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F-16 Falcon Undercarriage Bays
for Hasegawa

 

Aires, 1/72 scale

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Aires Hobby Models 7130 - F-16 Undercarriage Bays
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; simple to fit
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Mick Evans


Aires 1/72 scale F-16 Undercarriage Bays is available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook

 

Beautifully moulded in pale grey resin Aires has captured in 1/72 scale all of the fine detail that they put into their 1/48 scale F-16 Falcon Undercarriage Bays set.

14 resin parts complete the set that has been specifically designed for the 1/72 scale Hasegawa F-16 family.

Assembly is very straight forward with some minor removal some of the kit plastic to allow the resin main wheel bay. Even a novice modeller could use this detail set.

On opening the kit all that I could think was wow! The detail is incredible for 1/72 scale. Comparing the 2 wheel bays with reference photographs there appears to be little detail missing. All of the intricate hydraulic pipes and electrical harness have been faithfully reproduced and would look great highlighted with a wash to capture the detail.

The kit undercarriage doors are no comparison to those supplied by Aires.

The remaining parts are the gear actuators and control arms and these surpass any detail that has ever been supplied in a kit.

The nose gear has to be simply modified to mount onto the corrected upper assembly.

Overall, Aires 1/72 scale F-16 Undercarriage Bays set is a vast improvement on the simplified, or should I say non-existent, kit detail.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Aires for the review sample


Text and Images Copyright 2005 by Mick Evans
Page Created 14 September, 2005
Last updated 14 September, 2005

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