L-29 Delfin – Control Surfaces

Published: February 11th, 2017     
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Reviewed by: 
Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models
Price: $13.99
Product / Stock #: #: AHM-7347

The L-29 Delfin was a jet-powered trainer airplane that was designed by the Aero Company of Czechoslovakia. An excellent kit of the Delfin has recently been released in 1/72 scale by AMK. Although this kit, in my opinion, is very good, our friends at Aires/Quickboost have found some areas where the accuracy of various parts can be improved.

This set from Aires provides replacements for the kit elevator, rudder, and flaps. The four flap parts provide additional surface detail but mainly provide very sharp trailing edges. The flap parts also have some added detail molded into the sides of the flap parts. These parts must be carefully removed from their molding sprues because of their fine mounting struts.

The new elevator offers a slight improvement over the kit part. Surface detail is about the same but the Aires part has finer elevator tip counterbalances and of course, the trailing edges are sharp.

Finally, the rudder is a big improvement over the kit part. The kit rudder consists of two halves which makes for a much thicker trailing edge. The Aires part is much more realistic with a sharp trailing edge.

Although the AMK kit of the Delfin is a good kit, this set of control surfaces will really improve the final appearance of the model. This set should be available from any dealer who sells the Aires/Quickboost line. Well recommended. A big thank you to Aires for providing this interesting set and to IPMS for letting me have this review.

  • Aires flap (right) compared to kit part
    Aires flap (right) compared to kit part
  • L-29 Surfaces kit contents
    L-29 Surfaces kit contents
  • Aires rudder (left) compared to kit part
    Aires rudder (left) compared to kit part