F-16I Wheel Well

Published: April 24th, 2011     
Box Art
Box Art
Reviewed by: 
Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/35
Company: Aires Hobby Models
Price: $42.50
Product / Stock #: 2129

The Academy 1/32ndscale F-16I Sufa is a very nicely done kit, with lots of detail and lots of extra bits and pieces. But, Aires isn't satisfied with good detail, they want great detail. And, that's what they have done with this wheel well detail set. There are four resin cast pieces to the set, along with four pieces of copper wire to use for various hoses that would be virtually impossible to cast. Although, I'm sure they tried to figure out a way to do it. The main wheel well has so much detail molded in the one piece of resin, that I am still scratching my head on how they made the mold, with all of the undercuts that are present in the casting. What Academy takes seven separate molded parts to do, Aires has done in one. All of the hydraulic lines are there, as are the pumps, wires and junction boxes. There is a casting plug on it that's a big as the gear well itself that has to be removed, but that's it. A minor amount of work with the razor saw, and everything is ready to go. The detail of the nose gear well is done equally well; requiring the removal of the kit cast nose gear well from the bottom of the inlet half. There are no pin holes that have to be dealt with, either.

This is a great addition to a superior kit and I can highly recommend it for an exceptional 1/32ndSufa. My sincere thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

  • Kit parts (Lt) vs. Aires parts (Rt)
    Kit parts (Lt) vs. Aires parts (Rt)
  • Kit parts (top) vs. Aires parts (bottom)
    Kit parts (top) vs. Aires parts (bottom

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