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F-15E Strike Eagle
Exhaust Nozzles

 

Aires, 1/72 scale

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Aires Hobby Models 7113 - F-15E Exhaust Nozzle
Price: USD$21.96 from Squadron
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: See text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent detail and casting; well packaged; scale length afterburner
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Mick Evans


Aires 1/72 scale F-15E Exhaust Nozzles are available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook

 

Beautifully moulded in the usual pale yellow resin, Aires has captured all of the fine detail of the F-15 Eagle's intricate exhaust nozzles.

The detail from the turbine through to the flaps of the exhaust nozzle aperture has been faithfully reproduced. The exhaust flaps are so thin they are almost transparent and will need to be handled carefully during removal from the moulding block. The cooling liner area within the afterburner does not have much detail as this is coated with a grey/white ceramic coating to protect the metal, and the length of the afterburner looks to be to scale.

Two nicely etched metal flame holders are included to be inserted just after the turbine and will add to the exceptional detail already provided.

When the outer cover flaps were removed from the F-15 in the mid 1980s it exposed all of the intricate workings of the exhaust nozzles including the pushrods and bell crank assemblies. The bell cranks have been finely cast into the exhaust nozzle while the pushrods have been cast separately. The pushrods are very fragile and will need some care in removal from the casting block.

Assembly is straight forward, but moderate modelling skills will be required to use this detail set.

Even though the title is for the F-15E, I am certain this set could be used on the F-15C kits as well.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Aires for the review sample


Text and Images Copyright 2005 by Mick Evans
Page Created 28 June, 2005
Last updated 29 June, 2005

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