Published: October 15th, 2010     
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Reviewed by: William Seaman - IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/72
Price: $24.95
Product / Stock #: AHM-7246
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

While this set is designed for the Fujimi kit, it's a direct drop in; you can easily use it on any of the Hasegawa offerings (which I'll be using). It's an excellent upgrade from the kit parts and requires minimal modeling effort to complete.

It consists of a single fret of 2 PE afterburner flame rings and two sets of exhaust "feathers" (long), afterburner cans, and exhaust cones. My sample was cast in dark grey resin and was bubble free. The cut lines are clearly defined and the resin separates easily from the pour stubs with a few swipes from a razor saw. A few swipes with a sanding sick leveled the parts up and they were ready to assemble.

Be very careful with the PE afterburner flame rings. They are extremely delicate and are somewhat oversized for the afterburner cans. I used a wooden dowel, to gently move them into position, to where the grooved afterburner can liner begins.

As always, make sure you wear a respirator when you make your cuts and vacuum up the residual dust once you're finished.

Overall this set is just the ticket for anyone looking to make a more Phabulous Phantom.

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