Beautifully moulded in pale yellow resin, Aires has captured all of the
fine detail of the modern Mig 29 cockpit in 1/72 scale.
11 resin parts go together to complete the set that has been
specifically designed for the 1/72 scale Italeri and Bilek kits. Also
included is a metal fret containing 27 etched metal parts and a
photographic film with the instrument panel backing.
Assembly will be straightforward with some minor modification required
of the kit plastic to allow the new cockpit to fit. Even a modeller with
little modelling skill could use this detail set. The detail is
incredible for 1/72 scale and having seen the Italeri kit it is a vast
improvement. The lower part of the main instrument panel is etched metal
and requires the film reproduction to be carefully aligned and glued to
the rear. Once fixed the back of the film can be painted white to make
the instrument dials come to life. The HUD will take some careful
bending to get the shape correct before attempting to fit the 2 glass
panes represented by photographic film. The remaining parts are the
ejection seats and these surpass any detail that has ever been supplied
in an aftermarket kit in 1/72 scale that I have reviewed. The etched
metal fret contains all of the seat harness and ejection seat handles
required to complete the detail for the seats. There are 11 parts that
go to make up the ejection seat alone. Last of all 8 parts go into
improving the detail on the canopy frame.
Comparing the cockpit with reference photographs in some of the books
that I have on the Mig 29 there appears to be little detail missing. All
of the intricate switches, console panels and instrument panels have
been faithfully reproduced and would look great highlighted with a wash
to capture the detail.
Aires’ MiG 29A Fulcrum cockpit represents a vast improvement over the
simplified kit detail.
Thanks to Aires for the review sample
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Last updated 26 December, 2005
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