F-15E Elevators

Published: October 23rd, 2011     
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Reviewed by: Chad Richmond - IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost
Price: $11.50
Product / Stock #: 48293
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

Aires Stabilators are made for any of the Academy 1/48th scale F-15E kits. They are a one-for-one replacement for Academy kits, but can also be used on Revell kits. They are perfectly cast in a light tan resin, and require no cleanup, except on the mounting stubs, which are also cast slightly larger than the hole on the fuselage. There are very few differences between the kit parts and the Aires parts, except for panel lines and shapes. Two horizontal panel lines that are present on the kit stabilators are missing on the Aires castings, one of which should be present, by all drawings and pictures I have looked at. In looking at my references and walk around photos, the shape of the stiffener at the root of the stabilator is incorrect, and should just be a rivet pattern, not a separate panel. I cannot find any reference photos that show it to be a raised panel, as it is cast. But, the quality of the casting, the shape and the dimensions are great. This is one of those cases where you have to make up your mind if you have a terminal case of AMS and can't accept anything except the absolutely perfect, or use a very nicely made pair of stabilators for your F-15E.

I'd like to thank Aires and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

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