Aires don't say what kit they have based the set on. I have compared the
resin parts to that of the Hasegawa kit though and look to be drop-fit
Are the Aires parts better than those supplied in the Hasegawa kit? Yes
they are. Whilst the Hasegawa ones are very nice, the Aires ones exhibit
far more depth to the detail.
Assembly instructions are by way of black and white exploded view
drawings on a small instruction sheet that also carries a "parts map" to
help you identify the pieces. No painting instructions are provided
apart from a colour photograph of the kit's parts on the box top.
Packaging is by way of the resin parts being placed in a plastic zip-loc
bag which is then wrapped in a small square of bubble wrap. The bubble
wrapped package is then placed into a flimsy cardboard box. The
photo-etch fret is placed into a plastic bag that also contains a piece
of stiff cardboard to prevent the fret from bending.
Do you need this set? It's your choice of course but for my money, yes.
The detail of the resin parts is superior to that of the Hasegawa kit
and for that reason, it is recommended.
Sadly, the F-14 is being replaced and is all but gone.
When it was in its heyday I was fortunate enough to go aboard carriers
of the Pacific Fleet when they visited us here in Perth and photograph
I have included a couple of shots with this review that
gives you an idea of what the back end of a VF-213 Black Lions –A Tomcat
Thanks to Aires for the review sample
Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by Rodger Kelly
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Last updated 27 September, 2005
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