The resin parts are a
mixture of the light cream coloured resin that we a used to seeing from
Aires as well as light grey coloured resin which looks the same as the
resin used by Cutting Edge. The casting of the resin parts is well up
to the very high standards that we are used to seeing from Aires.
Whilst the details are crisp and sharp on all of the resin parts, the
casting on the barrels is worthy of extra mention. The cooling holes
are all there and of even depth. The guns are cast with hollow ends to
simulate the barrel; again, all are of even depth and thickness.
The metal of the
photo-etch fret is soft, making the pieces easy to work and to remove
from the fret. This is important as you can cut the parts straight from
the fret with a sharp pair of scissors and not leave a burr that is
almost impossible to remove without damaging the part itself.
A small instruction
sheet is included. It is simple, and shows clear black and white
exploded-view illustrations to assist you in assembly of the parts. The
sheet also has a 'parts map' to assist you in identifying each part.
What it lacks though are painting instructions - none are included at
The kit comes packed in
the standard small kit packaging used by Aires and it very well packed
indeed! The resin parts sit in a vac formed tray which in turn sits on
top of a thick cardboard header onto which the photo etch fret and
instructions are also placed. A further vac formed clear plastic cover
is then slid over both the tray and the header and it both traps and
displays the resin and photo-etch parts. Staples are then punched
through the header card and the plastic cover to fasten them together.
Great packaging indeed and it will ensure that the kit arrives in your
hand with all the parts intact.
One thing that does
puzzle me though is why Aires has produced the kit with four guns to a
set as opposed to six. Most of the models that these will be placed
into carried six guns, three to a wing which means that you will have to
buy two of these kits if you plan on opening both gun bays. However, if
you only plan on opening one gun bay, and providing the length of the
barrel in the aircraft you are modelling requires a short barrel
(remember that the barrels are all different) you will have a spare
breech to add to the parts bin.
A downside? Yes, the
price. Squadron lists this kit at USD$21.46 which is not cheap by any
stretch of the imagination!
Thanks to Aires for the review sample
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