Company: Aires Hobby Models
Kitty Hawk’s 1/48 scale Jas-39 Gripen is a detailed, well-executed kit. It does require skill to assemble, and many of the details are simplified for various reasons. This is where Aires Hobby Models has stepped in to provide some added detail.
In this case, Aires has created a very nice resin replacement cockpit. Opening the package reveals fine details that would take endless patience and hours of skillful work to deliver. The cockpit set provides sidewalls, a control column, a full lower cockpit tub, the forward instrument-panel coaming, and a world-class ejection seat. Etched details are provided for the seat harness, a few extra cockpit details, and an instrument panel.
With practice and a steady hand, this cockpit will look fantastic in the finished model and will raise the kit’s overall look from good to great.
Thanks to Aires for providing this set for review. Your continued support is more than valued, and we appreciate it. Thanks once again to the IPMS/USA leadership for allowing me to review such a cool accessory!