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Mig-29A Fulcrum Cockpit


Aires, 1/72 scale


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Catalogue Number and Description Aires Hobby Models 7117 - Mig 29A Fulcrum Cockpit
Price: USD$21.46 available online from Squadron
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: See text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent detail and casting; well packaged; relatively simple assembly
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Mick Evans

Aires 1/72 scale Mig-29 cockpit is available online from Squadron.com



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.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Aires for the review sample

Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by Mick Evans
Page Created 26 December, 2005
Last updated 26 December, 2005

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