photo-etch fret is very comprehensive and the metal is soft and easy to
work with. A good point about this soft metal is that it allows you to
manipulate and drape the belts and harnesses onto the seats to make them
appear more realistic.
The casting of the resin parts is superb. All details
are crisp and sharp including the bundles of cabling secured to the
insides of the fuselage walls and the corrugations on the cockpit floor.
I could not find any miscasts or pinholes in my sample at all. Flash is
at a minimum, and will easily be removed by some deft carving with a
sharp blade and a little attention with fine grade wet and dry sandpaper
(make sure that you use it wet to keep the dust down!) Thankfully, Aires
have supplied duplicates of the smaller and more delicate pieces like
the gun barrels in case of accidents or loss.
A small instruction sheet is included. It is the standard Aires fare and
shows clear black and white exploded-view illustrations to assist you in
assembly of the parts as well the modifications needed on the kit parts.
The instruction sheet also has a 'parts map' to assist you in
identifying the tiny resin parts. What is missing though are painting
instructions. Absolutely none are included. I don't see this as a real
problem though as I would suspect that anyone who purchases this set
will have armed themselves with either the Squadron-Signal Walkaround or
the Detail and Scale book on the Dauntless.
The resin parts are packed in a zip-loc bag whilst the photo-etch fret
and acetate sheet are placed into a plastic bag containing a piece of
thick cardboard to keep them flat. Both of these are then placed in a
relatively fragile cardboard box. Why is this a consideration? Well,
should you be ordering this kit via mail there is a chance that it will
arrive damaged so you will need to impress upon whoever you order it
from that it needs to be properly packed to ensure that it is not
squashed flat in transit! I am mystified as to why Aires packs their
more complex resin sets in this manner when they go to inordinate
lengths to pack lesser kits in purpose made packaging!
Make no mistake, this is an excellent kit from Aires but you have to
wonder why they have produced it when the cockpits of the Accurate
Miniatures series of SBDs build up so well without any additions. Having
said this though; I suspect that as well the owners of the Hasegawa kit,
hard-core detailers will purchase this set to add to their Accurate
Thanks to Aires for the review sample
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