ejector seat harness and anti-chafing pads, rudder pedals and some smaller details.



Resin casting quality is very good, with no imperfections noted on my review sample. The casting attachments should not present a problem, but take care when removing the slightly chunky block on the bottom of the seat.

Aires 1/48 scale Heinkel He 162 cockpit will spruce up Dragon's Volksjager quite nicely.


Thanks to Aires for the sample

Aires accessories and conversions are available online from Aires website
and in retail model shops worldwide

Review Copyright 2004 by Brett T. Green
This Page Created on 19 October, 2004
Last updated 20 October, 2004

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