Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 Wheel Bay

Published: January 16th, 2021     
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Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Price: $29.00
Product / Stock #: 4825
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

Czech Manufacturer Aires Hobby Models has released an aftermarket set to replace the Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 wheel bays. The Sea Harrier has two main wheel bays (nose and ventral) and this kit provides you parts for both. As an 'extra' you even get the interior part of the SHAR air intake -the area just behind the cockpit area- molded in resin.

All parts are molded in cream-colored resin. The parts are free of surface defects and/or part lines.

All parts are superbly molded, with a level of detail that plastic simply cannot replicate, including superbly detailed air compressed tanks, hydraulic fluid tanks and valves. You even get individual electrical wires molded into the resin. Detail painting will pay off.

Pouring stabs are of moderate size and removal of them might take a bit of effort. Likely plastic parts modification would be needed, mainly on the ventral bay.

The set also includes wheel bay covers. Sadly, my review sample had the attachment points of the covers snapped, probably due to rattling of the parts inside the plastic blister.

Given the size of the pouring stabs (for the ventral bay) and the need to modify some plastic parts I would recommend this to the modeler with moderate experienced in resin sets.

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

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