"Recce Puke" Resin
RF-4C Camera/Maintenance Bay
Aires, 1/48 scale
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||Aires Set # 4231 - RF-4B/C Camera/Maintenance Bay Set
USD$35.00 obtained from King's Hobbies, Austin TX
|Contents and Media:
||16 parts in cream coloured resin;
five parts in clear resin; photo-etched fret.
||Well detailed; well cast; accurate;
includes air conditioning equipment bays; lends character and detail to
the Hasegawa kit
Aires' 1/48 scale
RF-4B/C Camera / Maintenance Bay is available online from Squadron.com
"Bondo" Phil Brandt
This elderly recce puke's fooled around for so long in accumulating
aftermarket to do a detailed representation of his 22TRS "Vomit Comet"
bird at Mountain Home circa 1970 that he's spent enough to have bought a
big buck Collect-Aire RF...if they did one, that is!
First, the plan was to convert the original Hasegawa raised detail
F-4C using the High Flight or Paragon Conversions along with Seamless
Suckers intakes. Then out came the Hasegawa Wild Weasel with engraved
details, but requiring the removal of the wing slats and associated
fairings. The plan for this one was to use the new Black Box recce nose,
Aires wheel bays, etc. Then, naturally, Hasegawa after what, five years
or so, finally elected to do RF-4s, and all my previous schemes and
acquired recce nose conversions are instantly obsolescent. Real fine,
but at least Bondo Industries was finally ready to start, planning a
closed panels presentation to emphasize the sleekness of the recce nose.
Even that scheme was not to be because the fascinating "busy-ness"
provided by the not-inexpensive Aires camera bay set poisoned Bondo's
mind, and he laid out the long green.
Finally, the "dance" could begin.
This is a most inclusive set and, for $35, should be.
In the package are: a large, two-piece camera bay interior joined by
a separate structural former, all of which nest inside the Hasegawa nose
along with various smaller components such as camera mount structure; a
forward oblique KS-87 camera, two KS-87 side-lookers and a cream resin
KA-56 Low Pan; the KS-87s are done in clear resin; the Low Pan in
cream-colored resin. The High Station features a cream resin KA-91 High
Pan. Two resin upper camera compartment access doors with PE framing
enable viewing of this complicated assemblage, and the substitute clear
resin forward and aft lower camera access doors (the early, "sharp"
profile) hang down for film canister changeouts.
In addition to all this, Aires also chose to do the crowded air
conditioning equipment bays (below the canopies, just aft of the camera
bay) and associated removable panels with, again, PE framing.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The wealth and fineness of main bay detail is exceptionally well
molded; very realistic! The interiors of the camera doors and access
panels are all properly detailed as well.
I haven't checked fit which, frankly, for some other Aires
aftermarket products (much too deep F-4 wheel wells, for instance)
hasn't been great, but since all these panels will be open, I don't see
fit as a problem.
This set tops off what is already a superior Hasegawa release. Just
add the BB cockpit and Seamless Sucker intakes, and you, too, will be
"Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid!"
"Bondo" Phil Brandt IPMS 14091
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