Gloster Gladiator Resin Replacement Stabilizer and Elevator

Published: January 2nd, 2017     
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Reviewed by: 
David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models
Price: $14.00
Product / Stock #: 4687

I've always had a soft spot for the Gladiator, as in my opinion it is one of the best looking biplane aircraft ever designed. The Gladiator prototype first flew in 1934 and entered service in 1937, just a year and a half ahead of the Hawker Hurricane. The Gladiator was utilized by 18 nation's air forces during the war, and its last recorded combat operation being flown by the Finns in February of 1943 ended with a Soviet R-5 recon plane being shot down.

This resin set by Aires is not my first experience with their products. Like their other products, the resin is smooth, bubble and blemish free. What I really like is that the part includes the attachment tab for locating the stabilizer to the fuselage. As a builder, you really only need to know that the part will drop right in and a resin friendly glue will be necessary to attach the fuselage. Certainly don't forget to wash the part clean before priming and painting.

To my eye the stabilizer shape of the Aires part appears a bit smoother than the base Roden part. The other obvious difference is with the scalloped detail of the ribs. The resin part appears to have a more natural looking drape with comparison to the kit part.

I am looking forward to building my Roden Sea Gladitor, utilizing this fine aftermarket part by Aires to enhance to the look of the finished model. I would like to thank Aires Hobby Models for providing the resin for review and the IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

  • The excellent Aires resin replacement parts.
    The excellent Aires resin replacement parts.
  • Comparison of the original Roden kit part (left) to the fine Aires resin part (right).
    Comparison of the original Roden kit part (left) to the fine Aires resin part (right).
  • Another photo showing the superior drape of the fabric flight controls of the resin parts (dark), to the Roden kit parts (light).
    Another photo showing the superior drape of the fabric flight controls of the resin parts (dark), to the Roden kit parts (light).
  • This image shows how much smoother the Aires part is (left), as compared to the Roden part (right).
    This image shows how much smoother the Aires part is (left), as compared to the Roden part (right).

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