Tornado Exhaust Nozzles

Published: May 6th, 2018     
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Reviewed by: 
David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models
Price: $24.00
Product / Stock #: 4736

This update set is typical Aires, coming in a sturdy plastic package with foam backing and instructions tucked in between the cardboard back and plastic. First impression is how crisp the detail is on the internal afterburner nozzles and after burner cans. Mold release is non-existent however I still recommend washing the resin before use.

Compared to the Revell kit parts, the Aires set has a finer detailed afterburner fuel manifold & flame stabilizer at an astonishing degree of detail. One word or warning as you will see in the pictures, be very careful when removing the excess material. I used a belt sander and trimmed to what appears correct in the instructions and it gets very thin. Portions of the burner ring backing vanish just leaving the fine webs of the fuel manifold. This will allow you to see right through the part until it is installed on the kit. I fine-tuned removing the back of the part with 600 grit wet/dry sand paper so be very careful.

The other part is the burner cans (single casting) that have a little more detail than the Revell part(s) and different interior lining texture. The last items are the variable nozzles, and much like the cans, have finer detail that is crisp and very thin in areas.

I make masters and castings of my own from time to time but I cannot imagine ever producing details this crisp and delicate. How Aires produces thousands of castings for our hobby, day in and day out, with this level of exquisite detail on all of their update sets is remarkable. I would like to thank Aires for this review sample.

  • Kit parts top, Aires bottom
    Kit parts top, Aires bottom
  • Kit parts left, Aires right
    Kit parts left, Aires right
  • Kit parts left, Aires right
    Kit parts left, Aires right
  • Aires parts
    Aires parts
  • Thin Aires parts
    Thin Aires parts
  • Thin Aires parts
    Thin Aires parts