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RA-5C Vigilante
Exhaust Nozzles (late)


Aires, 1/72 scale


S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Aires Hobby Models 7145 - RA-5C Vigilante Exhaust Nozzles
Price: Around 7.00
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: See text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent detail and casting; well packaged; scale length afterburner
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Mick Evans

Aires 1/72 scale RA-5C Exhaust Nozzles will be available online from Squadron.com



Beautifully moulded in the usual pale grey resin, Aires have captured all of the fine detail of the RA-5C Vigilante Exhaust nozzles in these castings.

This set has been specifically designed for the new Trumpeter kit. The detail from the turbine through to the flaps of the exhaust nozzle aperture has been faithfully reproduced capturing the inner hot flaps, the outer cold flaps and the actuators that make up the nozzle. The exhaust flaps are very thin and will need to be handled carefully during removal from the moulding block. The cooling liner (corrugated area within the afterburner has been captured nicely in the moulding 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. I thought that Aires might be starting to supply a common after burner moulding in their kits but a comparison with two different kits (RA-5C, F4E) shows that while the internal detail is similar the lengths and diameters are different for each aircraft type.

Assembly should be straightforward, but moderate modelling skills will be required to use this detail set as there is some thinning of the plastic required for these exhausts to drop in.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Aires for the review sample

Text and Images Copyright 2006 by Mick Evans
Page Created 17 January, 2006
Last updated 17 January, 2006

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