Aires continues to produce some very finely detailed resin parts that upgrade the accuracy of model manufacturer’s releases. The Aires Hobby Models F-100C/D exhaust nozzle for the Trumpeter 1/72 F-100 is no exception. It is molded at the correct length, and comes with a very nice turbine complete with fins and a photo etch flame holder, plus a really nice ribbed burner can and exhaust. The interior of the burner can has only one barely perceptive seam on the inside, but I can certainly deal with it being there. When compared with the short, two pieces can from the kit, it’s a no brainer. I’m still trying to clean up the seams in the 1/8thinch space between the internal ridges. And there are no nasty ejector pin marks to clean up, either. I don’t know how Aires made the mold, but I’m happy with it. The kit burner can has two locator rings molded to it and corresponding grooves on each of the fuselage halves, which lock and align the can in place. There are no such rings on the external surface of the Aires burner cans, so cutting at least one ring out of .060 sheet and fabricating on is pretty much necessary for alignment. The exhaust is nicely done, but so is the one furnished in the kit. I highly recommend this for all of those people that are hung up with seams inside burner cans.
A great deal of thanks goes to Aires for their generosity to IPMS/USA, and to IPMS/USA for letting me review this product.
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